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  • New Year

    2017 will be keen! I plan on eating pork and cabbage on New Year’s Day to ensure good luck in the coming year. My old friend, Harold Sammons, told me ...
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 10:33 am
  • Trump’s Choice

    America’s socialists — I mean, progressives, are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education.
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 10:34 am
  • Obama’s Skewed Moral Universe

    President Barack Obama likes to see himself as a moral leader. “The arc of the moral universe is long,” Obama likes to say, quoting Martin Luther King ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 10:31 am
  • Column: I was born in a small town

    I have a habit of using song lyrics to convey feelings and explain real-life situations. John Mellencamp’s “Small Town” seems appropriate right now.
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 11:01 am
  • The People’s Business

    Q: What are some highlights from the 114th Congress?A: When visiting with Iowans during my 99-county ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 10:31 am
  • Column: Kiss the cook

    Editor’s note: This column orginally published Feb 23, 2016 I am by all accounts not the best cook. ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 1:32 pm
  • Spending out of control?

    City Administration appears to be shooting from the hip with no real aim in sight. This letter is in response to recent events published in the paper. ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 11:09 am
  • Alt-rightnik

    There is a word, a word in Yiddish, the kind of Yiddish we speak in America, and the word is “alrightnik.” An alrightnik is a person who’s done well f ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • Column: ‘O Christmas Tree’

    Christmas is officially here! OK, so it’s been around for most of the month, sometimes longer depending on who you are. I’m not one to start decoratin ...
    Dec. 23, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • The dangers of big philanthropy

    It’s the season of giving.When you hear about a billionaire “giving back” — like Nike founder Phil K ...
    Dec. 23, 2016 - 10:29 am
  • Column: Do you hear what I hear?

    Forgive my ‘humbug’ attitude, but I’m going to blurt something out here ... some people simply shouldn’t be singing Christmas songs and some Christmas ...
    Dec. 23, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • Column: This is Maria

    Editor’s note: This column originally published March 10, 2016 I recently met Maria. I do not know ...
    Dec. 22, 2016 - 10:51 am
  • Three Christmas tales

    Here are three Christmas tales from the annals of the Swarm family. I’ve written about each one separately before. For the sake of brevity, I’ll combi ...
    Dec. 22, 2016 - 10:18 am
  • Mental health in Iowa is fragmented, costly

    When mental health issues become visible, it often happens explosively and tragically. The shootings at Newtown and Virginia Tech, along with countles ...
    Dec. 22, 2016 - 10:19 am
  • What is a home?

    I believe a home is what we all wish to have more than anything, don’t you?Ernestine Schuman Heink s ...
    Dec. 21, 2016 - 10:42 am