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Resources to encourage your students in STEM

STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education is important because it spreads through almost every part of our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they may develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in ...

Time Magazine Gets It Right: We’ve Changed

It’s that sleeved elbow in the Time cover photo — the one attached to an unidentified woman sitting to the right — that magnifies the message. Five elegant women — actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu and Mexican ...

Real Target of Republican Tax Bills: Feds, Eds and Meds Bloat

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on “feds, eds and meds”? That’s a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have ...

Back in the saddle

Quadricep tendon rupture. That is the medical term for the damage done to my right knee after a fall in our yard Nov. 22. My quadriceps muscle — the large muscle above the knee — was separated from my knee as a result. For a few minutes I was crumpled in a heap ... it was extremely ...

Moral Values and Customs vs. Laws

I’m approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I’m from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth — namely, the temptation to think that today’s behavioral standards have ...

The Education of James Goldston

James Goldston is not, nor should he be, a household name. He is the President of ABC News and he is in the midst of a great education on why Americans distrust the American media so much. In the words of Oliver Darcy and Brian Stelter at CNN, Goldston “excoriated staff Monday over Brian ...

Why Are Republicans in Bed With Anti-Population Groups?

A government shutdown has been temporarily averted this week with the passage of a two-week spending bill, but one group that may be left out in the cold when Congress takes up the spending bill again Dec. 22 is DACA recipients. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program gave young ...

Stay intense!

Dear Dave, I just accepted a new job that will pay me $30,000 a year more than my old position. I’ve got about $55,000 in debt I’ve been working hard to pay off, and I know now I need to adjust my budget. Do you have any advice? — Mitch Dear Mitch, The first thing I’d say is ...

The Nutball the Neocons Wanted in NATO

Even interventionists are regretting some of the wars into which they helped plunge the United States in this century. Among those wars are Afghanistan and Iraq, the longest in our history; Libya, which was left without a stable government; Syria’s civil war, a six-year human rights ...

Francisco Franco and the 2018 Republicans

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation’s long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his ...

Deep State Sank Sanders and Handed Us Trump

Democrats are their own worst enemy. Instead of protecting the fundamental integrity of our democracy by allowing Bernie Sanders and the grass roots a fair shot at challenging establishment pick Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, they engaged in dirty dealings at both the ...

Random thoughts

This past Monday, two teams battled in it out on the basketball court, and while only one team could “win” the game, the real victory that night was how two teams came together during the most difficult of times. In T-R Assistant Sports Editor Thorn Compton’s article this past week, he ...

It’s really a matter of principle

Ilearned I am a man of principles. I also learned this doesn't mean diddly squat. Principles can make one virtuous and righteous or virtueless and self-righteous. Hospitals have been built, wells have been dug and starving people fed by people of principles. Genocides have been committed, ...

The origin of the Super ‘Stache

I’ve never known my father without a mustache, leaving me to believe he was born with it. I’ve never tried growing one myself, mostly because if I do I’m pretty sure I’m obligated to work at a Whole Foods or Blockbuster. The subject of mustaches has grown (mustache pun!) recently ...

Future Files

Cattle drive lower Beef prices ground to a new low this week as investors bailed out of the cattle market. Last month, buyers had been making bets on rising prices on hopes of rising demand, but they have largely been disappointed by large supplies and falling prices, which have lost almost ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

Next Wednesday on Dec. 13 my Scandinavian neighbors, as is their annual custom, will celebrate Santa Lucia Day. Was Santa Lucia a real person? Ever since the mid 18th century the Feast of Santa Lucia has been celebrated all over Sweden and Norway on Dec. 13. Yet, no one knows for sure why this ...

Taste of Central Iowa

If you’re having overnight guests during the holidays, the Blueberry Cheese Rolls will be a nice treat. And can you really have too many cookies and candies during the holidays? Blueberry Cheese Rolls 1 pkg. (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened 2 ...

Be cautious with a pet gift

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about gifting an animal for Christmas. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Please advise your readers to think twice about giving an animal, such as a dog or cat, as a Christmas gift. A pet should be given ONLY if the recipient has requested a ...

Fiscal Responsibility or Lower Taxes?

This week, Republicans in the Senate finally passed their long-awaited tax reform plan. It lowers individual income tax rates across the board, although it does claw back some government revenue in the form of elimination of state and local tax deductions. It drops corporate tax rates as well. ...

The Republicans’ tax wager is worth the gamble

The Republicans’ tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation’s shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze alumni of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, which were ...