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Beef market sizzling

March 21, 2015 Cattle prices charged to a two-month high this week, nearly reaching $1.59 per pound on Thursday. Prices are climbing as demand from meatpackers picks up going into the summer grilling season. The U. more »»

Ruinous ‘compassion’

March 21, 2015 It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious — and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obviou. more »»

Half a heart on marijuana better than no heart at all

March 21, 2015 Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thank. more »»

A sound solution

March 20, 2015 Dear Heloise: Thanks for the column about coping with a pet’s blindness. DOGS are so adaptable! Our miniature dachshund was in her teens when she lost her hearin. more »»

Kasich waits in the wings

March 20, 2015 COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his sentences, like some E. E. more »»

Curtis Gans, a man who changed the course of history

March 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — In high-stakes politics, sometimes the action of a little-known player drastically alters the chessboard with significant results. more »»

The strong emotions of little ones

March 19, 2015 In my position, I visit preschools and child care centers in hopes of helping children learn to deal with difficult social situations and their emotions. more »»

Are networks going to bury emailgate?

March 19, 2015 On March 10, eight days after The New York Times began the scandal over her private email server, Hillary Clinton assembled the press at the United Nations in New York to offer a typically legalisti... more »»

Fair trade is a racial justice issue

March 19, 2015 The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. more »»

Moving along in the Legislature

March 19, 2015 This week we began debating bills on the House Floor in earnest. On Tuesday we debated and passed over 20 bills. more »»

Marshalltown schools — A leader in competency-based education

March 18, 2015 How do many of us remember school? We remember being in classrooms, sitting in rows and progressing from one grade level to the next or one course to the next based on our age and how many courses w... more »»

Obama-Iran deal may not last

March 18, 2015 In her brief press conference at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton led off with a denunciation of the letter to Iranian leaders signed by 47 of the 54 Republican senators. more »»

A brighter legacy of Selma

March 18, 2015 The morning after President Barack Obama delivered his soaring speech in Selma, former Gov. more »»

Who else wants to slash their phone bill?

March 17, 2015 I just read about a woman in Philadelphia who decided to go over her parents’ phone bill only to discover they were paying $21 a month for three leased telephones — one of which they’d tossed out... more »»

Like and dislike in these polarizing times

March 17, 2015 This is for Gigi, who can’t figure out why I don’t like Bill Maher. more »»

Tom Cotton: the most powerful man in Washington

March 17, 2015 Tom Cotton (R-AR) is the junior senator from Arkansas. In fact, Cotton has only been in the Senate for two months. more »»

The problem with being impulsive

March 16, 2015 Dear Dave, I have a problem with impulse spending. I switched to a debit card so that the money comes straight out of my checking account, but I still buy things I know I shouldn’t. more »»

Does Iran really want a bomb?

March 16, 2015 America, we have a problem. In the blood-soaked chaotic Middle East, with few exceptions like the Kurds, our friends either can’t or won’t fight. The Free Syrian Army folded. The U.S. more »»

Wanted: An emotionally secure leader

March 16, 2015 The late Rep. more »»

A few random thoughts

March 15, 2015 If you’ve ever met state Rep. Mark Smith, you probably already know he’s a fairly level-headed, quiet, easy-going gu. more »»



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