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After school treats

September 7, 2014 It’s official — summer is over. Today I have some sweet treats for after-school munching. Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 c. sugar 3/4 c. packed brown sugar 3/4 c. more »»

Parents: Cover retirement first then pay for college

September 6, 2014 Dear Mary: We recently read a short article you wrote on common money mistakes to avoid. One of the mistakes was "Paying for college." Unfortunately, this article came about three years too late. more »»

Irresponsible choices

September 6, 2014 The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove. more »»

Celebs nix nude pix: Whose problem?

September 6, 2014 The FBI is looking into what millions of people are looking at: hacked photos of naked celebrities. more »»

Do you want some hogwash with that burger?

September 6, 2014 Burger King bills itself as “home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is a whale of a deal. more »»

An eye on the Baltic States?

September 5, 2014 WASHINGTON -- The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. more »»

A cautious president, or a careless one?

September 5, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In the wake of President Obama's surprising comment to reporters that "we don't have a strategy yet" to deal with the surging terrorist threat of the Islamic State threat in Syria and... more »»

Humility and self sacrifice are keys to strong leadership

September 5, 2014 Q: The idea of "leadership" seems to be getting a lot of hype these days. more »»

Read to children all year long

September 4, 2014 School has begun and many of us have gotten back into routines and schedules. more »»

Exploiting the 'Sex Box'

September 4, 2014 We recently came across a rather new TV network, Me-TV. It's great stuff for old fogies (like one of us) -- reruns of the best of television from the '60s and '70. more »»

Against the wind

September 4, 2014 Shortly before Congress left for its long summer vacation, Senator Barbara Mikulski tried to block a 150-megawatt wind farm. more »»

Working together to improve Marshalltown school district

September 3, 2014 Marshalltown Community School District is extremely grateful for the many individuals, agencies and businesses that partner with us to improve the quality of life for our children. more »»

The one-man pedaling show

September 2, 2014 Pedal boats are fun — especially if you don’t have to pedal. The rest of my family was given that luxury recently. We took a day trip to Hickory Grove Park a couple of weeks ago near Col. more »»

Obama's segue from constructive tax Proposals to low-grade demagoguery

September 2, 2014 "The tax system should be simplified and work for all Americans with lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets. more »»

Parenting is full of goodbyes

September 2, 2014 This is the month of departure for many parents, the time of year when they brace themselves for new versions of their children getting on with life. more »»

Agriculture and Aiddy

August 31, 2014 Take a good look at your dinner plate. Where did all that food come from? Yes, you may have picked up a few items here and there at Hy-Vee or Fareway, but they are just the middle men. more »»

When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin?

August 31, 2014 Grab a sweater, light a roaring fire and make sure the ice scraper is in the car because fall has descended upon our warm and weary sun soaked selves. more »»

Investigators: No deaths at Phoenix VA due to poor care

August 31, 2014 Allegations by whistle-blowers several months ago that long waits for medical appointments at the Phoenix VA hospital may have caused the deaths of at least 40 veterans, and that a “secret list” of... more »»

Casserole essentials

August 31, 2014 I grew up in Minnesota and I never ate a casserole until I came to Iowa — I only ate hot dishes. more »»

Facts vs. visions

August 30, 2014 The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th centur. more »»



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