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Thinks he’s a dreamer

June 15, 2015 Dear Dave, We’re debt-free including our home. My husband is a man of faith, but a bit of a dreamer. more »»

From Iowa to Cuba

June 14, 2015 Establishing a trade path from Iowa to Cuba has proven to be a challenge but the work is being done. more »»

Kick back with these laid-back recipes

June 14, 2015 My motto for the summer is “living easy.” The first two recipes can be made using a skillet and the Green Bean Salad requires a can opener. Giant Skillet Sticky Bun 2 Tbls. butter 1/4 c. more »»

Time capsule OR just a box of garbage?

June 14, 2015 Editor’s note: This was originally published on Ja. more »»

Father’s Day for a new dad

June 14, 2015 When I watch TV shows set in days of yore like “Mad Men,” I can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia, even though I wasn’t, technically, alive in the 1960. more »»

Stormy outlook for grain markets

June 13, 2015 There’s a common farmer’s adage “rain makes grain,” but many Midwestern farmers this year are being unfortunately reminded that there can be too much of a good thing. more »»

Who lost Iraq?

June 13, 2015 After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question:... more »»

Federal lands don't belong to the states

June 13, 2015 The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not. Sen. more »»

Celebrate Flag Day and honor a veteran

June 13, 2015 This Sunday, June 14, marks National Flag Day. I hope all Iowans will take a moment on Sunday to think about the American Flag, what it stands for and what it truly means to be an American. more »»

Power up with a nap!

June 12, 2015 Dear Readers: Are you fully awake? Are you TIRED? Are you functioning, but sort of on 3/4 power? You could be one of the millions and millions of folks who are sleep-deprived! We work many hours, do... more »»

A vote for TPA is not a vote for Obama

June 12, 2015 WASHINGTON — Before presidential politics — the game of getting to 270 electoral votes — completely eclipses governing, there is the urgent task of getting to 217 votes in the House of... more »»

Hillary comes out of the shadows

June 12, 2015 WASHINGTON — The long reintroduction of Hillary Clinton to the American public as a presidential candidate is getting to look like the coming-out of a wealthy and spoiled debutante. more »»

A few pet peeves to ponder

June 12, 2015 Pet peeve department: I cringe whenever I hear someone (especially television and radio advertisers) say “joo-ler-ee” when they mean “joo-wel-ree” for jewelry. Or, “noo-cue-lar” for “noo-cle-ar. more »»

Slow down summer learning loss

June 11, 2015 I know many of you have heard about how some children in the summer will lose a good percent of what they have learned the past year while attending school. more »»

Politico's Clinton-scandal dismissals

June 11, 2015 Politico keeps posting ridiculous columns by both Democrats and Republicans who charge that the Clinton scandals are either (1) nonexistent or (2) all politically harmless. more »»

A green-energy founding father

June 11, 2015 When historians get around to identifying who greened the national grid, Scott Sklar belongs on their lis. more »»

Cooking with calcium

June 10, 2015 Calcium plays many important roles in the human body, including helping to build and maintain strong, healthy bones and teeth, helping blood to clot properly and aiding in nerve and muscle function. more »»

Hillary Clinton’s slide in polls leaves her vulnerable

June 10, 2015 “Despite everything,” the often interesting analyst Jamelle Bouie writes in Slate — “everything” includes “the email controversy, foreign donors and the Clinton Foundation” — “Hillary is in good... more »»

Sheryl Sandberg finds her way back

June 10, 2015 Like so many people, my past 30 days have been full of the usual mishmash that makes life so crazy normal. more »»

How to Buy Carpet

June 9, 2015 It’s not something you buy every day. But when it’s time to buy carpet, you want to know your stuff. more »»



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