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Boost business by raising minimum wage

December 31, 2014 As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. more »»

Stop drying your clothes to death

December 30, 2014 You should see the big wad of lint I just plucked from the trap of my clothes dryer. more »»

Trying to help a friend

December 29, 2014 Dear Dave, I have a friend who is experiencing financial problems. She is between real jobs at the moment and only bringing in about $600 a month. more »»

Finding peace and comfort

December 28, 2014 I’ve been thinking a lot about this month’s shooting incident involving two Marshalltown police officers and the young man whose life ended so suddenly. more »»

I hate that Toaster Strudel kid

December 28, 2014 This classic column, originally published Sept. 21, 2014, appears courtesy of the ‘Best of Burns’ compendium. You heard me, I hate him. more »»

Interview with a holiday helper

December 28, 2014 Every Christmas I’m permitted to spend a few dollars of the newspaper’s nearly inexhaustible budget to fly around the world to interview some of the holiday’s most recognizable figures. more »»

New Year’s resolutions for families

December 26, 2014 This is a time of year when many of us make those New Year’s resolutions — that we seldom seem to keep. more »»

Cuba Derangement Syndrome

December 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — Barack Obama has made a geopolitical irrelevancy suddenly relevant to American presidential politics. more »»

New U.S.-Cuba era

December 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s surprise Christmas present to Cuba — restoration of American diplomatic ties with the communist-run regime created by Fidel Castro and now run by his brother Raul —... more »»

Jeb Bush Vs. Ted Cruz

December 26, 2014 Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his intention to “actively explore” a run for president. more »»

New standards, new ways of supporting student achievement in math

December 24, 2014 What’s wrong with students in school these days? They give up when things get difficult. They quit when they come across obstacles or when they start to get discouraged. more »»

The rape on campus epidemic

December 24, 2014 The total discrediting of Rolling Stone's story on rape at the University of Virginia has shined a light on one of the least palatable features of American life: the so-called epidemic of rape on... more »»

Keep talking, Andrew Hawkins

December 24, 2014 Last Sunday, before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins walked out on the pregame field wearing a T-shirt to challenge our... more »»

No more tax break Christmas trees

December 24, 2014 Christmas came early this year to some of Washington’s biggest special-interest groups when Congress passed legislation that was laden like a decorated Christmas tree with some of the finest-looking... more »»

Online shopping safety tips

December 23, 2014 As convenient as Internet shopping can be (stores never close, no parking problems, no cranky salespeople), there are as many hazards. more »»

An unlikely thief

December 22, 2014 Dear Dave, I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Walmart. While she was there with our six-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money. more »»

Cars and Cigars: The case for Cuba Libre

December 21, 2014 Somewhere over the skies of Cuba is Jerry Seinfeld’s private plane, set on a direct course to José Martí International Airport, the main airport of Havana. more »»

Easy last-minute holiday treats

December 21, 2014 Today I have some last minute holiday treats — easy to make but tasty. After you make these you can put your feet up and have thoughts of sugar plums dancing through your head. more »»

Overcooking the steak and eggs

December 21, 2014 Tanning is the process of turning healthy skin into a dark, withered husk. It’s unhealthy, unsmart and, of course, something I’ve done. In college I tanned before a spring break trip to Cancun. more »»

Ruble turns to rubble

December 20, 2014 Russia’s currency, the ruble, collapsed in value this week, falling to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar. more »»

 
 
 

 

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