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  • So you think you can dance?

    High school seems like a century ago, and I guess that’s partly true since I started in 1999. They w ...
    March 27, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Family- owned: A tale of two stores

    Shop small is a slogan and movement most Iowans understand and strive to live toward. We all find ourselves lost in the 50-aisle maze that is Walmart ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Marijuana

    Last month, I wrote an article on marijuana use. I cited information from the American Institute of Drug Abuse and a nationwide coalition of high scho ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:39 am
  • Nursing care for hard-to-place Iowans

    Iowa’s long-term care services receive high praise for quality and affordability. In fact, Iowa’s long-term care services are ranked 13th best in the ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Views of cops separate from views of policy

    When drafted military personnel returned home during the Vietnam era, protesters were waiting around with signs, some condemning them for their indent ...
    March 25, 2015 - 10:52 am
  • I love treat day

    When it comes to treat day at school for my daughter, I can go a bit overboard.I know it would be co ...
    March 24, 2015 - 11:19 am
  • House majority stalls on school funding

    This week, I’d like to discuss a variety of critical issues with you — strengthening education, protecting the second amendment while ensuring public ...
    March 24, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • Start ‘em young

    Sometimes, even though I’m remotely young, I get the “kids these days” feeling.At times it’s because ...
    March 23, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • An ode to Hy-Vee West

    Editor’s Note: This column was originally published Aug. 29, 2013.A long, long time ago, in a land f ...
    March 20, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • My love for space solidified with a chip dipped in quesso

    The first time I saw the solar system’s giant Jupiter was outside Pancheros. In Iowa City during my college years, midnight runs to get a fresh burrit ...
    March 19, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Angels in disguise

    Erin Harris, of Ottumwa, thought the male jogger didn’t look too well, as she drove along busy North Court St. in Ottumwa, on Friday afternoon, Jan. 2 ...
    March 19, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Plenty of open meetings seats still available

    OK, folks — here’s the deal. Your future is being planned without you.This has probably been happeni ...
    March 18, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • Fight, fight, fight for Iowa!

    I am an Iowa Hawkeye fan. I bleed black and gold. I spent four years at the University of Iowa getting my degree in journalism and visit several Satur ...
    March 17, 2015 - 10:24 am
  • Warm weather = happy people

    As I type, the current temperature is 70 degrees. My motivation for being inside, writing a column is well below zero.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:20 am
  • Bipartisan senate supports access to mental health services

    The state of Iowa needs to do more — not less — to ensure that all Iowans have access to mental health services.
    March 16, 2015 - 11:19 am
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