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Be cautious about revealing too much of your youth to kids

November 20, 2014 Q: How much do my children need to know about my past? Is there any reason to be completely open with them about the moral failings of my youth? Jim: This is a common, but important, question. more »»

Enabling the delusional Dems

November 20, 2014 After the 2012 campaign, liberal journalists swarmed around Republican Party chair Reince Priebus offering what was called an "autopsy" on every way Republicans failed, with a special emphasis on... more »»

The Pentagon’s fiscal forecast: Slushy

November 20, 2014 The Department of Defense is requesting a base budget of nearly half a trillion dollars for the coming year. That may sound like a lot of money. more »»

Public notices important for an open, transparent government

November 20, 2014 The Fourth Estate is the name most commonly associated with the press and newspapers specifically. more »»

Jean Seberg: Marshalltown’s movie star

November 19, 2014 The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is offering an opportunity to learn more about one of Marshalltown’s best-known natives! Born in 1938, Jean Seberg was the daughter of Dorothy and Edward Seberg, and... more »»

Where the polls were wrong

November 19, 2014 Were the polls wrong? It’s a question asked after every election. more »»

Trolling for hollers

November 19, 2014 For last week’s postelection column, I described a piece of artwork that hangs in my home. more »»

My time in the DMV

November 18, 2014 Spending time at the Department of Motor Vehicles is akin to most people as getting some dental work done — it’s just something you’ve got to d. more »»

Not so fast!

November 17, 2014 Dear Dave, We’ve got our starter emergency fund in place, and we’ve paid off the last of our debt. Currently, we rent an apartment but my wife really wants us to buy a house now. more »»

Giving thanks

November 16, 2014 I know it’s slightly early, but I wanted to offer these thoughts as we near the Thanksgiving holiday. For all the blessings that we have, Thanksgiving should serve as a day of thanks and praise. more »»

Try these Turkey Day recipes

November 16, 2014 If you haven’t planned your Thanksgiving menu, you might want to try one of the following recipes. Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing 1 l. more »»

Too many cooks for Nish Detwork

November 16, 2014 I never thought I would say this, but I really miss Ted Turner right about now. Ok, maybe not Turner himself, but his networks. more »»

It's time for the new baby's annual review

November 16, 2014 Dear Tiny Mr. Van De Walle, You’ve now been with this company — I suppose you could call us a “family” — for 14 months, which gives us a healthy sample size to judge your performance. more »»

Cold snap causes flurry in commodities

November 15, 2014 As many Americans are bunkering down while temperatures drop, commodities traders are watching markets heat u. more »»

What happened?

November 15, 2014 Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. more »»

There's something about paper

November 15, 2014 Interesting that the tech website CNET has started publishing an old-fashioned magazine -- you know, on paper, like Time and Life. more »»

Prepping for Old Man Winter

November 14, 2014 Dear Readers: As the weather begins to cool off, start thinking about some preparations you can make for the WINTER SEASO. more »»

Rethinking U.S. foreign policy

November 14, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's coming request for Congress to "right-size and update" the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will... more »»

President's foreign policy intentions lie in ruins

November 14, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Now that the usual vows of good intentions are over between President Obama and the elected Republican leaders of the House and Senate -- all vowing willingness to work together to... more »»

America's education crisis

November 14, 2014 An educational crisis has struck Minneapolis' public schools: Black students have a tenfold higher chance of suspension or expulsion than white student. more »»



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