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Another day, another massacre

October 15, 2015 Yes, it’s happened again. A man with a legally acquired arsenal walked onto a college campus. Moments later, 10 people were dead, and nearly as many wounded. Sick to your stomach? Of course you are. more »»

Are both parties incapable of governing?

October 14, 2015 Important parts of our two great political parties seem bent on demonstrating that their parties are incapable of governing coherently. more »»

In the twilight of Obama’s presidency, hope remains

October 14, 2015 Seven years ago, months before he won the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama delivered a speech about race. more »»

MHS art classes explore careers and schools

October 14, 2015 The Marshalltown High School Art Department started out the 2015-16 school year by inviting representatives from two art and design colleges to speak with students in MHS art classes. On Sept. more »»

Pressure cookers are back, and safer than ever

October 13, 2015 Pressure cookers, those big monster pots we recall from childhood, are making a big comeback, and bringing good news with them: They are not the spitting, noisy steam generators they once were. more »»

‘This is what erasure looks like’

October 13, 2015 “This,” says Roni Dean-Burren, “is what erasure looks like.” She’s talking about something you might otherwise have thought innocuous: a page from World Geography, a high school textbook. more »»

What common-sense gun control looks like

October 13, 2015 Last Thursday, as Americans were still coming to grips with the tragic rampage in Oregon, President Obama addressed the American people. more »»

Forcing little brother to grow up

October 12, 2015 Dear Dave, I’m having issues with my youngest brother, and I need some advice. He’s 25, divorced and has two kids. more »»

A crying shame

October 12, 2015 With no prompting, the stranger standing next to you in line will volunteer, after checking his pedometer, how many steps he has already taken today, as well as how many miles per gallon his hybrid... more »»

The allure of mass murder

October 12, 2015 “Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight. more »»

Me and Richard Pryor, saving California

October 11, 2015 Editor’s note: This column from the “Best of Burns” collection originally ran March 22. In the long, long ago I lived in California; right around Silicon Valley to be exact. more »»

Beer of all sorts

October 11, 2015 It’s October and I think this month calls for some recipes using beer — either the alcoholic kind or the non-alcoholic type (root beer). So, get out your slow cooker and enjoy. more »»

New activewear provides shocking results

October 11, 2015 Like most guys, I love gizmos. And do-dads. And thingamabobs. While some women enjoy small porcelain figurines of children in snowsuits pushing wheelbarrows full of stars, I like things that “do. more »»

Trade deal could boost exports

October 10, 2015 On Monday, leaders of 12 countries announced that they had reached a monumental trade agreement after nearly five years of negotiations. more »»

Charlatans and sheep: Part III

October 10, 2015 The prevailing social dogma of our time — that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister — has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and... more »»

Political war all the time

October 10, 2015 There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. more »»

A lack of feedback?

October 9, 2015 Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about customer service: “I have wondered why it is so difficult to engage American companies in a two-way conversation. more »»

Impeach the IRS director

October 9, 2015 WASHINGTON — “Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should [have] let the [S]outh g. more »»

Should Joe Biden run?

October 9, 2015 WASHINGTON — When presidential nominees are asked about selecting a running mate, the answer almost always is: The choice should be the person most qualified to become president if fate or... more »»

Couple’s unhealthy lifestyle endangering life of infant

October 8, 2015 Q: I love my son and daughter-in-law, but I'm worried about their 10-month-old daughter's health. more »»



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