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February 6, 2016 Random thoughts on the passing scene: Will this November’s presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper? People who call Barack Obama a lame duck president seem not t... more »»

And the Oscar for most stunning actress goes to ...

February 6, 2016 We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon. more »»

Another week finished in Des Moines

February 6, 2016 Week 4 of the session is complete. more »»

Too many choices?

February 4, 2016 Over the years I have noticed how parenting has changed significantly; good in a lot of ways but I see many who are trying to be their child’s “friend” instead of a parent. more »»

Iowa ruins the ‘Inevitable’

February 4, 2016 The results in the Iowa caucuses are a rebuke to the notion that the national media have all the influence over America’s voters. more »»

The Pentagon’s pricey culture of mediocrity

February 4, 2016 When the tank crew under my command ran into trouble on the battlefield, I never doubted the ultimate success of the mission because the Marines I served with were among the finest people I kne. more »»

Animated over an animated study

February 4, 2016 I was watching a morning news program the other day and one of the segments concerned a study — A STUDY indicating that Pixar/Disney animated features gave the male ANIMATED characters more speaking... more »»

Teens and cell phones: Advice for keeping them safe

February 3, 2016 Today’s teens face a very different world than many of their parents ever experienced. more »»

GOP debate shows where immigration is headed: Nowhere

February 3, 2016 Donald Trump was absent from Fox News’ Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes’ drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus... more »»

Here we go again, trash talking the working class

February 3, 2016 Bear with me, please, as I start this column with a brief story about my two grandmothers who lived in trailer homes. more »»

For Planned Parenthood, justice seldom gets more poetic

February 2, 2016 “A lie can get halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” That nugget of wisdom dates from the 1800s, i.e. more »»

In his own words

February 2, 2016 “As far as single payer, it works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland.” “I would press for universal healthcare. ... more »»

The Civil War of the right

February 1, 2016 The conservative movement is starting to look a lot like Syria. more »»

Is there only one true progressive?

February 1, 2016 In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward — not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far right, but still the party is moving further lef... more »»

Hold on for now

February 1, 2016 Dear Dave, My husband was laid off a month ago from a job making $80,000 a year. We have no debt except our house payment. We owe about $82,000 on it, but it’s valued at approximately $300,00. more »»

Tasty dinner ideas

January 31, 2016 If you are as tired as I am of watching those political ads as I am, turn off your television and go to the kitchen and make a tasty dinner. Texas Style Meatloaf 1 lb. more »»

100 percent accurate caucus predictions

January 31, 2016 We can see the finish line, my fellow long-suffering Iowans; the caucus is tomorrow night! And what a fun 16 months it has been! Remember when everybody thought that Ben Carson was going to win?... more »»

Tell us we’re pretty again ...

January 31, 2016 With the Iowa Caucuses set to happen soon, the nation’s attention is set on our state. Iowa is once again made to feel like the belle of the ball. But lately it’s gotten a bit creep. more »»

Stocks and crude get married

January 30, 2016 Since Jan. 1, a positive correlation has emerged between crude oil prices and stock index futures; when crude oil moves, so follows the Dow and S&P. more »»

The demand for villains

January 30, 2016 The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. more »»



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