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April 17, 2016 One staple of my childhood in addition to grass stains and poor haircuts was grocery shopping. It always felt like an event. One of the primary attractions was the magical Sample Ladies. more »»

Soybeans sprout higher

April 16, 2016 Soybeans soared to an eight-month high, driven by hopes for better U.S. soybean exports in the coming months and concerns about South American weather and political turmoil. more »»

Pets need sunscreen, too!

April 15, 2016 Dear Readers: Summer weather’s already here in many parts of the country, and that means outdoor fun and play in the sun. SUNSCREEN is vital for humans, and also a must for our four-pawed friends. more »»

The destructive threat of cyberwarfare

April 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about what constitutes aggression. more »»

Republican leadership void foretells chaos ahead

April 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — As speculation mounts on the prospect of an open, contested Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, the absence of old-time party leadership is painfully evident. more »»

The suicidal left throws Bill Clinton over

April 15, 2016 This week, the Bernie Sanders revolution finally ate its own. more »»

Backyard camping: A cheap way to have fun!

April 14, 2016 Well, let’s admit it, it seems like it is never going to warm up. But those of us who choose to live in Iowa know it will, sooner or later. more »»

HBO’s fetish for Mapplethorpe

April 14, 2016 HBO shocked the world on April 4 by unveiling a 100-minute documentary honoring the legacy and legislative career of Sen. Jesse Helms. Kidding — delayed April fool. more »»

Run against Obama

April 14, 2016 When a Republican has been in the presidency for eight years, as George W. Bush was, Democrats run against the Republicans. more »»

ECC focuses on collaboration to meet goals

April 13, 2016 As part of its overall mission, Ellsworth Community College is dedicated to providing quality learning experiences and ensuring student success while responding to diverse community needs and... more »»

The tragic deterioration of Washington’s Great Society subway

April 13, 2016 If you live any distance beyond the Capital Beltway you probably didn’t notice, but an important part of government in Washington shut down on Wednesday, March 16. more »»

Hope lives

April 13, 2016 If ever a person lived up to the promise of her name, it was my friend Hope. I used to tell her that, a lot, over our three decades of friendship. Every time, she smiled and waved me off. more »»

How to squirrel proof a bird feeder

April 12, 2016 I was recently shopping for a bird feeder for a dear friend. I learned quickly that squirrels are nuts about bird feeders and can outsmart just about any design to get the bird food. more »»

Growing up is hard to do

April 12, 2016 One of the things candidates for president sometimes find is that, as they gather strength, their campaign nature changes. Gone are the friendly faces a candidate is long accustomed to. more »»

Doesn’t Mississippi have more pressing concerns?

April 12, 2016 A portrait of Mississippi. It has a lower percentage of high school graduates than almost any other state. It has an unemployment rate higher than almost any other stat. more »»

Selling sentimental stuff

April 11, 2016 Dear Dave, How do you decide whether or not to sell collectible memorabilia when you’re getting out of debt? — William Dear William, In most cases, there’s a pretty wide spectrum of emotional... more »»

Past and present

April 11, 2016 Editors Note: because of unforeseen circumstances, there will be no mark shields column this week. more »»

Can the GOP get together in Cleveland?

April 11, 2016 After winning only six delegates in Wisconsin, and with Ted Cruz poaching delegates in states he has won, like Louisiana, Donald Trump either wins on the first ballot at Cleveland, or Trump does not... more »»

Easy peasy recipes

April 10, 2016 Today I have easy recipes — the best kind. Orange Chicken-crock pot recipe 2 lb. boneless, skinless breasts 2-12 oz. cans orange sodas 1 c. more »»

Quadrennial catastrophes

April 10, 2016 Whatever you may think of the current presidential contest the prevailing opinion, regardless of political affiliation, is that our country is headed down a path toward total oblivion. more »»



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