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  • Telling the truth about religious violence

    President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Vaccination is medical issue — not a political one

    Like many people born in the U.S. over the past 60 years, I received some sort of vaccine or vaccines when I was very little.
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Republican ideas should be questioned

    Max TiptonNewtonThe Republicans in Washington have voted some 56 times to repeal the Affordable Care ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • How to make cancer funny

    How to make cancer funny?— Hodgkin lymphoma? More like Hodgkin lame-phoma.—Did you hear about the ti ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • A bailed-out banker lectures about fairness

    Jamie Dimon is annoyed. He’s fed up with the populist attitude that’s sweeping the country. He’s not going to take it anymore.
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • What’s for breakfast?

    Because I’m on vacation from my newspaper reporter job this week, I’ve been eating breakfast at my favorite diner every morning. Eggs. Pancakes. Hash ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:12 pm
  • Fun with my snow bunnies

    I am hoping, without much faith, that the past snow fall is the last of the year. As beautiful as a white, sparkling, snow covered town can be, I am m ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:11 pm
  • Rules: How the political class silences the voice of everyday Iowans

    One of the housekeeping items at the beginning of every new General Assembly, is the adoption of rules. Each standing committee in both chambers adopt ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:11 pm
  • Kindness shouldn’t be avoided

    “Excuse me, ma’am, can you help me?”I understand not everyone wants to stop and help a stranger. We ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Parasites

    Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they’re important because they are parasites. They feed ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 11:36 am
  • Improving access to quality healthcare services

    Becoming the healthiest state in the country isn’t just about eating nutritious foods and making time for exercise. Iowans also deserve access to affo ...
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Mommy truce

    In the early ‘90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my bi ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 12:07 pm
  • The Final Chapter of the Maytag/Midtown Coffee Club

    Shortly after the dedication of the newly completed Maytag Hotel on Dec. 26, 1926, a small group of local merchants and ministers formed a new coffee ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Home Base Iowa helps connect veterans to potential employers

    This week, Major General Timothy Orr, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard gave the annual “Condition of the Guard” address to a special jo ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Mentholatum

    I had been priding myself that I had not had this cold and flu that’s going around. If I ran into a neighbor at the supermarket, who looked like death ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:39 am
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    Reader Poll

    Should the speed limit on some Iowa highways be changed to 75 mph?