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  • Keeping away the big, scary monkey

    It took just a few months shy of four years, but we finally had our first lasting bad dream. My oldest still takes the occasional nap and when I picke ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • End bullying in Iowa

    A couple of years ago I spent a lot of time reading, researching and learning about bullying in schools. Amid the mounds of material that is available ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Iowa invests in teacher leaders

    Iowa has become the first state to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Spontaneous order

    Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need one.Suppose you’d never see ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:57 am
  • Caucus recognizes importance of rural economy

    Over the past 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. We must all work together to repopulate those are ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Green believers

    By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more t ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Why I’m pulling for Brian Williams

    Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection.Newsrooms are tribal and competitive, fuel ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • The truth about marijuana

    I’m proud of the teens in Henry County for helping shatter the myths about marijuana use. They partnered with other teens across the U.S., and the Nat ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Budget dysfunction calls for a sea change

    The president released a nearly $4 trillion budget proposal to Congress in February that would grow the government. America needs to grow the economy.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Telling the truth about religious violence

    President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Vaccination is medical issue — not a political one

    Like many people born in the U.S. over the past 60 years, I received some sort of vaccine or vaccines when I was very little.
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Republican ideas should be questioned

    Max TiptonNewtonThe Republicans in Washington have voted some 56 times to repeal the Affordable Care ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • How to make cancer funny

    How to make cancer funny?— Hodgkin lymphoma? More like Hodgkin lame-phoma.—Did you hear about the ti ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • A bailed-out banker lectures about fairness

    Jamie Dimon is annoyed. He’s fed up with the populist attitude that’s sweeping the country. He’s not going to take it anymore.
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • What’s for breakfast?

    Because I’m on vacation from my newspaper reporter job this week, I’ve been eating breakfast at my favorite diner every morning. Eggs. Pancakes. Hash ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:12 pm
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    Reader Poll

    Should the speed limit on some Iowa highways be changed to 75 mph?