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Marshalltown: STEM capital of the world

August 2, 2015 Well maybe I am doing a bit of self-proclaiming in the headline, but this is some self-proclaiming that we can back up in Marshalltown! It was very exciting earlier this week to be at the high schoo... more »»

Trading up for a better trade deal

July 28, 2015 As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. more »»

Trump’s badmouthing deportment

July 20, 2015 The presidential candidate’s rants have galvanized Latinos of all ages, backgrounds, and political affiliations. The chips just keep falling. more »»

Unreported activities at the Iowa State Fair

July 14, 2015 The Iowa State Fair does a great job each year of showcasing a variety of entertainment, with carnival rides, booths where you can win a 35-cent prize for a few hundred dollars, hosting competitions... more »»

Things that make you go hmmm?

July 13, 2015 Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times! Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the groun... more »»

Yemen is starving, and we’re partly to blame

July 6, 2015 A Saudi-led war supported by Washington has sparked a devastating humanitarian crisis. more »»

The pope could inspire a green energy revolution

June 29, 2015 If you visit the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Ellicott City, Maryland, you’ll notice a large solar array standing in one of their fields. more »»

Give officers the credit they deserve

June 23, 2015 Not every law enforcement story ends in tragedy or controversy. And not every law enforcement story receives the kind of attention it deserves. more »»

Paying the pink tax

June 22, 2015 Women are slammed with $1,400 a year in retail markups thanks to gendered marketing. You probably think you know about all the taxes you pa. more »»

Tightening whose belt?

June 16, 2015 As a millennial, I take the push to ditch the estate tax personally. more »»

School funding compromise breaks gridlock, ends session

June 15, 2015 The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. more »»

No taxpayer dollars for the ‘Bank of Boeing’

June 9, 2015 The Ex-Im Bank is a favor factory for politically well-connected corporations trolling for handouts. more »»

Diversity Sells

June 8, 2015 Ignoring the experiences of women and people of color now comes at a price for filmmakers and TV execs. more »»

Why some men have a dog and no wife

June 3, 2015 The content of this column does not in any way represent the opinion of this newspaper or, more importantly, the operator of this column who has a wife and four daughter. more »»

The latest victim in the war on whistleblowers

June 3, 2015 Jeffrey Sterling learned the hard way that the feds will throw the book at anyone who embarrasses them. Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. more »»

Laws of nature

May 25, 2015 Following are immutable laws of nature, many of which you will already know from personal experience. . more »»

Nonviolence for whom?

May 12, 2015 If violence isn’t the answer, somebody should tell the police. Ferguson. New York. Baltimore. more »»

Why not travel to Cuba?

March 23, 2015 Scuba diving off Varadero Beach shouldn’t land you in hot water with Uncle Sam. If you’re an American citizen, you’ve got one of the most valuable passports in the world. more »»

Ingenious ideas from the internet

March 17, 2015 This should really say “copied by Rick Deines” since it is taken from an email a friend sent to me. Sharpen a pair of scissors by cutting a sheet of sandpaper. more »»

Call the advertising police!

March 2, 2015 That sound you hear is my own advertising siren sounding, hoping to arrest some of the ads that now flood television. more »»



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