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  • Fill-up your car before Sunday!

    The governor signed a bill I opposed Wednesday morning which will take $3.7 million out of Jasper County pockets. An additional 10 cents will be added ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • A racial slur and second chances

    Let’s start at the beginning.A very good place to start.Last Sunday, Lady Gaga brought the Oscar cro ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 10:58 am
  • The war on drugs, San Francisco-style

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had out-of-towners tell me they think San Francisco is a breathtakingly beautiful city — so why is it that City H ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 10:58 am
  • Facebook February

    February is my favorite month. OK, I have to admit the main reason for my fondness is because it’s my birth month. It makes it easy to love.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • Giuliani: nutball or sleazeball?

    I’m trying to make up my mind about Rudy Giuliani: I can’t decide whether he’s a nutball or a sleazeball. For now I’m going with a sleazy nutball, but ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • The future

    Future cars may be driverless and powered by hydrogen. Toyota already has a hydrogen fuel-cell model ready for the market, with other auto makers scra ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Wrestlers use unique combo of brains, brawn

    High school and college wrestlers have told me it’s tough to describe their yearly cycle of training and preparing, let alone describe what it’s like ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:52 am
  • A late-night mommy call

    There are only two groups of people who make plans to go out after 10 p.m.: those answering a booty call and moms. It’s possible there is a third grou ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:39 am
  • Community Reinvestment Act can boost energy efficiency, funding for low-income schools

    One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Would ISIS like some heroin?

    Ever since a State Department spokeswoman stupidly suggested that people are happier with jobs and money than without jobs and money, Americans have r ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • My other love — crafting

    As a hobby and a way to make some fun money, I started crafting about eight years ago. My mom taught me how to sew with my own little machine when I w ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • Stacking the deck

    A new precedent has been established in Iowa politics: If at first you don’t succeed, stack the deck so you get your desired outcome. At least that is ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • Learning to abide

    Last week my sports editor walked into my office and told me I need to step up my bowling game. Whil ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • How should our state universities be funded?

    Historically, state universities and colleges have received state funding based on the number of full-time students enrolled at the beginning of the s ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • No gatekeepers

    For years, people assumed encyclopedias had to be created by professionals. Then Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attempted to create an encyclopedia wit ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:49 am
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