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100 percent accurate caucus predictions

January 31, 2016 We can see the finish line, my fellow long-suffering Iowans; the caucus is tomorrow night! And what a fun 16 months it has been! Remember when everybody thought that Ben Carson was going to win?... more »»

Tell us we’re pretty again ...

January 31, 2016 With the Iowa Caucuses set to happen soon, the nation’s attention is set on our state. Iowa is once again made to feel like the belle of the ball. But lately it’s gotten a bit creep. more »»

Stocks and crude get married

January 30, 2016 Since Jan. 1, a positive correlation has emerged between crude oil prices and stock index futures; when crude oil moves, so follows the Dow and S&P. more »»

The demand for villains

January 30, 2016 The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. more »»

Why cheap oil isn’t bad for the environment

January 30, 2016 It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public’s craving to install solar panels and build wind turbines. more »»

The happenings in Des Moines

January 30, 2016 Wednesday of this week we heard from Major General Timothy Orr for the Condition of the Iowa National Guard address. more »»

The secret pal

January 29, 2016 Dear Heloise: I am a “secret pal” to a lady in a NURSING HOME. I asked for the name of someone who doesn’t have any family near or no one who bothers to write or visi. more »»

Michael Bloomberg: An echo, not a choice

January 29, 2016 WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg’s epiphany about the 2016 presidential proceedings is that what is missing is a second bossy, big-government billionaire from Manhattan’s East Side — another candidate... more »»

Democrats model political civility in Iowa town hall

January 29, 2016 WASHINGTON — Civility made a rare appearance Monday night at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, as the three Democratic presidential candidates submitted to a final public interrogation before... more »»

Iowa National Guard is stronger than ever

January 29, 2016 Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr addressed lawmakers on Jan. 27 in his annual Condition of the Guard. more »»

Consider your expenses when managing money and marriage

January 28, 2016 Q: My wife and I fight about money all the time. We both hate the conflict, but we feel stuck in this pattern — especially since there never seems to be enough cash in the ba. more »»

CNN enables Hillary’s whitewash

January 28, 2016 Just a couple of weeks after CNN happily acquiesced to a quickly improvised “town hall” meeting for President Obama to promote gun control, they once again agreed with the Democrats to provide a... more »»

I’m skipping the Oscars

January 28, 2016 For two years in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences — the organization behind the Oscars — failed to nominate a single actor or actress of color in the lead and supporting actin... more »»

Turning our backs

January 28, 2016 With the winter winds of January came a flurry of reports that several states were moving to cut thousands of people from their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamp”)... more »»

Supporting students with high abilities

January 27, 2016 The mission of the Marshalltown Community School District is to nurture students to become personally and intellectually empowered for citizenship in a changing worl. more »»

Americans tired of elites considering them stupid and vicious

January 27, 2016 How stupid and vicious do they think we are? That’s a question that I think explains a lot of things about politics and society today — and about this year’s unpredicted presidential race. more »»

Trump and the myth of superiority

January 27, 2016 There are many reasons to recommend Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” but this is not a book review, so I offer this single, searing paragraph: “I have said before: It... more »»

The power of persistence

January 26, 2016 Every day, I get at least one letter or message from someone who needs encouragement. It might be a never-changing credit-card balance that has the writer down in the dumps. more »»

Track Palin, Sarah’s latest political opportunity

January 26, 2016 The police report paints a confusing and chaotic picture. Apparently, the young man and his girlfriend got into an argument over her ex-boyfriend. At some point, things became physical. more »»

Seminary money

January 25, 2016 Dear Dave, My wife and I recently followed your plan and became debt-free, and we’re committed to never going back there again. more »»



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