Some good news from the Middle East
February 26, 2015 There’s not much good news coming out of the Middle East these days. But one reason to take heart is the progress of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West. more »»
Hit the road, Hillary
February 25, 2015 In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas. more »»
February 25, 2015 Week six was marked by another tradition in the legislature — the taking of the panoramic photo of the entire chamber. more »»
A failure to confront evil
February 24, 2015 The Western World and its elite have repeatedly tried to placate evil and not make eye contact with it. Neville Chamberlain sought peace in our time. Jimmy Carter sought detente with the Soviet Union. more »»
‘Jon Stewart is why I’m not crazy’
February 24, 2015 I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. more »»
Will the GOP capitulate again?
February 23, 2015 “Free trade results in giving our money, our manufactures, and our markets to other nations,” warned the Republican Senator from Ohio and future President William McKinley in 1892. more »»
From Iowa to Havana
February 22, 2015 State Sen. Steve Sodders of State Center recently filed a resolution in the state legislature supporting an enhanced trade relationship between Cuba and Iow. more »»
Two versions of a BLT and blueberry pie!
February 22, 2015 My Grandma Kodet made the best everything, including blueberry pie. This is not her pie recipe because I don’t think she had recipes. I do know she cooked a lot with lard that she rendered herself. more »»
It shouldn’t take a year
February 22, 2015 Dear Dave, I’m 30 and debt-free. Do you think I should stop making contributions to my 401(k) account for a year in order to save up an emergency fund? — Beth Dear Beth, Yes, I do. more »»
Who stole my trash can?
February 20, 2015 Dear Heloise: My city provides each house with a container for trash collection and one for recycling. Our trash can recently went MISSING. I looked around but can’t find it. more »»
Is Israel the problem, or are Jews the problem?
February 20, 2015 In the aftermath of the killing of a man at a Copenhagen synagogue by a member of the Religion of Peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This wave of attacks is expected to continu. more »»