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Trade deal could boost exports

October 10, 2015 On Monday, leaders of 12 countries announced that they had reached a monumental trade agreement after nearly five years of negotiations. more »»

Charlatans and sheep: Part III

October 10, 2015 The prevailing social dogma of our time — that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister — has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and... more »»

Political war all the time

October 10, 2015 There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. more »»

A lack of feedback?

October 9, 2015 Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about customer service: “I have wondered why it is so difficult to engage American companies in a two-way conversation. more »»

Impeach the IRS director

October 9, 2015 WASHINGTON — “Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should [have] let the [S]outh g. more »»

Should Joe Biden run?

October 9, 2015 WASHINGTON — When presidential nominees are asked about selecting a running mate, the answer almost always is: The choice should be the person most qualified to become president if fate or... more »»

Couple’s unhealthy lifestyle endangering life of infant

October 8, 2015 Q: I love my son and daughter-in-law, but I'm worried about their 10-month-old daughter's health. more »»

Pelosi vs. pro-life press

October 8, 2015 In January, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked by a reporter if an unborn baby at 20 weeks is a human being. more »»

Obama's Syria debacle

October 8, 2015 WASHINGTON -- If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin. more »»

Our wonderful autumn traditions of harvest and fellowship

October 8, 2015 The first weekend of October was a weekend of travel through rural Iowa. more »»

The Orpheum this Fall: Learn and enjoy!

October 7, 2015 Many of you know about the wide variety of learning opportunities available through Iowa Valley Continuing Education (IVCE). more »»

Policy reform that comes from outside (and in spite of) Washington

October 7, 2015 Not all important public policy reforms come from Washington. Really lasting reforms can percolate from the bottom up, brewed by citizens with a grievance pushing state and local governments to act. more »»

Standing tall for Planned Parenthood

October 7, 2015 Seeing as it’s still all too common to depict a determined woman as an angry one, let’s be clear on who did and did not yell at the congressional hearing Tuesday. more »»

We need cops with people skills

October 6, 2015 What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me and I, in turn, posed it to you. more »»

Pope Francis and the pain of prisoners

October 6, 2015 The pontiff had compassionate words for the incarcerated, but I wish he’d said something to their guards, too. During his historic U.S. more »»

Our shameful foreign policy

October 6, 2015 Barack Obama has made the American political left comfortable with human rights abuses. See a despot engaged in genocide in Obama’s America, blame George W. Bush and move o. more »»

Join a CSA for your health and wealth

October 6, 2015 Being a savvy consumer can mean a lot of things. It can refer to a person who knows how to get the lowest price on whatever he or she is buying. more »»

The mind of Mr. Putin

October 5, 2015 “Do you realize now what you have done?” So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. more »»

Spreading the ugly truth

October 5, 2015 Political Washington just got a welcome dose of refreshing candor. more »»

Does the right to collect still exist?

October 5, 2015 Dear Dave, If a credit card company has charged off a debt, can they still sell that debt to someone else who can come after it? I’m currently receiving calls about a debt that’s more than 20 years... more »»


Farmers Market-Cartwright Pavilion October 10, 2015

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