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  • Hold the mashed potatoes

    Another Thanksgiving is in the books, and today I look back on what can only be described as a resounding success — mostly because nothing caught on f ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Self-defenseless

    What might have happened if a few of the 1,500 concert attendees in Paris’ Bataclan theater had guns? The terrorists had time to kill, reload and kill ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 10:44 am
  • JCCA wowed by recent performance

    Glenda DuffusNewtonMembers of the Jasper County Concert Association (JCCA) and their guests were rec ...
    Nov. 30, 2015 - 10:44 am
  • Who packs your parachute?

    At church the other day, I heard a rather moving sermon.I realize all sermons should speak to you on ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 10:07 am
  • Kelley supports Iowa veterans

    Rep. Jerry KearnsKeokukI’ve served with Rep. Dan Kelley in the Iowa House of Representatives for fiv ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 10:05 am
  • Holm for the holidays

    When Holly Holm came out to do a post-fight news conference after a 2009 pro boxing victory, she had some people to meet with first.
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:33 am
  • Political word salad

    Have you ever noticed how politicians, or talking heads with the 24-hour news networks, like to use metaphors and analogies? They try (emphasis on “tr ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:33 am
  • Medicaid is a health safety net for all

    Sen. Rob HoggCedar RapidsThis Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Medicaid, the health care safety net th ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:32 am
  • Stop shopping, start living

    Imagine if retailers held a nationwide super-spectacular sales day — and no one came.I don’t mean cu ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • America isn’t great

    Donald Trump’s recent slipping in the polls is good news because it means there are fewer white trash people in the country than we thought. A lot of ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Measuring student success in community colleges

    Local students enroll in community colleges for a variety of reasons. Many students enroll with the intent to complete a degree or certificate while o ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Disney on Ice, here we come

    For the third year in a row, my kids, husband and I will be attending Disney on Ice at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. When ranking the excitement ea ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • O’Malley is only candidate with record of actions

    While Gov. Martin O’Malley has made 20 trips to Iowa since April, his sterling debate performance last month and fiery speech at the Jefferson-Jackson ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:53 am
  • Don’t let fear win

    When I traveled for the first time to Montana in the summer of 2014 I was able to meet and get a photo with Gov. Steve Bullock on my first day in Big ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:55 am
  • Anti-liberty politicians

    After a terrorist attack, it’s natural to ask: What can politicians do to keep us safe?One thing the ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:53 am