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  • Protecting the health care of Iowans

    This week, a bill was introduced in the Iowa Senate to stop Gov. Terry Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program.
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:09 am
  • Political arrogance

    After the Iowa caucus results, it looks like Hillary Clinton vs. Marco Rubio in November!They lead t ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:08 am
  • Off to a good start

    I was asked to pen a column for this Monday’s edition of the paper. Usually I have no problem fulfilling this request, as I am just a once-in-awhile c ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • Declutter to de-stress

    Have you heard about the tiny living movement? People choosing to “simplify” their lives by downsizing? Willingly choosing to live in an area averagin ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • Planes, trains and automobiles

    There's an unconventional place in the world where a person can find a sense of unity while experiencing individuality and meditation. It's a place wi ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Does Iowa care about animal rights?

    Ali IsermanMount PleasantIf you take a close look at our current laws regarding commercial dog breed ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • Engage Iowa starting conversation about our state’s serious problems

    I’ve traveled the state quite a bit in recent months, talking to Iowans about public policy ideas being generated from my new think tank called Engage ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Confessions of a book addict

    I can’t stop reading. Printed material to me is like lifeblood. It makes no difference whether it’s a hardbound book, the Kindle, National Geographic, ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Fun in a blizzard — of Ozz

    By the time Ozzy Osbourne shouted out the first lines of “Paranoid,” we already knew we were seeing something historic.
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Weeds dominate Republican field

    Joel WormleyNewtonAs a member of a family which, patrilineally, has been Republican since Mr. Lincol ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:42 am
  • State issues should take precedence

    I received a birthday card in the mail last week from our state representative Dan Kelley. Although it is always nice to receive a birthday card, I fo ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Isn’t it strange?

    There is a letter titled “Isn’t It Strange?” making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Human trafficking is modern day slavery

    Iowa is not immune to sex and labor human trafficking. Jasper County is at risk. It is time to work together to find solutions, enact protections and ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:29 am
  • Dry eye

    I had to go buy a little bottle of artificial tears for my mother tonight. That’s an odd thing to be buying in America right now — crying is very near ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 8:57 am
  • In their own words

    I have two kiddos with very different personalities which are definitely beginning to flourish. They both have their own ideas, dreams and way of doin ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 8:57 am