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On plucking nose hairs

One of my older sisters once dated a much older guy who had not yet come to terms with growing up. I remember nothing about him — except his nose hair. He was the Rapunzel of nose hair. I do believe you could have climbed it straight into his brain. I was never sure if I should suggest to him ...

If Trump wanted to enforce immigration, he’d open the government

We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still. Why is the wall a dumb idea? It would be expensive. It’d be unsightly. It’d be environmentally destructive. More to this point, it’d be ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, What images come to mind when you think of a natural food? An apple freshly picked from a tree? A loaf of bread fresh out of the oven? Fresh green beans right out of the garden? Some food manufacturers are finding themselves in hot water for labeling their foods as natural when ...

Trump & The Post: Whose side is Mitt on?

If there is a more anti-Trump organ in the American establishment than The Washington Post, it does not readily come to mind. Hence, in choosing to send his op-ed attack on President Donald Trump to the Post, Mitt Romney was collaborating with an adversary of his party and his president. ...

The Massachusetts Curse

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first 2020 Democratic White House challenger to announce her “exploratory committee,” a legal device that allows candidates to receive donations and to hire staff in preparation for a full-fledged presidential candidacy. Make no mistake; ...

Hope springs eternal with Iowa’s 88th General Assembly

Iowa’s 87th general assembly (2017-2018) was a mind-boggling head-spinner. Two examples: 1) we saw a $1.058 billion negative budgetary turnaround yet legislators handed out $611 million as corporate tax breaks and 2) legislators continued to underfund K-12 public schools while trying to ...

Beef Hash and Green Bean Casserole

Today I have some easy casserole (better known as “hot dish” in Minnesota) recipes. After all the holiday cooking and eating, I’m ready for some easy comfort food meals. Beef Hash and Green Bean Casserole 2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen green beans 15 oz. can corned beef hash 10 oz. can ...

Does Trump care he’s president?

The office of the presidency is known for wearing down the mere mortals who hold it. At the very least, it prematurely ages its occupants. Often, it humiliates them, forcing them to rehabilitate their reputations later (George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter). In the worst case, it chews them up ...

Dogs have their day in our politicized society

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It’s a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going up ...

Loneliness isn’t unique to the holidays — it’s an all-season companion

I often complain — rather gratuitously, I now realize — that I don’t have a moment to myself. Responsibilities and relationships tug at my time, and hardly a day goes by without someone calling or knocking on my door unexpectedly. How did I get so lucky? I’m not being sarcastic ...

New year, new hope

It’s the start of a new year, a time many people use to start a new habit or project or reach for a professional goal. This week also marks the swearing in of the newly elected members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. There will be much pomp and circumstance as the House ...

Resolutions I will definitely commit to this year

There are so many things I neglected to do in 2018 — however, I’m confident with the right resolutions this time around 2019 will finally be the Year of Kelly. This year I promise to do every single one of these to make myself a better person. Unless I get busy or forget about them or ...

Life is new at 72

Wondering what to do with yourself after retirement? Talk to Larry McKim of Ottumwa. He’s 72 years young, recently bought a bar for the first time in his life, although he doesn’t drink, and, oh, yes, he’s had cancer three times (actually four), triple bypass surgery and 36 broken ...

Chinese pain, U.S. gain?`

China’s economy is showing signs of trouble, eliciting mixed reactions from Americans. Typically, Chinese economic woes are a bad sign for U.S. companies, as China is a major buyer of U.S. goods like airplanes, cars, electronics, medical supplies and agricultural products. However, ...

The 10 worst things Trump did in 2018

In his second year in office, President Trump did many positive things, and on Monday, I offered my list of the 10 best things Trump did in 2018. But he also did a lot of bad things that ranged from cringeworthy to catastrophic. Here are the 10 worst: 10. His comment about “sh--hole” ...

The Triumph of Tyler Trent

The Indianapolis Star (and many other national publications) ran a touching obituary for Tyler Trent, a 20-year-old Purdue University student and devoted Boilermaker football fan who lost his battle with bone cancer on Tuesday. Tyler grew up in Carmel, Indiana, and had dreams of attending ...

Are we brave enough for the new world of reproduction?

A new medical device may change almost everything we think about making babies. It may also sweep away the current controversy over abortion while creating new ethical dilemmas. We speak of the artificial womb. Also called a biobag, an artificial womb is a big plastic sack filled with ...

New Congress brings historic leadership roles for Iowa’s senators

The beginning of a new Congress is an exciting time. There are new faces and fresh opportunities to solve problems on behalf of constituents. The opening of the 116th Congress is particularly exciting for Iowans because it’s the first time in our state’s history that both Iowa senators will ...

2019: The year of the Wokescolds

2018 was a chaotic year. It was a chaotic year for the markets, for domestic and international politics, and for social mores. 2019 promises more of the same, if the end of the prior year was any indicator. And it promises something else: the continued rise of the Wokescolds. Wokescolds are ...

Trump’s Christmas present to the Democrats

On Christmas morning President Trump gave the Democrats a major political gift by declaring the federal government is “not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they’d like to call it” on the southern border. The flat statement reinforced the opposition party’s ...