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  • Same socks marriage

    Due to a teenage stint as a worker in a hotel laundry, I am a highly skilled folder. My wife discovered this soon after we married, when I offered to ...
    April 11, 2017 - 10:05 am
  • Legislative session winding down

    Project Labor Agreements: A Republican-sponsored bill that concerns Project Labor Agreements passed the House 57-41 along party lines. PLAs are a coll ...
    April 10, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • Enough protection already

    “Trump may have just signed a death warrant for our planet!” warns CNN host Van Jones.“Disaster for ...
    April 10, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • Teen Beat, Doogie and bragging rights

    Editor’s note: This column originally published April 25, 2016.When I was growing up, there was noth ...
    April 10, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • Column: Has compromise been officially filibustered?

    The filibuster. This U.S. Senate rule-of-last-resort isn’t just theatrics, although it can be theatrical.
    April 7, 2017 - 11:13 am
  • My journey to a good night’s sleep

    I can’t remember the last time I went to bed and slept through the night. I’m an early riser, which means I am generally ready to call it a day by 8 p ...
    April 7, 2017 - 10:28 am
  • Country Club donation should get another consideration

    The Newton City Council took a curious vote this week which could stymie development at the former country club — a location in which the city has alr ...
    April 7, 2017 - 10:29 am
  • Surviving Part III

    This is the third of four installments of a short story, “Surviving,” written by Susie Clark. In the first two installments, Clark writes about the de ...
    April 6, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • Old theories hurt education

    Two prior education theories share responsibility for the downfall of education in this country, and the struggle to get back on track. 
    April 6, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • Column: The path of discovery

    I have been fortunate to acquire a fairly broad knowledge of the theatre world having attended performances at the Des Moines Civic Center over the pa ...
    April 6, 2017 - 10:26 am
  • Safe Haven and updating asset forfeiture laws

    Last week the Senate passed SF 360 unanimously, expanding Iowa’s Safe Haven law. The Safe Haven Act is a law that allows parents — or another person w ...
    April 5, 2017 - 10:02 am
  • When does Trump become the establishment?

    Let’s pretend.It’s January 2017, and President Jeb Bush just took office.After conceding to his righ ...
    April 5, 2017 - 10:02 am
  • Column: Talking hoops, walking hoops

    Basketball is art, and the court is a canvas prepared for expression. I’ll watch a high school game ...
    April 5, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Column: Facing my fears

    In honor of the recent April showers bringing out the vermiphobia (scaredy cat of worms) in me. This column originally published on April 26, 2016.
    April 4, 2017 - 10:31 am
  • Education, budget and abortion ban discussions top week at Capitol

    Education omnibus bill:  SF 475 passed out of the Senate with limited Democratic support, and it’s now in the House awaiting debate. The bill is large ...
    April 4, 2017 - 10:07 am