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Traps to avoid after graduation

June 29, 2015 Dear Dave, I’m currently a senior in college. I’m completely debt-free right now, and I am wondering what I should do to stay this way after graduatio. more »»

Uneasy coexistence — politics and religion

June 29, 2015 Regular readers may remember the “Shields rule,” about the tension between organized religion and politics. more »»

Love and hate in Dixie

June 29, 2015 “I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you. more »»

The State Fair, food and Sinead O’Connor

June 28, 2015 Let’s just tear into this because we’ve got a lot to cover. more »»

Dessert anyone?

June 28, 2015 Life is short, so let’s eat dessert first and veggies, if you’re still hungry, last. No Bake Peanut Butter Pie 4 oz. cream cheese 1 c. confectioner’s sugar-sifted 1 c. crunchy peanut butter 1/2 c. more »»

In search of the fashion police

June 28, 2015 Fashion has always been an enigma to me. Trying to dress myself every morning is as anxiety-driven as trying to eat a pancake made of angry bumblebees. more »»

Rain, rain, go away

June 27, 2015 Despite farmer’s wishes for sunny skies, rains continued to plague the Midwest this week, with more likely to come. more »»

Hillary and history

June 27, 2015 There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats' candidate for president in 2016. more »»

Meditate for success

June 27, 2015 We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworkin. more »»

Enhancing Iowa’s economy

June 27, 2015 I was asked to lead a trade delegation to Taiwan in July. Taiwan is one of Iowa’s biggest markets for ag exports. more »»

Stick it in the dirt!

June 26, 2015 Dear Heloise: If you don’t have time to vacuum, or it’s too hot, you can use a roll of DUCT TAPE OR MASKING TAPE to pick up any obvious crumbs, bits of paper, etc. — Mary E., Albany, N.Y. more »»

The damaging doctrine of John Roberts

June 26, 2015 WASHINGTON -- Although conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court's complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act -- its ratification of the IRS' disregard of the statute's plain and... more »»

Confederate flag controversy heats up

June 26, 2015 WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Gov. more »»

National strategic agenda awaits legislative action

June 26, 2015 Nationwide polling data clearly indicates that an overwhelming majority of voters support four national strategic policy ideas, known as the No Labels National Strategic Agenda. more »»

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July

June 25, 2015 Safety first! Keep your whole family safe with these fireworks safety tips ( • Obey the law. Different areas have different rules on fireworks. more »»

The Pope’s beauty and incoherence

June 25, 2015 There is a healthy discussion now underway within Catholic circles asking the improbable question: What is the message of Laudato Si, the pope’s new encyclical on the environment? The political left... more »»

Francis vs. Washington

June 25, 2015 Pope Francis, the humble yet bold leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has offered an inspiring 21st century vision to all people. more »»

The best place in town

June 25, 2015 The first book I ever checked out of a library was, I think, “Yousoff the Ostrich” from the Eldora library when I was in the first grad. more »»

Fad diets

June 24, 2015 What is a fad diet? Fad diets are short-term diets that promise a “quick fix” with dramatic weight loss results. more »»

Clinton’s weakness in important states

June 24, 2015 Hillary Clinton has relaunched her campaign on Roosevelt Island with a 4,687-word speec. more »»



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