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Opinion

  • Gun lies

    My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn’t even let me hold a fake gun on TV to demons ...
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 12:01 pm
  • Milwaukee with the Malotts

    We spent Tuesday driving to our hotel, which was about six hours away. On the way, we drove through Sterling and Dixon, Ill., home of Shaw Media, and ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Supporters of diplomacy over war must speak up

    Members of Congress are fleeing Washington’s steam bath for their August recess, making this a key time for constituents to raise their voices on cruc ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Hillary runs from free trade record

    In her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has lately promoted herself as a populist defender of the middle class. To th ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Wilbur Swindler swindles old age

    You might know, he lives on Friendly Lane in Ottumwa. How apropos. On his wall is a sign, in the shape of a puzzle piece, that reads: “Live Life, Neve ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Those who dine together

    There was a little Ethiopian food restaurant in downtown Iowa City which gave a Midwestern home of Chickpea Wat, Injera — or flat bread — and savory E ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • Newton shines in the summertime

    Kelly ZachNewtonI am writing this letter in appreciation of the awesome summer we have had to share ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Pipeline is in all our best interests

    Chris CarterDes MoinesIowa farmers and our nation’s economic productivity rely on access to essentia ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Candidates at least get people talking

    Most of us form opinions of government leaders or candidates for office based on very little information. There simply does not seem to be enough hour ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 10:41 am
  • The age of the demagogue

    Last week, President Obama visited the set of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” for the third, and presumably final, time. Obama has set records for the ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • Where is the outrage?

    Norman RozendaalMonroeHow far have we gone? Where is the outrage?Alarmists in our country are in an ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • A love, hate relationship

    My family has a love, hate relationship with carpet. My husband loves it, and I hate it.In the first ...
    Aug. 4, 2015 - 11:33 am
  • Learning styles concepts still failing

    Sue AtkinsonBaxterEach of us has one, or a combination, of the three learning styles: visual, tactil ...
    Aug. 4, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Why your kid can’t get serious about mass murder

    There are kids all over this country, and they go online and become “radicalized.”They go on a white ...
    Aug. 4, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • Immune system, don’t fail me now

    For whatever reason, I have a certain knack for becoming ill during trips just occasionally enough to make it unpredictable, but not unexpected.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:50 am
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