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Making changes

January 26, 2015 Dear Dave, My mom and dad always told me to live below my means, but they never showed me how to make it happen. I’ve gotten out of debt and fallen back in several times. more »»

The last word

January 25, 2015 What defines a community? Is it the downtown? Its schools? What about its amenities — parks, trail system, aquatic center and other attractions? What about quality of life issues? Shopping and dinin... more »»

One of the publisher’s favorite recipes

January 25, 2015 Times-Republican Publisher Michael Schlesinger gave me his wife’s recipe for chicken and wild rice soup. Michael claims it is also good if made with turkey instead of chicken. more »»

A 'conversation' with Senator Joni Ernst

January 25, 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; polish off the last loaf of pumpernickel, strap on your new “bread bag” shoes and hustle down the mud road to meet Iowa’s latest ambassador to the rest of the... more »»

For sale: The toaster house

January 25, 2015 Trying to sell your house is a delightful weight-loss diet. more »»

Everything’s cheaper!

January 24, 2015 Falling commodities prices, foreign currency values, and interest rates combined to make life less expensive for Americans this week. more »»

Early presidential prospects

January 24, 2015 With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. more »»

Google Glass joins the failure hall of fame

January 24, 2015 Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. more »»

The joys of being a grandparent

January 22, 2015 Over the years, I always felt quite fortunate; while I was at work my parents would watch my kids 2-3 days a week; something I probably took for granted but very much appreciated! It saved me a lot... more »»

The Golden Globes of propaganda

January 22, 2015 When the Golden Globe awards telecast was over, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation proclaimed, “It was a great night for LGBT-inclusive television. more »»

The next big progressive battle

January 22, 2015 On New Year’s Day, 20 states raised their minimum wages. That leaves a lot of states that aren’t increasing the minimum wage — along with the federal government. more »»

McTV – your local Marshalltown TV channel

January 21, 2015 For the past 30 years the city of Marshalltown and the Iowa Valley Community College District has been offering citizens in Marshalltown a local educational/governmental cable television station. more »»

Government created the housing bubble, financial crisis

January 21, 2015 What caused the financial crisis? How can we prevent another one from happening again? The answers you most often hear to those questions are (1) greed and deregulation and (2) the Dodd-Frank law. more »»

Rioters by any other name

January 21, 2015 Various members of my family have roots at Ohio State University, from college degrees to employment, so my husband and I were plenty happy to watch the Buckeyes defeat the Oregon Ducks for the... more »»

It’s getting chilly in here

January 20, 2015 What if I told you there are some really sneaky ways you can cut the cost to heat your home that won’t require you to wear a down-filled, hooded parka 24 hours a day? Would I have your attention?... more »»

Je suis Charlie!

January 18, 2015 With every word written in a reporter’s notebook or with every keystroke at the computer, most journalists understand that not everyone will be pleased with their efforts. more »»

The release of the golden drapes

January 18, 2015 I love advertising. Most ads are fairly clear in the product they’re looking to sell you. more »»

Umbrella policy?

January 18, 2015 Dear Dave, I follow you on Twitter, and I was wondering if you recommend buying an umbrella policy. more »»

McSkynet, with a side of fries and a Coke

January 18, 2015 Anybody else tear up a little bit when they saw that new McDonald’s commercial? No, of course you didn’t. No one did. more »»

Swiss Bank on the Franc

January 17, 2015 Early Thursday morning, the Swiss National Bank shocked currency traders by letting the Swiss franc move on its own, which allowed the largest one-day move in the currency’s modern history, rising... more »»

 
 
 

 

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