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  • The charmless Hillary juggernaut

    Hillary Clinton is not a pleasant human being, by all available evidence. She does not convince; she browbeats. She does not discuss; she lectures. He ...
    March 18, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Fight, fight, fight for Iowa!

    I am an Iowa Hawkeye fan. I bleed black and gold. I spent four years at the University of Iowa getting my degree in journalism and visit several Satur ...
    March 17, 2015 - 10:24 am
  • Sorry, we’re out of poison

    The American prison system is probably the only place in the country where you can’t find enough drugs to overdose. Once again, states, terrified they ...
    March 17, 2015 - 10:22 am
  • A person’s a person, no matter how small

    This past week the Iowa House of Representatives debated and passed House File 573, a bill requiring an abortion provider to certify that prior to the ...
    March 17, 2015 - 10:22 am
  • Warm weather = happy people

    As I type, the current temperature is 70 degrees. My motivation for being inside, writing a column is well below zero.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • Bipartisan senate supports access to mental health services

    The state of Iowa needs to do more — not less — to ensure that all Iowans have access to mental health services.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • What’s fair?

    Donald Trump’s kids and Paris Hilton’s siblings were born rich. That gave them a big advantage in life. Unfair!
    March 16, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • Take a walk on the wild side

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, not exactly but you know what I mean — of the new year. Birds are chirping and blue skies are smiling ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Technology does not guarantee transparency

    In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. The cost of archiving documents should be lower, because data c ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Expanding broadband for Iowans

    With today’s rapidly changing economy, we know broadband and Internet access have become essential parts of our daily lives. These have also become cr ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Crash into me

    My first car was a 1974 Ford Torino — deep blue with a soft top and a big 351 V-8 Windsor engine. It’s fate: The radiator cracked, the brake calipers ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • Art judge

    Me, an art judge. Ha! But it happened. Two nice ladies from the Keokuk Fine Arts Council approached and asked if I’d be the judge for their tri-state, ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • Why this Catholic physician supports medical aid in dying

    Inspired by the public advocacy of terminal brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard, lawmakers in Washington, DC, and at least 16 other states – from Ca ...
    March 12, 2015 - 11:58 am
  • Donut in hand, sage advice is provided

    A recent conversation between some peers and I involved mention of childhood fisticuffs and self-defense with an encyclopedia.
    March 11, 2015 - 12:04 pm
  • The Hillary cover-up

    Last week, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never — not once — used her official State Department email addr ...
    March 11, 2015 - 11:26 am
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