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Tips on how to get out of the house on time

October 30, 2014 Now that kids are back to school it can be quite a job to get kids fed, dressed and stay happy in the morning! I remember those days well, and unfortunately, they didn’t always end well. more »»

Hillary Clinton flunks economics

October 30, 2014 Liberals have this terrible and annoying habit of congratulating themselves for their intellectual heft merely because they hold liberal views. more »»

Taking anti-immigrant fervor too far

October 30, 2014 What’s the matter with Kansas? A decade ago, a best-selling book of that title examined how Kansas veered rightward after a long history as a left-wing hotbed. more »»

College is critical ... start planning now for next fall

October 29, 2014 One of baseball’s all-time greats, Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, was known for his ability to make a statement that was both profound and humorous at the same tim. more »»

Reagan’s campaign speech continues to reverberate 50 years later

October 29, 2014 On Oct. 27, 1964, 50 years ago Monday, a movie actor and television host delivered a 30-minute speech on primetime national television in support of the presidential candidacy of Barry Goldwater. more »»

Twerk on, sisters

October 29, 2014 The first time I saw the video of Miley Cyrus twerking with Robin Thicke... Let's start over. I can't bring myself even to go there again. more »»

Those scary public restrooms

October 28, 2014 Public restrooms can be scary places — even the clean ones. more »»

'If I were mayor ...'

October 26, 2014 We’ve all lamented that “you can’t fight City Hall” or “if I were mayor ...” Well that’s about to change ... at least, for some Marshalltown young people. more »»

Walter Blanco, we hardly knew ye

October 26, 2014 It was only a scant 13 months ago that I and many others spent our Sunday nights silently watching the great American drama that is “Breaking Bad” and loudly shushing any and all that dared to creat... more »»

Halloween recipes

October 26, 2014 Halloween is only a few days away. I know you should not make homemade treats to give to trick-or-treaters but it’s OK to hand deliver treats to your neighbors. more »»

Kelly evaluates Halloween costumes

October 26, 2014 I love Halloween. It affords me the opportunity to see a night of clever, fun costumes. Unfortunately, it also forces me to not only look at, but also give candy to, some tired, unoriginal outfits. more »»

Lower heating costs loom

October 25, 2014 Natural gas prices are nearing one-year lows as U.S. production continues at a breakneck pace, building supplies ahead of winter. Last year’s unusually cold and long winter drained U.S. more »»

Predatory journalism

October 25, 2014 The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending. more »»

Canada can be tough on immigration

October 25, 2014 Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. An American, Niehaus had applied for permanent residency in Canada. But Canada turned him dow. more »»

Be open with son about circumstances of adoption

October 23, 2014 Q: We adopted our son at birth and have raised him in a loving home. Now that he’s a teenager, he’s obsessed with the fact that he’s adopted. more »»

Paul Krugman's late Obama Valentine

October 23, 2014 Knowing the way our political press works, it's easy to predict that Barack Obama's presidency is just about over. more »»

Don’t ask the Pentagon where its money goes

October 23, 2014 President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in... more »»

Sticking Texas-sized hurdles on the path to polls

October 23, 2014 Supporters of the right to vote just suffered a huge setback. On October 9, voter ID laws that could have disenfranchised nearly a million voters in Wisconsin and Texas were ruled unconstitutional. more »»

Does the end of History result in political decay?

October 22, 2014 Francis Fukuyama picked an auspicious publication date for his latest book, "Political Order and Political Decay. more »»

Whoa to our runaway tongues

October 22, 2014 In May 1997, I was a reporter assigned to interview spiritual author Deepak Chopra, who upon meeting me asked whether I could drive him to where our interview would take place. Great, I though. more »»


Marshalltown Noon Optimists Club October 30, 2014

at the YMCA/YWCA Cultural Center (old... more »

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