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A prophet’s hometown

March 24, 2015 My hometown of Jackson, Louisiana, is in an unfortunate location. Just on the other side of Thompson’s Creek is West Feliciana Parish. West Feliciana Parish is a prosperous suburb of Baton Rouge. more »»

Help? Not yet

March 23, 2015 Dear Dave, My daughter is in her late 20s, and she has a good job making $50,000 a year. more »»

What would Ike do?

March 23, 2015 In November 1956, President Eisenhower, enraged he had not been forewarned of their invasion of Egypt, ordered the British, French and Israelis to get out of Suez and Sinai. They did as tol. more »»

Laughter, still pretty good medicine

March 23, 2015 “There are three things which are real,” said John F. Kennedy, “God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third. more »»

Creating a better Marshalltown

March 22, 2015 I was fortunate this week to participate as a presenter during Miller Middle School’s Career Fair activities. more »»

Crockpot recipes for everyone

March 22, 2015 Get out those crockpots for todays recipes. Crock Pot Orange Chicken 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks 1/3 c. flour olive oil 1/2 Tbls. salt 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar 3 Tbls. more »»

Me and Richard Pryor, saving California

March 22, 2015 In the long, long ago I lived in California; right around Silicon Valley to be exact. more »»

'Mr. Fix It lends/sacrifices a hand

March 22, 2015 Whenever I am faced with a home-repair project, I like to prepare for it the same way many guys do: I fall asleep on the couch and hope whatever it is goes awa. more »»

Beef market sizzling

March 21, 2015 Cattle prices charged to a two-month high this week, nearly reaching $1.59 per pound on Thursday. Prices are climbing as demand from meatpackers picks up going into the summer grilling season. The U. more »»

Ruinous ‘compassion’

March 21, 2015 It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious — and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obviou. more »»

Half a heart on marijuana better than no heart at all

March 21, 2015 Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thank. more »»

A sound solution

March 20, 2015 Dear Heloise: Thanks for the column about coping with a pet’s blindness. DOGS are so adaptable! Our miniature dachshund was in her teens when she lost her hearin. more »»

Kasich waits in the wings

March 20, 2015 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. more »»

Curtis Gans, a man who changed the course of history

March 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — In high-stakes politics, sometimes the action of a little-known player drastically alters the chessboard with significant results. more »»

The strong emotions of little ones

March 19, 2015 In my position, I visit preschools and child care centers in hopes of helping children learn to deal with difficult social situations and their emotions. more »»

Are networks going to bury emailgate?

March 19, 2015 On March 10, eight days after The New York Times began the scandal over her private email server, Hillary Clinton assembled the press at the United Nations in New York to offer a typically legalisti... more »»

Fair trade is a racial justice issue

March 19, 2015 The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. more »»

Moving along in the Legislature

March 19, 2015 This week we began debating bills on the House Floor in earnest. On Tuesday we debated and passed over 20 bills. more »»

Marshalltown schools — A leader in competency-based education

March 18, 2015 How do many of us remember school? We remember being in classrooms, sitting in rows and progressing from one grade level to the next or one course to the next based on our age and how many courses w... more »»

Obama-Iran deal may not last

March 18, 2015 In her brief press conference at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton led off with a denunciation of the letter to Iranian leaders signed by 47 of the 54 Republican senators. more »»



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