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Holiday head start

August 25, 2015 During these lazy days of summer, Christmas is probably the farthest thing from your mind! With thoughts of vacation, finding ways to keep cool and big family get-togethers filling these summer days... more »»

Don’t argue about it

August 24, 2015 Dear Dave, My wife and I really got serious about your plan. We even sold our house to become completely debt-free. Now, we’re trying to help my mom and dad. more »»

Hillary: nominee or indictee?

August 24, 2015 While perhaps too early for Democratic elites to panic and begin bailing out on Hillary Clinton’s campaign as a doomed vessel, they would be well advised not to miss any of the lifeboat drills. more »»

Hillary Clinton and Alice Paul: suffrage strategy for a hard road forward

August 24, 2015 Editors Note: Mark Shields is off this week. He will return with a column next week. The following column by Jamie Stiehm, has been used in place of Mark Shields. more »»

Breaking up is really hard to do ... really

August 23, 2015 Recently I had a “conversation” with my cable company because I enjoy punishing my brain. Actually, it was less of a conversation and more of a battle. Mysterious male voice: “Hello Mr. more »»

Picnic ideas

August 23, 2015 If you have tomatoes and cucumbers in your garden or have gone to a farmer’s market or have neighbors who have shared produce, I have a couple recipes you might like to try. more »»

A fortnight full of digital fraud, Miami Vice

August 23, 2015 When do you ever get to use the word “fortnight?” Example: Welcome, beloved readers, this is the first column I’ve written in a fortnight! Two weeks. “Fortnight” means two weeks. more »»

Immigration excuses

August 22, 2015 One of the most lame excuses for doing nothing is that we can’t do everything. Such excuses have been repeated endlessly, even by some conservatives, when it comes to illegal immigration. more »»

Audience members are getting lousy reviews

August 22, 2015 Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second ro. more »»

Why is affordable college tuition so important?

August 22, 2015 Keeping college affordable allows more Iowans to get the education and skills they need to find good job. more »»

They just keep drilling, and drilling, and drilling ...

August 22, 2015 Crude oil prices declined to a six-year low, approaching $40 per barrel as U.S. and international producers continue pumping petroleum despite an overwhelming global glut of fuel. Many U.S. more »»

Two travel without doubling up

August 21, 2015 Dear Heloise: My mom and I take a yearly trip together. We have learned what the other sometimes forgets to pack. more »»

Honoring Ike with a monstrosity

August 21, 2015 WASHINGTON -- We could wearily shrug, say "Oh, well," and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. more »»

'Mad as hell' demogoguery won't win Trump GOP nomination

August 21, 2015 WASHINGTON -- Nearly 40 years ago, a fictional television anchor called Howard Beale captured a public mood of despair by telling his viewers to go to the nearest window, throw it open and shout:... more »»

A troubling trend in underage alcohol sales?

August 21, 2015 You may have seen two articles in the Times-Republican recently about two compliance checks on Marshalltown businesses and retailers resulting in seven businesses being cited for selling alcohol to ... more »»

How to get everyone out the door on time

August 20, 2015 Getting out the door on time can be a difficult task. Especially with kids going back to school after a summer of relaxed schedules. more »»

Censoring the real Planned Parenthood

August 20, 2015 After six devastating hidden-camera interviews, the best Planned Parenthood and its top-dollar crisis managers can muster in their defense is to protest that they were “heavily edited. more »»

Who’s the real troublemaker in the Middle East?

August 20, 2015 Except for maybe the Affordable Care Act, nothing gets Republican politicians fired up like Iran. more »»

Ethanol: A love story

August 20, 2015 It’s a timeless story of teenage romance: pledging love, abandoning reason, rebelling against authority. No, this isn’t the plot of a John Hughes movie. more »»

Does sleep impact food choices and health?

August 19, 2015 Very little doubt exists among health professionals about the importance of a good night’s rest and its relationship to maintaining your physical and mental health. more »»



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