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Fair-time fun

Corn dogs, pork chop on a stick and the Butter Cow are just a few things that come to mind when I think about the Iowa State Fair. My attend…

E&E diet

I had fielded one-too-many quips about my weight: “Really pack’n it on there, aren’t you?” This hurt my feelings, so I decided to do somethi…

Family Meal

I got my first real job when I was 14, washing dishes and bussing tables at a restaurant down the street from our house. I’d been working fo…

What if everybody sucks at everything?

This week, President Trump went on a Twitter rampage — rightly so — over the firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok. Strzok, you’ll recall, is the…

25 years of exchange students

At our most recent monthly O.P.E.N. Sister City meeting, we discussed a brief history of our Community Student Exchange Program with some i…

The United States of monopoly rule

Monopolies aren’t merely un-American — they’re virulently anti-American. They suppress our fundamental values of fairness and opportunity fo…

The art of the Korean deal

North Korea got to keep its nuclear missiles. American got 55 boxes of bones.Shrewd.Apparently, Nort…

Q&A: Clean energy

Q: How does clean energy help Iowa’s economy?A: Renewable energy helps diversify Iowa’s economy and …

Go Cubs Go!

Editor’s note: This column first published Aug. 22, 2017.This summer, a new passion has entered into…

Good Neighbors

Thanks go out to the following — first and foremost, to my wife Judy. Next, to the following: Eric Dodds, Brooke Williams and another gentle…
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