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  • Smoke alarms: an important part of fire safety

    If I asked you where your smoke alarms are in your home, could you tell me? If you’re like many people, you may not pay much attention to where smoke ...
    Oct. 2, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • You can’t fire us, we quit

    One by one the Republicans are falling away.First it was Rick “Oops” Perry. Maybe the former Texas g ...
    Oct. 2, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Mending our welcome mat

    My great grandmother Rose was just 10 when she traveled to the United States with her family. They fled from Poland to England, took a boat to Canada, ...
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Pappy’s old time tractor restoration

    On the banks of Big Creek, on the west side of Mt. Pleasant, on Business 34, is a brand new shop with a whole bunch of real “purdy” old tractors parke ...
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • The business of academia

    As a Hawkeye freshman 12 years ago, I went to a welcome week block party on the red-brick road passing the university president’s mansion. The Univers ...
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Special-event jerseys: The new gold bling

    Imagine if you were about to go in for major surgery. After you’re wheeled into an operating room, a public address announcer’s voice interrupts.
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Pipeline will help our state, local communities

    Here in Iowa, we take pride in public discourse about critical policies that affect our families and communities. Outside of the Iowa caucuses, the Da ...
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • ‘Clock Boy,’ America’s suicidal PC tendencies

    , Muslim 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed made national news after being detained by police for bringing a deconstructed clock to his Texas school. The clock ...
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Iowa leaders urge bipartisan action on immigration reform

    Iowa is not new to politics. As the first-in-the-nation caucus state, our media and communities are deeply involved and invested in the electoral proc ...
    Sept. 29, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • What you see at a craft show

    I have been participating in craft shows for about eight years and am always amazed at what people come up with to sell. As trends come and go, so do ...
    Sept. 29, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • The quotable Yogi

    I never met a bad writer who didn’t quote Yogi Berra frequently. This is particularly true of newspaper people, many of whom love baseball, principall ...
    Sept. 29, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • On making promises to women and girls: It’s time to make them real

    Recent headlines have been bleak for women and girls in the developing world: the Islamic State runs a system of sex slaves for its recruits; terroris ...
    Sept. 28, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • Government: Here to help!

    Government wants you to think it helps you at every turn. Every time you make a decision, a purchase, government wants to be there, looking essential.
    Sept. 28, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • The Dallas Clark effect

    Well, I’m going to have to go to the Blake Shelton concert at Kinnick Stadium, even though I can’t name a single song of his.
    Sept. 28, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • The time I spent two days with five farmers

    The past few weeks, I've been working on a project for our Central Iowa AG Magazine that comes out the first week of November.
    Sept. 25, 2015 - 11:24 am
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