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What happens in Puerto Rico won’t stay there

April 29, 2016 Immigrant goes to America, Many hellos in America; Nobody knows in America Puerto Rico’s in America! — “West Side Story” WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America’s 1898... more »»

Presidential frontrunners close in

April 29, 2016 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s sweep of five Northeastern primaries and Hillary Clinton’s victories in four of the five have moved the 2016 presidential election process to the brink of decision in bot... more »»

What is Democratic?

April 29, 2016 Having devoured the meanings of the words “establishment” and “conservative” with some fava beans and a nice chianti, Donald Trump has spent the last several weeks cannibalizing yet another word tha... more »»

Night light shines on the road

April 29, 2016 Dear Heloise: When I travel, bringing along my NIGHT LIGHT is a must. Mine comes on when the lights go off or it gets dark in the room. more »»

The positive effects of single parenting

April 28, 2016 In today’s world, the national media likes to emphasize the negative effects of single parenting on kids, from economic hardships to abandonment-related trust issues. more »»

Using teletherapy to support students with speech concerns

April 27, 2016 For a moment, think back to a time before computers, cell phones, tablets, video games and other technolog. more »»

Ethnicity still matters in the politics of 2016

April 27, 2016 Ethnicity still matters. That’s one lesson I draw from the results so far of this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses. more »»

Same misogyny, different season

April 27, 2016 Hillary Clinton’s ascendancy in the race for president has provided an opportunity for the rest of us women to step back and assess our standing in America. more »»

Readers want the best inexpensive appliances

April 26, 2016 DEAR MARY: What is the best refrigerator brand overall? We are ready to purchase a French-door style refrigerator with water and ice compartments in the door. Thank yo. more »»

Life upended

April 26, 2016 In the two years that I have written this column, I have always tried to make it about the news of the day. I find myself in the awkward position of being the news of the day. more »»

Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

April 26, 2016 Dear white people: As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich. more »»

Loan converts to scholarship

April 25, 2016 Dear Dave, I’m a senior in high school here in Arkansas, and I think I want to study business in college. I’ve gotten an unusual offer from a small, out-of-state school. more »»

Giving back in life and in death

April 24, 2016 Charles Lanam’s life had meaning; it had purpose. And when he was laid to rest this past week at the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery, hundreds of people made sure his passing would not go unnoticed. more »»

Grilled cheese three ways

April 24, 2016 Recently I was looking for an alternative to the traditional grilled cheese sandwich recipe and I found three that are worth tryin. more »»

Putin watch update: Theft and porridge

April 24, 2016 Roger Moore-era James Bond bad guy, current Prime President of Russia, and friend of the column Vladimir Putin, hosted a marathon call-in show last week where he answered questions from Russia... more »»

Child Negotiations 101

April 24, 2016 I’m often amazed at how my wife caves into our two-year-old so. more »»

Grains go for elevator ride

April 23, 2016 Grain elevators full of corn, wheat, and soybeans had a wild week, making a quick price trip up and then back down again. Prices for the three major U.. more »»

Winners or whiners?

April 23, 2016 If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality — in both parties. more »»

News from Des Moines

April 23, 2016 This was week 15 of the session and we are now past the 100-day mark. Our clerks have been let go, our per diem has ended, and many of our pages have also gone back to school. more »»

Keeping vulnerable kids a priority

April 23, 2016 Every child deserves a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are there to help abused and neglected children by serving as their voice in court. more »»



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