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  • Editorial: Stand your ground isn’t right for Iowa

    A bill making its way through the Iowa Legislature to expand gun rights in Iowa packs in an abundance of questionable and unneeded provisions — but at ...
    March 17, 2017 - 10:15 am
  • Column: Art works!

    When we provided an update on the Colfax-Mingo school district’s decision to not fill their elementary arts teacher position in February, there were t ...
    March 17, 2017 - 10:15 am
  • Legislature declares war on working people

    Well it appears the hypocrites who are dressed in sheep’s clothing are finally removing it to reveal the true wolves they truly are. Of course, I am r ...
    March 16, 2017 - 9:52 am
  • King’s tweet bothersome

    Congressman Steve King’s tweet about how “we can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” bothers me a lot.
    March 16, 2017 - 9:52 am
  • Column: Bringing Jersey to Iowa

    “Oh, what a night” at the Des Moines Civic Center. I was among the many excited theatre goers who filed in to see opening night of “Jersey Boys” Tuesd ...
    March 16, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Prayer pillow

    Sal Alaniz gave me the prayer pillow for Ginnie. It was made by his mother, Tiny, from a group at St. Alphonsus Church in Mt. Pleasant, who make praye ...
    March 16, 2017 - 9:52 am
  • Debate begins in earnest

    Gov. Branstad issued a disaster proclamation for Appanoose, Muscatine, Scott and Wayne counties due to the severe weather last week. This means state ...
    March 15, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • The 5 stages of a Trump scandal

    Another week, another “nothing burger” Trump scandal.This week, President Trump took to Twitter to a ...
    March 15, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Column: Wedding bells and tired eyes

    That time of year has hit — most everyone is groaning over the remnants of snow and the bitter cold that is still lingering in March.
    March 15, 2017 - 10:27 am
  • Constitutional rights debated

    Long hours of debate consumed a large portion of our time at the Capitol during week 9. Voter ID bill HF 516 and Gun bill HF 517 took up the majority ...
    March 14, 2017 - 9:50 am
  • Column: Staycation

    Last weekend, to beat some of the winter blues and cure our cabin fever, my family took a little staycation. We didn’t go far, about 30 miles west to ...
    March 14, 2017 - 10:12 am
  • A bowl of stew

    I had a bowl of stew for dinner tonight. It was the old-fashioned kind of stew. Meat. Potatoes. Carrots. Onions. Mushrooms. My wife made it in the cro ...
    March 14, 2017 - 9:50 am
  • Column: Frosty — everything

    On Friday afternoon I sent a text to my best friend who just returned from a weeklong trip. I had made tentative plans to go see her upon her return b ...
    March 13, 2017 - 10:30 am
  • Killing Big Bird

    This week, Donald Trump releases his new budget. It’s expected to cut spending on things like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowm ...
    March 13, 2017 - 10:29 am
  • Editorial: Lawmakers should right the wrong when it comes to health insurance

    Last month an investigation into Iowa lawmakers’ health insurance revealed more than 100 legislators are paying hundreds of dollars less than they sho ...
    March 13, 2017 - 10:30 am