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  • Shop-free holidays

    I did not shop on Thanksgiving. I did not shop on Black Friday. In fact, I took all of November off. And I’m thinking of making December a shopping-fr ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Does this definition make me look rich?

    How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal?
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:17 am
  • Happy holidays

    Oh, the holidays. A time to gather with family and friends to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company and try to minimize the messes, fights and temp ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 11:30 am
  • Welcome back, murderous ones! We missed you!

    In the greasy little places where America’s race issues are really worked out, between a liquor store and a nail salon, in some neighborhood that used ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • The fracking rush hits a pothole

    Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billion ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 11:57 am
  • Santa’s little ‘helper’

    I caught a glimpse of his smug little smile before I’d even managed to make my way to the coffeepot Sunday morning.
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Great community made Thanksgiving a success

    Curtis HerbigNewtonI am writing as the owner of Culver’s to thank the Salvation Army, United Way and ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Thanks, property rights!

    This Thanksgiving, I gave thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights.People ass ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Public education resists raising standards

    Public education resists high standardsSue AtkinsonBaxterIntervention is used when a behavior is con ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Thank you Careage

    Margarett HolmesNewtonThe annual Thanksgiving meal was served Nov. 20 at Careage. It was a full hous ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:33 am
  • Gobble up! It's Bill Murray Day!

    “A pumpkin! Mama, look! Pumpkin! Pumpkin!”“That’s not a pumpkin, baby. That’s Bill Murray.”My 2-year ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 10:07 am
  • Black Friday Blues

    Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on “Black Friday” for spectacular deals. What they don’t know is that the best bargains have already b ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 10:06 am
  • The camera loved Seberg

    Barry HurtoNewtonMy brother and I had the opportunity to travel to Marshalltown to participate in th ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:33 am
  • Order or law, which nation do we want to be?

    When I was in primary school, I had the privilege to consider Francisco Luna my friend. His father was a member of the Ecuadorian military who had fal ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:29 am
  • I don't know the ways of the snow plow

    Comedian George Carlin occasionally asked American audiences, “Is it safe to drink the water here?”I ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:29 am
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    What is your favorite holiday tradition?
    Spending time with family and friends
    Making holiday treats
    Singing Christmas songs
    Decorating the tree