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The Pope’s beauty and incoherence

June 25, 2015 There is a healthy discussion now underway within Catholic circles asking the improbable question: What is the message of Laudato Si, the pope’s new encyclical on the environment? The political left... more »»

Francis vs. Washington

June 25, 2015 Pope Francis, the humble yet bold leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has offered an inspiring 21st century vision to all people. more »»

The best place in town

June 25, 2015 The first book I ever checked out of a library was, I think, “Yousoff the Ostrich” from the Eldora library when I was in the first grad. more »»

Fad diets

June 24, 2015 What is a fad diet? Fad diets are short-term diets that promise a “quick fix” with dramatic weight loss results. more »»

Clinton’s weakness in important states

June 24, 2015 Hillary Clinton has relaunched her campaign on Roosevelt Island with a 4,687-word speec. more »»

Cleveland will champion our Cavaliers

June 24, 2015 For most of my life, I could not understand why anyone would hitch his or her identity to the win-loss record of a professional sports team. Sports fans, you’d call them. Fanatics, I’d sa. more »»

From chuck roast to “prime rib” in three hours flat

June 23, 2015 Shortly after the column posted on the specific steps to roast a cheap cut of beef so that it turns out like prime rib, I got an email from faithful reader, Mary B. more »»

Give officers the credit they deserve

June 23, 2015 Not every law enforcement story ends in tragedy or controversy. And not every law enforcement story receives the kind of attention it deserves. more »»

Rachel Dolezal proves race not a fixed or objective fact

June 23, 2015 Of the 60 people who co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909, only seven were, in fact, “colored. more »»

A lack of trust

June 23, 2015 Neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson will be president of the United States. more »»

You need something that matters

June 22, 2015 Dear Dave, My wife and I are in our 20s. We have no debt and $50,000 in the bank. Our income is $90,000 a year, and we’re cautious to live on less than we make. more »»

The anti-politician

June 22, 2015 At the declaration by Donald Trump that he is a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, media elites of left and right reacted with amusement, anger and disgust. more »»

Marco Rubio vs. The New York Times

June 22, 2015 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. more »»

Snapshots of community spirit

June 21, 2015 If you drive along Main Street in downtown Marshalltown, or better yet walk along on either side of Main Street, you can’t help but notice the hanging flower baskets and carefully crafted plants... more »»

Trump. Trump! TRUMP!!!

June 21, 2015 Donald "The Hair" Trump has thrown his toupee into the presidential rac. more »»

It's a feeding frenzy!

June 21, 2015 So, first time father, it’s time to feed your baby for the very first time. You have realized that just because your nipples are about as useful as a football bat doesn’t mean that you have to be. more »»

Soybeans storm higher

June 20, 2015 Tropical Storm Bill, after making landfall in Texas, has continued north, dumping rain on farmers who were already concerned about wet conditions. more »»

Why we still need public libraries

June 20, 2015 Younger Americans can hardly imagine a time when you had to visit a library to research the population of Phoenix in 1980. Google now does that in seconds. more »»


June 20, 2015 The political left has come up with a new buzzword: “micro-aggression. more »»

Travel stop can save a lot

June 19, 2015 Dear Heloise: We do a lot of traveling between southern Texas and Ohio. We always check the coupon books at the REST AREAS, as they have some great money-savers on all types of motel. more »»



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