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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 15, 2015 It’s never too late to let your valentine know how special he or she is. Following are three recipes that say, “Happy Valentine’s Day — a little late. more »»

One more for the road ... and the wallet

February 15, 2015 High school english class is dominated by a few universal elements. There will always one kid that thinks they are a good writer due solely to their possession of a thesaurus. more »»

Pits close, end of an era

February 14, 2015 The world’s most famous and busiest commodity trading pits in Chicago and New York will close later this year, per an announcement from the CME Group earlier this week. more »»

Measles, vaccines and autism

February 14, 2015 The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. more »»

Should economic policy include a senior discount?

February 14, 2015 We’ve seen senior discounts for buses. We’ve seen senior discounts at movie theaters. We’ve seen senior discounts in supermarkets. more »»

A corporate apostate

February 14, 2015 Business schools preach a strict, anti-social doctrine of corporate management that comes down to this: CEOs must be idiots. more »»

Should houseguests complain?

February 13, 2015 Dear Readers: Responses to Carolyn in Houston’s letter regarding GUEST BEDROOMS cluttered with pictures and knickknacks flooded my email! Carolyn had no place to put her suitcase, cosmetics and hair... more »»

The Pence paradox

February 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundru. more »»

Obama’s uncertain trumpet in Middle East, Ukraine

February 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s outward calm in the face of the peril of Russian adventurism in Ukraine is in keeping not only with his personalit. more »»

Education funding critical to students’ success

February 13, 2015 It’s been a busy few weeks at the Capitol. First, a special thanks to all the high school students who came down to the Capitol on Tuesday to join in efforts to stop bullying. more »»

Husband learning that wife’s forgiveness will take time

February 12, 2015 Q: How can I get my wife to forgive me for the ways I've hurt her over the past couple of years? She's withdrawn from me emotionally, and I'm not sure how to convince her I've change. more »»

Brian Williams must step down

February 12, 2015 Brian Williams has ruled the roost at “NBC Nightly News” for more than 10 years. more »»

Green believers

February 12, 2015 By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more than the common good — look sill. more »»

And the work continues ...

February 12, 2015 On Thursday the legislature heard the Condition of the Guard speech delivered by Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr. Gen. Orr highlighted the Home Base Iowa initiative that was passed by the legislature last year. more »»

MCC celebrates retention rate

February 11, 2015 Four years ago Marshalltown Community College embarked on a journey of transformation. We have been intentionally moving our students’ experiences toward success through engagement. more »»

The Democratic majority that emerged -- and disappeared

February 11, 2015 John Judis, co-author of the book "The Emerging Democratic Majority," now says in an article in National Journal that that majority has disappeared. His title: "The Emerging Republican Advantage. more »»

Mommy truce

February 11, 2015 In the early '90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter's... more »»

The gift of a crisis

February 10, 2015 It was the worst day of my life. Not one of the worst days. Not a day where not one thing seems to go right. Worse than that. more »»

Year-round school has merit

February 8, 2015 Year-round school is needed and Marshalltown could be a statewide leader in how best to deliver quality education to our students. more »»

Wes Burns vs. A good night’s sleep

February 8, 2015 So, you might have noticed that we got a metric ton of snow dropped on us in the last couple days. more »»



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