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Iowans speak out on need for mental health institutes

April 27, 2015 The Senate’s Government Oversight Committee heard testimony this week from a patient and employees of the state-run Mental Health Institutes (MHIs) that have been targeted for closure by Gov. more »»

Action vs. reaction: Let’s move forward on project

April 26, 2015 For more than 30 years, we’ve sat and watched as the Marshalltown Police Department building crumble. more »»

Speak softly and forget the big stick

April 26, 2015 I admit it: I don’t understand the fascination with the selfies, which, for my parents, is a photo taken of oneself usually from a camera phone and then uploaded to a social media site. more »»

Crock pot recipes good anytime of the year

April 26, 2015 Instead of crock pot recipes I should be dusting off the grill but… I use my crock pot year round and following are some recipes that I think are good any day of the year. more »»

Times Ago

April 26, 2015 April 26 • 10 years ago in 2005 The Bobcat girls golf squad battled the weather conditions and five other teams to take the Southeast Polk Invitational at Toad Valley Golf Course with Whitney... more »»

Is the new police station like a red convertible?

April 26, 2015 It was almost 20 years ago, but it seems like it was yesterday. It was 1996 and my daughter was soon to be 16. I’m pretty sure she was just a baby the day before. more »»

I’m on my way, I’m making it. Big time.

April 26, 2015 How do you know when you’ve “made it big?” Big. Really big. Bigger than “bought a new car” or “paid off my loans” or “took a vacation to India” bi. more »»

Bird flu spreads its wings

April 25, 2015 Numerous new cases of avian influenza were discovered this week, including Iowa’s largest egg producing facility with 3.8 million hens. more »»

Chaos in the primaries

April 25, 2015 Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy. more »»

More happenings from Des Moines

April 25, 2015 This past week was marked by another tradition, the induction of new members to the Pioneer Lawmakers. more »»

Traveling with a pet

April 24, 2015 Dear Readers: If you will be TRAVELING WITH YOUR PET (OR PETS), here are a few hints for you and your furry friends. more »»

When bootleggers and Baptists converge

April 24, 2015 WASHINGTON -- Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is "loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs." Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestow. more »»

Count on GOP candidates to gang up on Hillary

April 24, 2015 WASHINGTON -- For one reason or another, some Democratic friends and foes alike of Hillary Clinton contend that she needs a serious challenger for their party's 2016 presidential nominatio. more »»

Some tips on appropriate video games for your kids

April 23, 2015 Q: Should I permit my child to play video games? If so, which games should I allow and how can I maintain control? Jim: Only you can decide if you want to allow your kids to participate in gaming. more »»

Hillary's wacky poorhouse claims

April 23, 2015 While Hillary Clinton hates doing Sunday shows -- as we remember from the weekend after Benghazi -- she did allow her close friend Gov. Terry McAuliffe to appear on "Meet the Press" on April 1. more »»

Loaded language

April 23, 2015 I couldn’t find a hotel room in Nashville when I visited for my brother’s wedding. Maybe that was for the best. more »»

The benefits of small-sided games in P.E.

April 22, 2015 Looking back on my rookie years as a physical education teacher, I would take 25-30 students down to the field for our softball unit and try to go through warm-ups and then drills for skill... more »»

Was 2007 a flexion point?

April 22, 2015 “I would bet on globalization slowly being in abeyance,” tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel said in a video interview with George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen. more »»

Michelle Knight — Call her Lily, please

April 22, 2015 Her name is Lily now, named for her favorite flower. more »»

When frugality is not fun

April 21, 2015 I was not born frugal. Everything in me cries out to spend, acquire, spend, achieve, amass! I am drawn to the extraordinary, the luxurious and the unique. I live with visions of grandeur and opulence. more »»



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