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  • Flying the ‘friendly’ skies

    Recently, I was giving advice on standard operating procedures when traveling by airplane. The person in question had never flown and was asking a few ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Companies belied by campaign donations

    Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle. After Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a law permitting discrimination on t ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:42 am
  • Washington-style gridlock at statehouse

    It frustrates me that kids’ educations are, once again, being used as political bargaining chips. There is still no breakthrough to resolve the school ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • April Fools

    Being the high school class clown, graduating to prankster and practical jokester came natural. April Fools’ Day is a gimme.
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Schieffer’s retirement is loss to quality journalism

    Pragmatism and balanced analysis is an increasingly dying art in journalism, and is almost nonexistent in the 24-hour-per-day media cycle of cable’s i ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Equal pay day

    When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each othe ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:50 am
  • Everyone remembers their first trips to the drive-in

    I remember the muggy night as if were a week ago — even though it was in June of 1977. My parents dragged me and my toddler sister to the Ranch Drive- ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Lincoln assassination remembered

    Larry HurtoNewtonApril 14 marked the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. I have ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Why the left lies

    “When yet another hand clamped over her mouth, Jackie bit it, and the hand became a fist that punched her in the face. ‘Grab its [expletive] leg,’ she ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • A bacon-wrapped cholesterol bomb

    Let me say one word to you: Bacon.Not only is it delicious, it’s practically irresistible — I even k ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Religious liberty in Iowa

    Religious liberty or “Right of Conscience” has become a front-and-center national issue with the recent events unfolding in states like Indiana and Ar ...
    April 14, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Hearing the roar again

    This past weekend I got to do something that I haven’t been able to in quite a while — watch Tiger Woods play decent golf. He didn’t have a stellar to ...
    April 14, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • It’s time to do the right thing

    Mary LaHayDes MoinesAs founder of the organization Iowa Friends of Companion Animals, I appreciate J ...
    April 14, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Don’t kill Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    What you wanted, if you were any kind of American, was to rewind the tape to just before the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. And Spider-Man wou ...
    April 14, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Let the games begin

    Do you ever feel like you’re running nonstop and you’re just entirely unable to catch your breath? Welcome to spring sports and three kids.
    April 13, 2015 - 11:14 am
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