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  • 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
  • Thank you, Rep. Heartsill

    Integrated Treatment Services is an agency that provides various levels of substance abuse treatment and mental health services to a client base with ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 2:01 pm
  • Just out for a ride

    When I was a kid, we’d go for rides. My parents would load my brother, sister and me in the car and off we’d go... with no particular destination in m ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 2:06 pm
  • Shop local this holiday

    Other places worth visiting: Aleya, Maytag Dairy Farms, Shoe Depot, Game Stop, Cato, Hallmark, Hendrickson's, Skiff Gift Store,
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • When did Veterans Day replace Armistice Day?

    When I was in high school in the late 1940s, Nov. 11 was Armistice Day. After morning classes, there was an all-school Patriotic Assembly, complete wi ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 2:03 pm
  • America’s dark underbelly is now its face

    An election that might have marked the ascension of America’s first woman president has instead proven historic for an altogether different reason. Na ...
    Nov. 10, 2016 - 11:07 am
  • Column: Let's all go to the lobby

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published March 31, 2016. At the time of my first trip to ...
    Nov. 10, 2016 - 11:41 am
  • Honest man

    It was late Saturday night, or late for us, anyway—10 p.m. Ginnie and I were returning home from a busy fall day of getting the stink blown off us. I ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 2:37 pm
  • How to strengthen our democracy

    Throughout this trying election season, we’ve been told how much is at stake with our vote. But the success of any democracy depends on continuing to ...
    Nov. 9, 2016 - 1:29 am
  • A light in our darkness

    Tragedy struck way to close to home last week when two Des Moines area officers were murdered for the uniform they wear and the freedoms they stand fo ...
    Nov. 9, 2016 - 1:29 am