An eye on the Baltic States?
September 5, 2014 WASHINGTON -- The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. more »»
A cautious president, or a careless one?
September 5, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In the wake of President Obama's surprising comment to reporters that "we don't have a strategy yet" to deal with the surging terrorist threat of the Islamic State threat in Syria and... more »»
Exploiting the 'Sex Box'
September 4, 2014 We recently came across a rather new TV network, Me-TV. It's great stuff for old fogies (like one of us) -- reruns of the best of television from the '60s and '70. more »»
Against the wind
September 4, 2014 Shortly before Congress left for its long summer vacation, Senator Barbara Mikulski tried to block a 150-megawatt wind farm. more »»
The one-man pedaling show
September 2, 2014 Pedal boats are fun — especially if you don’t have to pedal. The rest of my family was given that luxury recently. We took a day trip to Hickory Grove Park a couple of weeks ago near Col. more »»
Parenting is full of goodbyes
September 2, 2014 This is the month of departure for many parents, the time of year when they brace themselves for new versions of their children getting on with life. more »»
Agriculture and Aiddy
August 31, 2014 Take a good look at your dinner plate. Where did all that food come from? Yes, you may have picked up a few items here and there at Hy-Vee or Fareway, but they are just the middle men. more »»
When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin?
August 31, 2014 Grab a sweater, light a roaring fire and make sure the ice scraper is in the car because fall has descended upon our warm and weary sun soaked selves. more »»
August 31, 2014 I grew up in Minnesota and I never ate a casserole until I came to Iowa — I only ate hot dishes. more »»
Facts vs. visions
August 30, 2014 The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th centur. more »»
Perry hams it up
August 30, 2014 Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. He’s a real ham — only not as smart. more »»
Letters from my readers
August 30, 2014 Dear Mary: I wanted to tell you the secret of sticking to a budget on our family vacation -- something we've had a hard time achieving in the past. more »»