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Here is some food for thought

March 6, 2016 When your wife says she’s going on a diet, what she really means is “the whole family is too. Go ahead; test me. more »»

Gold vaults to one-year high

March 5, 2016 Gold prices exploded this week, topping $1,280 per ounce, the highest price since January 2015, when prices peaked out near $1,310. more »»

Last chance for America? Part II

March 5, 2016 The worst political blunder of all time, according to scientist Freeman Dyson, was the decision of the emperor of China in 1433 to cut off his country from the outside world. more »»

Republican ‘takers’ take down the establishment

March 5, 2016 Just as Donald Trump did a Super Tuesday stomp on the Republican establishment, the establishment showed why it deserved the rough treatment. more »»

The work continues in Des Moines

March 5, 2016 The House has been focusing on passing our bills on the floor and moving them over to the Senate. We’ve passed 74 bills in the two weeks since Feb. 22. more »»

Expanding opportunities for college savings

March 5, 2016 Legislation inspired by students at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines would create more opportunities to set up college savings programs in Iowa. more »»

Luggage labels

March 4, 2016 Dear Readers: A recent hint from a reader suggested “placing a return-address LABEL ON YOUR SUITCASE for identification.” Some of you commented. more »»

The albatross of a Trump endorsement

March 4, 2016 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s distinctive rhetorical style — think of a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” under water — poses an almost insuperable challenge to people... more »»

The frontrunners roll on

March 4, 2016 WASHINGTON — Voters in the Deep South and New England made it clear on Super Tuesday that the voice of the people is not likely to be denied in either major party this year. more »»

Reading to the young

March 3, 2016 As many of you know, I am continuously stressing the importance of reading to your young children and also having books available for them to look at and talk about. more »»

The media hypocrisy about Trump

March 3, 2016 For many years now, the liberal media have lamented that our democracy is badly compromised by a rapacious band of billionaires manipulating government policy and elections and frustrating the will... more »»

A voting rights victory in Maryland

March 3, 2016 Thousands of Marylanders will regain the right to cast their ballots this election year, thanks to the state’s lawmakers. more »»

The Gospel according to St. Titleist

March 3, 2016 Just a few notes about golf, now that winter is almost behind us: “Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. more »»

Arizona, not Trump, shows Republicans the way on immigration

March 2, 2016 In last Thursday’s slam-bang Republican debate everyone saw Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz do a fine job of demonstrating Donald Trump’s ignorance and inconsistencies. more »»

We journalists helped to build monster Trump

March 2, 2016 Let us review. Donald Trump on former prisoner of war John McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured. more »»

Student success relies greatly on student engagement

March 2, 2016 Marshalltown Community College (MCC) recognizes the impact of students’ broader experiences, not restricted to those shaped by curriculum only. more »»

If Obama wasn’t ‘black’ before, he certainly is now

March 1, 2016 Today’s column is for the benefit of one Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson. He shouldn’t need what follows, but obviously does. more »»

How much must we compromise our values?

March 1, 2016 Robert Jeffress is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. Jerry Falwell, Jr. is the President of Liberty University and son of moral crusader Jerry Falwell. more »»

Cheap, easy and magical soap scum remover

March 1, 2016 DEAR MARY: Some time ago you gave your readers a cleaning formula you received from a professional housekeeper. The formula sounded way too simple to be effective. more »»

Should retirees move investments to a CD?

February 29, 2016 Dear Dave, My wife and I are in our early 70s, and we’re retired. We have about $136,000 in corporate bonds and $200,000 in mutual funds. more »»



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