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Exodus 14:21-29 tells of the parting of the Red Sea and the “pillar of fire and cloud.” Liberal theologians explain all this as mere natural events; very high winds parting the sea and a volcano causing the pillar of fire and cloud. If that is correct, then don’t you agree that these two ...

Future Files

Coffee and Sugar Swirl Lower Your morning fix of java and sweetener just got cheaper, thanks to rising production around the world. Coffee and sugar prices fell near 2.5 year lows this week as the markets adjust to oversupply. Hefty coffee harvests are expected this year in Brazil, the ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Recipes in and out Let’s get those grills fired up! Or you can cook inside, since I have recipes today that accommodate both outside and inside cooking. The Ultimate Burger 2-1/2 lb skirt steak or sirloin flap steak Buns Accompaniments to suit: cheese, pickles, lettuce, and ...

More than just a cola

Dear Heloise: Many people enjoy a COLA drink because it’s refreshing, but did you know that it has other uses as well? * Pour a bottle or can of cola in your toilet, wait one hour, then scrub and flush. * Dog get sprayed by a skunk? Pour a cola drink over the affected area — the cola ...

Inside the Iowa House

The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on April 17 but it won’t happen anytime soon. That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially on the budget and taxes. It’s bad news for ...

If You Don’t Agree With Me, You’re a Racist Who Likes Death

On Monday, George Yancy, a black professor of philosophy at Emory University, wrote a lengthy piece in The New York Times detailing the awful death threats he has received from white racists. I can sympathize — throughout 2016, I received my fair share of death threats. But Yancy sees those ...

Hashtag This

April brings attention and awareness to the prevention of Child Abuse. Local Early Childhood Areas and Child Abuse Prevention Boards are promoting #GreatChildhoods. There are so many experiences, interactions, learning opportunities, and people that go into developing #GreatChildhoods, but ...

Comey’s Pocket Stuffers in the Press

The definition of “news” is very elastic these days. Another word we could use is “publicity.” When former FBI Director James Comey’s publisher, MacMillan, boasts that it will kill enough trees to print 850,000 copies — when a decent fraction of sales is in e-books and audiobooks ...

Is ‘Old-fashioned’ returning?

“It’s a modern changing world. Everything is moving fast. But when it comes to love I like What they did in the past.” — The Everly Brothers, 1962 Call me old-fashioned — and I’ve been called worse — but do I sense the possible end to the sexual revolution, which exploded in ...

Human Capital Systems in Education

When I started my career in Human Resources and Employment Relations I imagined that once I had a few years of experience in the field I would join a large global organization in a large city. In 2012, I left private industry and joined the HR team at the Cedar Rapids Community School District ...

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s stated reason for leaving office after this year’s election sure is getting a lot of traction. “If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” he said. “I just can’t let that happen. So I will be setting new ...

‘Excuses for Donald Trump’

“We kind of gave him — ‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump’s alleged tryst with a porn star “He’s new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning ...

Paul Ryan Departs

I spent the better part of this week in Washington, DC, including Wednesday, the day Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election. It has been expected. He has not been happy for a while. Let me make one point that too few reporters have made about Paul Ryan. The Speaker of the House is ...

Expenses, not income

Dear Dave, I bring home $4,100 a month in military disability pay and Social Security combined. My wife brings home an additional $2,000 each month. Should we base our emergency fund level on her income only, since mine is guaranteed? — Lewis Dear Lewis, Your emergency fund ...

Is Trump Standing Down in Syria?

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing ...

Republicans and Patriotism

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

Facebook Clearly Won’t Fix Itself

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.” Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

Let’s elevate the conversation

In recent weeks, a couple of friends have come under fire for either sharing their thoughts and/or taking a stance. I use the word “friends,” because not only are they friends of mine, they are true friends to the Marshalltown community. Both Mike Tupper and David Barajas are leaders in ...

Jim Wares: Two Peas in a Pod

I learned that in our state, shoplifting, stealing property of a value not exceeding $200 can get you 30 days in jail and a $650 fine. If the stolen property happens to be valued at $10,000 plus 1 cent or more, jail time of up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine is on the table. I learned that the ...

Kelly Van De Walle: I will run you over …

Ioften take a break from spreading my traditional educational messages in this space and turn it over to those people that we all know quite well. This week from the files of People You Love to Hate I have the pleasure to introduce That Guy That Gets Up And Tries To Get Off The Plane The Moment ...