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Leave no generation behind

November 13, 2014 Over a decade ago, I got a call from Bill Gates. Not the Bill Gates you’re probably thinking of. It was Bill Gates Sr., the Microsoft founder’s dad. more »»

Support for school-aged children with mental health needs

November 12, 2014 Sending your child to school is an exciting event for many families and each child should look upon going to school favorably. more »»

Two hidden factors in the 2014 campaign

November 12, 2014 Looking back on the 2014 election cycle, I see two largely unnoticed turning points that worked against Democrats and in Republicans' favor. more »»

Time to dust off my reproductive freedom flag

November 12, 2014 The morning after the Republicans won, well, just about everything, I spent a good half-hour staring at a favorite piece of artwork that hangs in a prominent place in our home. more »»

Routine breaks are dangerous

November 11, 2014 I know I’m a man of routine. If I don’t get my bowl of cereal for dessert at lunch I feel a little lost the rest of the day. more »»

A holiday nightmare ... no more Halloween candy

November 9, 2014 During Marshalltown’s Halloween activities on the 31st, I was afraid I would have to utter those frightening words to the many costumed children in my neighborhood: “No more candy!” It almost... more »»

How about them cranberries?

November 9, 2014 ‘Tis the season for cranberries. My mother always made cranberries the same way — and I did not like them. more »»

Dems embarassed

November 9, 2014 Outsmarted, outspent and in some cases, outworked. more »»

The Food Network might be a little racist

November 9, 2014 Editor’s Note: Due to an illness this week, we’ll feature a select column from the ‘Best of Burns’ file. I watch a lot of Food Network. A lot. I'm not some kind of gourmand. more »»

An open letter to Victoria's Secret

November 9, 2014 Dear Victoria’s Secret, I think enough time has passed that we can talk about the first time we officially “me. more »»

Voter fraud and voter I.D.

November 8, 2014 One of the biggest voter frauds may be the idea promoted by Attorney General Eric Holder and others that there is no voter fraud, that laws requiring voters to have a photo identification are just... more »»

Progressives don’t need Washington all that much

November 8, 2014 The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn’t matter much to progressive. more »»

Dropping oil pressures producers

November 8, 2014 Crude oil’s collapse continued this week, with prices nearing $75 per barrel, the lowest level in over three years. Prices are dropping as U.. more »»

Manual access

November 7, 2014 Dear Readers: It seems that a MANUAL (or instructions) comes with just about anything you buy today -- large and small appliances, as well as electronics! If you tossed one out thinking you'd never... more »»

Maintaining the ‘fence’ of religion or tearing it down?

November 7, 2014 This is a friendly amendment to the recent letter submitted by the letter writer who paraphrased the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion or prohibiting the free... more »»

What the GOP must do now

November 7, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to its consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what do with what they have caught. more »»

Marriage may not be right answer for expectant couple

November 6, 2014 Q: Should I marry my pregnant girlfriend? Our relationship has always been one of convenience, and neither of us considered it permanent. She intends to raise the baby, and I want to do my part. more »»

TV anchors shouldn't lecture about democracy

November 6, 2014 On the Sunday before the election, CBS "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer unloaded one of those pompously "progressive" end-of-show commentaries about how our democracy is being ruined by money. more »»

Burying the hatchet with Iran

November 6, 2014 Don’t tell anyone, but the United States and Iran are getting closer — perhaps closer than ever — to letting go of 35 years of enmity. No, Washington and Tehran aren’t going to be BFFs or anything. more »»



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