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  • A wonderful time of the year

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Oct. 24, 2016.While I love a Thanksgiving gathering ...
    Oct. 9, 2017 - 10:06 am
  • Things that go bump

    Editor’s note: This column originally published April 9, 2015There’s something odd going on in my ho ...
    Oct. 6, 2017 - 10:16 am
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to refresh your knowledge of the disease. As more research is done and advancements are made ...
    Oct. 6, 2017 - 10:16 am
  • Column: Star holds the brightest future

    Editor’s note: This column originally published March 3, 2017. I’m a card-carrying member of The Pl ...
    Oct. 6, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Body tuning table

    I met Michael Childress at an Art-in-the-Park in Ft. Madison. His display was set up across from mine with a group of artists called Artist Trax Studi ...
    Oct. 5, 2017 - 12:13 pm
  • Why CCI Action endorsed Cathy Glasson

    Our vision for changing “business as usual” politics starts and stops with people.That’s why the Iow ...
    Oct. 5, 2017 - 12:13 pm
  • Players should respect the flag

    Kudos to Sherman Swank in Thursday’s editorial “Boycott the NFL.” While I agree with the football players, I feel strongly they could have used anothe ...
    Oct. 5, 2017 - 12:13 pm
  • Column: Proud of mom

    The city of Montezuma has always had a large presence in my life. I have never lived there, however, it feels like a second home. It’s where my mom gr ...
    Oct. 5, 2017 - 12:31 pm
  • The power of good

    This week, an evil human being murdered nearly 60 Americans and wounded more than 500 others in Las Vegas. His attack was well-planned: The shooter ha ...
    Oct. 4, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Support local blood drive

    I am hoping that everyone in the community takes the time to donate blood from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. The blood mobile will be at Dairy Queen, 20 ...
    Oct. 4, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Educators, media miss details

    Iowa educators, through the media, have a bad habit of looking only at averages that miss the important details for improved decision-making.  One exa ...
    Oct. 4, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Column: Into the great wide open

    Thomas Earl Petty is headed into the great wide open, but it’s the rest of us who’ve lost something we’ll never get back. After suffering from a massi ...
    Oct. 4, 2017 - 11:10 am
  • Column: Adventures with Moe and Carl

    We’re trying it again. Last week we added two new family members, kittens Moe and Carl. My girls lo ...
    Oct. 3, 2017 - 10:18 am
  • Finding a common language on climate

    If you don’t already agree with me on something, odds are I can’t convince you I’m right.There’s ple ...
    Oct. 3, 2017 - 9:57 am
  • The man who wouldn’t pledge the glag

    For 25 years, I’ve been a reporter on a midsized daily newspaper. For a few years, my beat was a nearby town, a small place that was rapidly making th ...
    Oct. 3, 2017 - 9:57 am