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Pay for grades?

March 30, 2015 Dear Dave, What’s your opinion on rewarding kids with money for getting good grades in school? — Joe Dear Joe, Honestly, I don’t have a strong opinion about it one way or the other. more »»

Drop-Out from the electoral college

March 30, 2015 In the cliffhanger presidential election of 1976, when Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford, the Republican president, the margin of victory in 20 states (totaling 299 electoral votes) —... more »»

The enemy of my enemy

March 30, 2015 The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. more »»

Do the right thing

March 29, 2015 Who should pay for the damage done to Ron Iole’s property? It’s a simple question but finding a solution has been anything but simple. more »»

Easter dinner ideas

March 29, 2015 Hard to believe that next week is Easter Sunday. Following are some recipes you might like to include in your menu. Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon 4 slices thick-sliced bacon 2 Tbls. more »»

Won't some PLEASE think of the children?

March 29, 2015 Get ready for your family and friend’s Facebook pages to get real weird, real fast, because presidential election season is upon us! And here you thought this quadrennial challenge to our sense of... more »»

Litterbug? More like litter butterfly

March 29, 2015 From time to time this column is passed along and penned by an individual with whom we are all-too-familiar. This week, our guest columnist is That Guy That Throws Stuff Out His Car Window. Enjoy. more »»

Saudis strike, crude spikes

March 28, 2015 Crude oil prices spurted higher on Wednesday night after Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes against rebel forces in neighboring Yemen. more »»

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

March 28, 2015 It is not often that the leader of a small city-state — in this case, Singapore — gets an international reputation. more »»

Obamacare should be less complex

March 28, 2015 Let’s start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. more »»

Where does the school zone end?

March 27, 2015 Dear Heloise: Everyone has to drive through a SCHOOL ZONE at some point or another, and I drive through several on my daily commute. Most have signs that designate where school zones start and stop. more »»

Remembrance of Clintons past

March 27, 2015 WASHINGTON -- An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. more »»

Bibi’s bait-and-switch on Palestine

March 27, 2015 WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory — won on the strength of his temporary promise never to approve a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel — was akin to pulling ... more »»

Another week in Des Moines

March 27, 2015 This week was marked by more debate. Of particular note was HF 549, a bill to revise the arbitration process for school district employees. We debated this bill from roughly 4:30 p.. more »»

Social media starting to take over couple’s time together

March 26, 2015 Q: How can I guard against the danger of online social networking taking up too much of my time and negatively impacting my marriage? When my wife and I first started using sites like Facebook, we... more »»

The Washington Post's Obama deniers

March 26, 2015 It's as if they were waiting, breathlessly. The moment Ted Cruz announced his presidential campaign, the national media proclaimed their horror. more »»

Household debt is a national crisis

March 26, 2015 Years after Toni Potter’s husband passed away from pancreatic cancer, debt collectors in her state of Washington were still relentlessly hounding her about his hospital bills. more »»

What’s the deal with SCRUM?

March 25, 2015 Iowa Valley Continuing Education coordinators and staff have already been very busy strategizing about how we can provide improved customer service and offerings in the 2015-16 year. more »»

Gentry liberals have increasing clout in Chicago’s shrinking electorate

March 25, 2015 Rahm Emanuel heads into a runoff April 7 in his bid for a second term as mayor of Chicago. He’s the favorite going in, having won 46 percent in the Feb. more »»

Tackling tip theft

March 25, 2015 Whenever young journalists ask how to write stories that can change lives, I suggest they start asking about tipping policies whenever they see a tip jar or valet, or visit a restaurant. more »»


Health Forum Series March 30, 2015

will present a program on "Pain Management" with Jon Duke, physical therapist at Central Iowa Health Care. more »

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