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  • Me encanta el Gran Hotel

    I am a little embarrassed to admit it, but I have an addiction. I’m guilty. I go on binges. I have fallen victim to … Netflix.
    Feb. 12, 2016 - 11:21 am
  • Mock chicken legs

    I can barely remember my mother making mock chicken legs. She also called them poor man’s chicken. We loved them, and scarfed mock chicken legs down l ...
    Feb. 12, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Caucus me one more time

    Criticize the Iowa Caucus until you’re blue — or for Republicans red — in the face, but our crazy party election system is entertaining. There is noth ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Fireworks a hot topic — again

    Winter storms and the Iowa Caucuses cut last week short at the capitol. The legislature did not meet Monday so members could participate in their loca ...
    Feb. 11, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Why I don’t make a good NFL fan

    When it comes to lousy pro sports fans, I am part of the problem. I demonstrated this by taking the fun out of the game during my last visit to an NFL ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Putting an end to sanctuary jurisdictions

    Just this past summer in San Francisco, a young woman by the name of Kate Steinle was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant, Francisco Sanchez, who ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Medicaid privatization shouldn’t be rushed

    After Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid for 560,000 Iowans was delayed until March, I’ve joined my colleagues in requesting federal off ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Going out on top

    I am a lover of sports. From football and basketball to wrestling, golf and tennis I can sit and watch a game or match of just about anything.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Protecting the health care of Iowans

    This week, a bill was introduced in the Iowa Senate to stop Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 2:18 pm
  • Off to a good start

    I was asked to pen a column for this Monday’s edition of the paper. Usually I have no problem fulfilling this request, as I am just a once-in-awhile c ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • Declutter to de-stress

    Have you heard about the tiny living movement? People choosing to “simplify” their lives by downsizing? Willingly choosing to live in an area averagin ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • Planes, trains and automobiles

    There's an unconventional place in the world where a person can find a sense of unity while experiencing individuality and meditation. It's a place wi ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Confessions of a book addict

    I can’t stop reading. Printed material to me is like lifeblood. It makes no difference whether it’s a hardbound book, the Kindle, National Geographic, ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Fun in a blizzard — of Ozz

    By the time Ozzy Osbourne shouted out the first lines of “Paranoid,” we already knew we were seeing something historic.
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Human trafficking is modern day slavery

    Iowa is not immune to sex and labor human trafficking. Jasper County is at risk. It is time to work together to find solutions, enact protections and ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:29 am