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In childhood, risk is inherent

May 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. more »»

Hillary: Hiding in plain sight

May 15, 2015 WASHINGTON — In President Obama’s struggle with Congress to win fast-track authority on trade with 12 Pacific nations, a conspicuously missing voice has been that of his former secretary of state,... more »»

Deserving of an honor

May 15, 2015 Finally word has come that our World War II veterans will be honored with their own monument at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. I think it is wonderful that someone has a fund started for i. more »»

Keeping children safe in the summer

May 14, 2015 For many of you, summer is a time for your kids to run and play and enjoy outside activities. And children absolutely need this time outdoors for healthy, fun exercise. more »»

Eating crow after the British elections

May 14, 2015 The media elite have a preeminent place in our politics, allegedly with the knowledge to declare what is politically feasible and what is not, including which candidates have a chance at winning and... more »»

Subsidizing the idle rich while poor kids go hungry

May 14, 2015 To hear some politicians tell it, America’s welfare system is facing a grave crisis: Millions of poor people, they say, are idling away their time eating lobster and relaxing on cruises. more »»

Earth-minded students in Marshalltown schools

May 13, 2015 As the area greens back up with spring, Marshalltown Community School District students have been busy recently taking advantage of the weather to learn more about the land. more »»

Big surprise in Britain

May 13, 2015 Big surprises in Thursday's British election. more »»

Waiting in Cleveland

May 13, 2015 For those who love Cleveland -- and there are so many of us who do -- the rampant speculation of what comes next is beginning to take its toll. more »»

Think cost per serving, not price per pound

May 12, 2015 Pop quiz: Which is the better buy — pork sirloin roast for $2.89 per pound or boneless pork chops at $3. more »»

Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP

May 12, 2015 Some folks thought it was “inflammatory.” Some said it was “irresponsible,” others, “absurd,” still others, “disappointing. more »»

Yes, but in the wrong direction

May 12, 2015 Last week in Garland, Texas, a lady named Pamela Geller sponsored an event about Islam, a component of which included drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. more »»

Church pushback

May 11, 2015 Dear Dave, My wife and I go to a small church where we tithe. more »»

On a fast track to national ruin

May 11, 2015 In the first quarter of 2015, in the sixth year of the historic Obama recovery, the U.S. economy grew by two-tenths of 1 percent. And that probably sugarcoats it. more »»

Answer to one question unnerves democrats

May 11, 2015 Hillary Clinton, according to the reliable Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released earlier this month, defines the 2016 presidential race. more »»

Happy Mother's Day

May 10, 2015 Over the years, I’ve struggled to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. more »»

Happy Mother's Day: You're Welcome

May 10, 2015 I called my mother today to wish her a happy Mother’s Day like I do every time I notice the calendar displaying that reminder, which seems to be nearly every year. She didn’t pick up. more »»

Delicious breakfast treats

May 10, 2015 Happy Mother’s Day! If you got the Sunday Times-Republican early this morning you might just have time to make one of the following treats for your mother for brunch. more »»

Cataloging the pursuits of direct mail

May 10, 2015 Last year I ordered a shirt from a TV commercial, and I’ve been paying for it ever since. Now, I’m the kind of person that gets uncomfortably warm as soon as the mercury climbs above 70 degrees. more »»

Corn prices in the dirt

May 9, 2015 U.S. farmers are planting corn at a breakneck pace, but as they get seed into the ground, prices are diving into the dirt as well. During the previous week, U.. more »»



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