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Holidays and family

December 28, 2015 Dear Dave, I haven’t spoken to my mom and sister in more than six months. Over time, I realized we have a real clash of moral values that has led to arguments and hard feeling. more »»

Clearing the desk

December 28, 2015 Here are a few admittedly random opinions and thoughts, more or less collected from my bedside table and pants pockets. more »»

Islam and the West: an irreconcilable conflict?

December 28, 2015 “I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here ... and ... around the world, that there is a ‘clash of civilizations. more »»

The year 2015, in 1,176 words or less

December 27, 2015 Gather the family, lock the doors and shut off your phone, because it is time once again for the Old Cold/New Hotness list of 2015, y’all! Resurrected film franchise 2015: “Star Wars” Was there... more »»

Celebrate the new year with these recipes

December 27, 2015 Hard to believe 2015 is almost over. Here are some recipes to ring in 2016. Simple Sauerkraut Balls 1 medium onion 1/4 c. margarine 1/2 c. water 1/4 c. flour 1 lb. sauerkraut, drained 1/4 c. more »»

Pssst ... it’s me, your decorations

December 27, 2015 A Dec. 27 message from your Christmas decorations…Sooo ... this is awkward. It’s Dec. 27 and I know what you’re thinking: you need to take us down. But just a second; hear us out. more »»

The busybody Left

December 26, 2015 The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries. more »»

What half-in, half-out relationships may do to health

December 26, 2015 High on most checklists for ensuring a long and healthy life is being married. Marriage is said to bestow protective health benefits, such as low blood pressure and better cholesterol numbers. more »»

In need of some ‘inversion’ financial therapy

December 26, 2015 Hey! I want one of these deals. It is called in “Inversion,” wherein a U.. more »»

Holidays aren’t festive for some

December 25, 2015 Dear Heloise: Each holiday season, there are more LONELY PEOPLE. For them, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just regular days, but even lonelier. It’s awful. This could be your neighbor. more »»

New Year’s resolutions for parents

December 24, 2015 As parents, I think we try every year to come up with resolutions that will make us that “better” parent; or make us feel less guilty about the amount of time we spend with our children. more »»

Seeking blessings for 2015

December 24, 2015 It is good saying good-bye to the past year of 2015. Too many changed laws have removed blessings from the United States. more »»

CNN sashays with Satanists

December 24, 2015 When Ted Turner was running CNN back in 1991, he banned the use of the word “foreign” on air. In a memo to employees, he made a threat to fine employees with a forced donation to UNICEF. more »»

Thank a cop this holiday season

December 24, 2015 Our police department works very hard to keep us safe. These fine officers do a largely thankless task, risking their lives daily for far less pay than they should receive. more »»

Millennials better start thinking about retirement

December 24, 2015 I’m only 24, but I signed up for the 401(k) plan at work as soon as I qualifie. more »»

There’s an app for that!

December 23, 2015 You have most likely heard that phrase on many occasions. more »»

The known — and unknown — unknowns in the Republican race ahead

December 23, 2015 Some observations on the 2016 presidential race as we head into the dark period, i.e. more »»

Editor is fired, but not silenced, over the NRA

December 23, 2015 Five days after the shootings in San Bernardino, California, Jan Larson McLaughlin sat down in her home office on her day off and wrote her weekly editorial for the Sentinel-Tribune, circulation... more »»

Better training and education will expand Iowa’s middle class

December 23, 2015 We should do all that we can to help more workers and their families join Iowa’s middle class. As 2015 comes to an end, Iowa continues its recovery from the national economic recession. more »»

How to cut the cost of owning a pet

December 22, 2015 No one was more surprised than I when my first granddog, Sir Boddington, nuzzled a place in my heart. I knew I was smitten the day I loaded up on toys, milk bones and other doggie delights. more »»



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