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  • Column: The puzzle of life

    I love puzzles — any sort of games really — something that gets the mind working in overdrive to keep it from growing bored or stagnant. I love learni ...
    Jan. 5, 2017 - 10:28 am
  • Why I answered the call for veterans to go to Standing Rock

    I lay among friends, huddled and cold in our sleeping bags. We listened to the lashing wind and the drums and prayer chants coming from the sacred fir ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • It’s all in the follow-through

    Editors note: This column originally published Jan. 8, 2016.This may come as no surprise, but let me ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Column: Should we reduce courtship to 140 characters?

    Editor’s note: This column originally published on April 14, 2016. I recently realized I’m becoming ...
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • New Year

    2017 will be keen! I plan on eating pork and cabbage on New Year’s Day to ensure good luck in the coming year. My old friend, Harold Sammons, told me ...
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 10:33 am
  • Trump’s Choice

    America’s socialists — I mean, progressives, are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education.
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 10:34 am
  • Obama’s Skewed Moral Universe

    President Barack Obama likes to see himself as a moral leader. “The arc of the moral universe is long,” Obama likes to say, quoting Martin Luther King ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 10:31 am
  • Column: I was born in a small town

    I have a habit of using song lyrics to convey feelings and explain real-life situations. John Mellencamp’s “Small Town” seems appropriate right now.
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 11:01 am
  • The People’s Business

    Q: What are some highlights from the 114th Congress?A: When visiting with Iowans during my 99-county ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 10:31 am
  • Column: Kiss the cook

    Editor’s note: This column orginally published Feb 23, 2016 I am by all accounts not the best cook. ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 1:32 pm
  • Spending out of control?

    City Administration appears to be shooting from the hip with no real aim in sight. This letter is in response to recent events published in the paper. ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 11:09 am
  • Alt-rightnik

    There is a word, a word in Yiddish, the kind of Yiddish we speak in America, and the word is “alrightnik.” An alrightnik is a person who’s done well f ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • Column: ‘O Christmas Tree’

    Christmas is officially here! OK, so it’s been around for most of the month, sometimes longer depending on who you are. I’m not one to start decoratin ...
    Dec. 23, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • The dangers of big philanthropy

    It’s the season of giving.When you hear about a billionaire “giving back” — like Nike founder Phil K ...
    Dec. 23, 2016 - 10:29 am
  • Column: Do you hear what I hear?

    Forgive my ‘humbug’ attitude, but I’m going to blurt something out here ... some people simply shouldn’t be singing Christmas songs and some Christmas ...
    Dec. 23, 2016 - 10:37 am