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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 »»

Rush Limbaugh’s finding out he’s not normal, and it scares him

June 9, 2015 I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. more »»

American narcissism

June 9, 2015 Greek mythology conjured the tale of Narcissus. The son of Cephissus, a river god, and Liriope, a nymph, Narcissus was renowned for his good looks and skills as a hunter. more »»

Opening up the Orpheum

June 7, 2015 My favorite memory of the Orpheum Theater here in Marshalltown is easy to remember, since the date was so important. July 3, 1996: The Day “Independence Day” was released. more »»

Try these June delights

June 7, 2015 Can you believe it’s June already? ! I believe it’s true that the older we get the faster the time goes. Today I have recipes for a tasty meal. more »»

Sight is in the eye of the beholder

June 7, 2015 Some time ago it was decided I needed to go to the optometrist after getting into several accidents. more »»

Oil slides again

June 6, 2015 The glut of crude oil continued to sink prices lower this week. more »»



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