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The media’s cockeyed political spectrum

January 21, 2016 To hear the press tell it, the Republican Party has gone so far to the right that Ronald Reagan wouldn’t recognize it. more »»

Digging up a mountain of debt

January 21, 2016 For the first time in more than 30 years, the federal government has decided to hold off on authorizing new leases for coal mining on federal lan. more »»

Let’s put prison sentences on probation

January 21, 2016 You may have heard there’s a growing political movement against mass incarceration. Someone should clue in the judge. more »»

ECC TRIO program is getting results

January 20, 2016 Ellsworth Community College recently received approval for a federal TRIO-SSS grant for the 2015-20 funding cycle. more »»

The GOP race heats up while Hillary Clinton falters

January 20, 2016 The race for president is accelerating in high gear, or, rather, the races for president — in the Republican and Democratic parties, in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and primaries and... more »»

Rhetoric seldom matches reality of motherhood

January 20, 2016 The one good thing about Ohio Gov. more »»

The Media shaped primary

January 19, 2016 We now know that there was no mechanical problem with the two U.S. Navy boats the Iranians captured. more »»

Nikki Haley living in Fantasyland

January 19, 2016 Nikki Haley’s 44th birthday is this week. You would think her a little old for fairytales. more »»

Answers to reader questions on stamp pads, non-cable DVRS and cabinet cleaning

January 19, 2016 DEAR MARY: Do you know of any way to revitalize stamp pads that have dried up? Thanks! — V.B. more »»

Lift the embargo, lift up Cuba

January 17, 2016 HAVANA, Cuba — The sweet scent of a lit Cohiba cigar coupled with a warm ocean breeze remains fresh in my mind. But what made my recent trek to Cuba most memorable were the peopl. more »»

Jimmy Fallon has a drinking problem

January 17, 2016 I think NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt was having a bad day. But first: Let me take you, dear reader, back to January 13 of two thousand sixteen. more »»

Flossing an alligator would be easier

January 17, 2016 Below is an open letter to my dentist, who thinks it’d be a good idea to start having my two-year-old son start flossing. more »»

Diesel in a deep dive

January 16, 2016 Petroleum markets continued their downward spiral this week, led lower by diesel fuel. more »»

‘Messing with the Constitution’

January 16, 2016 In recent years, a small but growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. more »»

Ambassador is a dangerous job

January 16, 2016 When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. “I was No. 1,” he recalls. more »»

Iowa courts strive for justice for all

January 16, 2016 Iowa’s courts are committed to: • Protecting Iowa’s children; • Operating an efficient, full-service court system; • Providing faster and less costly resolution of legal disputes; • Operating in an... more »»

Pet meal planning

January 15, 2016 Dear Heloise: We have several pets that need to be cared for while we are away. l portion out the right amount of food for each day and put it in small, clean plastic butter bowls. more »»

Rubio’s record of misjudgment

January 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — What boxer Sonny Liston’s manager said of him (Sonny had his good points, the trouble was his bad points) is true of Marco Rubio. more »»

Obama offers a reality check

January 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — In President Obama’s final State of the Union address to Congress, he decided to counter with some calm talk the fear tactics of Donald Trump and the other Republicans striving to... more »»

Legislative session begins

January 15, 2016 The 2016 legislative session is under way. Monday morning we began with the swearing in of Rep. Linda Upmeyer as our new Speaker of the House. more »»



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