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  • Thanks for the memories

    Dana King’s column “Just out for a Ride,” brought back memories of my childhood rides. Four other siblings and I sat in the back seat and the two youn ...
    Nov. 18, 2016 - 10:27 am
  • Column: Caramel- coated Election Day

    When I go to cast my ballot on Election Day, I think of caramel corn. I swear, when I walk into that voting booth I can smell those sweet and salty pu ...
    Nov. 17, 2016 - 11:47 am
  • Eight myths – and truths – about Hospice care

    As a health and wellness organization, we spend a lot of time talking about the importance of living well. When it comes to dying well, that’s a conve ...
    Nov. 17, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Stricken with West Nile

    Randy Stroud, of Mt. Pleasant, is a large man, well over 6 feet tall. He used to weigh about 270 pounds. He is also a well-known business owner in Mt. ...
    Nov. 17, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Column: The greatest story over-told

    When I went to see a recent rehearsal of the Newton High School drama department’s fall production of short Hans Christian Anderson plays, I noticed W ...
    Nov. 16, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Grateful to be an American

    My friends, how truly blessed we are in America. Not only can I sit on my front porch, deck or yard, visit lakes, rivers and travel the highways and s ...
    Nov. 16, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • Medicaid modernization is good for Iowa

    When Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds first announced plans to modernize the state’s Medicaid system, I was on board. It never seemed logical t ...
    Nov. 16, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • America’s celebrity class versus flyover country

    On the Saturday night after Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory over Hillary Clinton, “Saturday Night Live” decided to forego its mandate — h ...
    Nov. 16, 2016 - 10:40 am
  • Regulations, low commodity prices are key challenges for Iowa ag

    As the nation’s leading producer of pork, corn, soybeans and eggs, Iowa’s agriculture industry has an enormous impact on the country and the world. Th ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Appreciative of veterans’ coverage

    Thank you for the story, “Veteran Honored,” printed Nov. 10, front page, about my family receiving my brother, technician William Schmitz, Bronze Star ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Column: It ends with a 0

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Nov. 4, 2014. As I turned the page of my calendar S ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • Waiting for the leader

    Editor’s Note: The following Marc Dion column was originally released in August 2015. Because of the results of the election, we are releasing it agai ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • It’s over

    Oh, no! President Hillary Clinton! For four years we must follow her bureaucrats’ edicts.It’s full e ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 10:35 am
  • Uncle Sam needs a better handle on your money

    A decade ago, thousands of California National Guard troops re-enlisted to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. For valiantly responding to a shortage of tr ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 10:35 am
  • Column: Don’t forget the turkey

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Nov. 10, 2014. So, it’s happened. Halloween ended a ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 10:52 am