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America truly needs the New Hampshire primary

February 23, 2015 The three most recently elected U.S. more »»

From Iowa to Havana

February 22, 2015 State Sen. Steve Sodders of State Center recently filed a resolution in the state legislature supporting an enhanced trade relationship between Cuba and Iow. more »»

Two versions of a BLT and blueberry pie!

February 22, 2015 My Grandma Kodet made the best everything, including blueberry pie. This is not her pie recipe because I don’t think she had recipes. I do know she cooked a lot with lard that she rendered herself. more »»

It shouldn’t take a year

February 22, 2015 Dear Dave, I’m 30 and debt-free. Do you think I should stop making contributions to my 401(k) account for a year in order to save up an emergency fund? — Beth Dear Beth, Yes, I do. more »»

Yelling at the TV, now with more purpose!

February 22, 2015 I’ve got a long history with the good people at Sony. It started early, during my salad days of youth. more »»

Coming together as a people around the sweet sizzle

February 22, 2015 The news is full of depressing things in the world, most notably people that don’t get along and as a result end up doing terrible things to each other. This is because common ground is hard to fin. more »»

Thermometers drop, heating fuels pop

February 21, 2015 The eastern half of the United States plunged into a deep freeze this week, forcing homeowners to crank up the hea. more »»

Who stole my trash can?

February 20, 2015 Dear Heloise: My city provides each house with a container for trash collection and one for recycling. Our trash can recently went MISSING. I looked around but can’t find it. more »»

War authorization’s difficult debate

February 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. more »»

It’s hard to remain a reporter sitting in the anchor’s chair

February 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — There no doubt has been some unsympathetic chuckling from purveyors of print journalism — the underpaid and unrecognized foot soldiers of the reporting trade — at the fall from grace of... more »»

Is Israel the problem, or are Jews the problem?

February 20, 2015 In the aftermath of the killing of a man at a Copenhagen synagogue by a member of the Religion of Peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This wave of attacks is expected to continu. more »»

Baby’s turning Into a toddler

February 19, 2015 Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday you brought home your little bundle of joy and now they are getting ready to walk and explore the world. more »»

Aiming the starter’s gun at the GOP

February 19, 2015 The safest bet you can possibly make at the beginning of a presidential election cycle is that the “objective” national media will savage the Republican contenders with “investigative” journalism. more »»

King Coal catches black lung

February 19, 2015 What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they’re coal overlords. Take Gregory Boyce. more »»

Forget the stereotypes

February 19, 2015 When an angry neighbor murdered three Muslim students in North Carolina, my Facebook feed lit up. Tragic, I thought, and I scrolled on. Then another post caught my ey. more »»

Duties of an elementary school counselor

February 18, 2015 The elementary counselors of the Marshalltown Community School District are professional educators who work with today’s diverse student population. more »»

Democrats' 'Blue Wall' not impregnable to Republicans -- if they're smart

February 18, 2015 Do Republicans have a realistic chance to win the next presidential election? Some analysts suggest the answer is no. They argue that there is a 240-electoral-vote "blue wall" of 18 states and D.C. more »»

Why I’m pulling for Brian Williams

February 18, 2015 Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection. Newsrooms are tribal and competitive, fueling pettiness in the most honorable people. more »»

A legislative update

February 18, 2015 We continue with committee work as we run bills through subcommittee and committee, and we have debated a few bills on the floor of the House. more »»

Making the high cost of ground beef easier to swallow

February 17, 2015 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high in November, to a whopping $4.20 per pound. more »»

 
 
 

 

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