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The progression of the man-cold

Unlike the common cold, the Man Cold can be tricky to overcome. I weakened my immune system to see how I would fare. Unfortunately not all men can be as tough about the whole thing as me. I kept a journal, as a Tough Man would. Day 1: Coming down with cold. I blame our children who I’ve ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Holiday cookie ideas It’s time to start baking cookies for the holidays. To get in the mood, I have two easy recipes using cake mixes. The bar recipe is a little more work and lots more sugar. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies 2 eggs 2/3 c. vegetable shortening 1 pkg. strawberry cake ...

RSV-peeved!

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about not sending back an RSVP for seated events. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I recently had a wedding, for which we sent out the invitations four weeks ahead of the event, along with RSVP cards. Sixty-four people said they were coming, but 88 showed ...

Bill Clinton Won After All

Two weeks ago, it seemed that former President Bill Clinton was finished as a public figure. A variety of public intellectuals on the left had consigned him to the ashtray of history; they’d attested to their newfound faith in his rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick or torn him to shreds for ...

The gathering clouds over Trump

As President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, a world of potential woe awaits him. Political chaos continues in Washington, exacerbated by a round of accusations against various political figures for harassing or sexually assaulting women, a moral crisis in which Trump ...

Future Files

Washington woes weigh on stocks After reaching all-time highs on Thursday, stock market futures plunged on Friday morning on fears of problems in Washington, D.C. On Thursday night, the Republican tax overhaul plan was put into limbo as projections for higher budget deficits and wavering ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

What do you think is the greatest problem Christians face at Christmastime? Some weeks ago I might have answered this question differently, but recently I sent an email to my son, who is employed by the Lee County schools in Florida, about some New York Yankee Christmas ornaments I had. Now I ...

Holiday Shopping … with the KIDS!

Ready or not, the Christmas season is definitely upon us. Children are busy building their wish lists, while parents are busy strategizing their gift giving. As parents, we may really want to shop with no children at our side...but let’s face it, we don’t always have that option. Here are ...

The return of virtue

Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of ...

Tolerance for Elizabeth Warren’s Fake News

The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of “fake news.” But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat. ...

Promoting a Lack of Freedom

Will Barbies in burqas be next? That’s the question every parent, especially mothers, should be asking now that Mattel has rolled out a new Barbie for little girls to look up to — one wearing a hijab, the headscarf worn by millions of oppressed Muslim women worldwide. Why would an ...

The value of concurrent enrollment in high school

A research article was published in September by the Community College Research Center looking at the long-term results of concurrent enrollment across the country. The study showed that of the students who have the experience of taking college classes in high school, 51 percent (Iowa students) ...

‘Tis Never the Season for Revenge Parenting

Ever have one of those moments when you hear a song and it sums up exactly how you’re feeling? It’s as if someone, somewhere out there, heard the call of your heart and set it to music. Maybe for just a second or two, you think, “Yes, that, exactly that.” And then you remind yourself ...

Merkel — and Davos — Rebuked in Germany

It’s been a tough era for Davos Man, the personification of the great and the good who meet in the World Economic Forum in that Swiss ski resort every January. The rebukes just keep coming. The European debt crisis. Brexit. Donald Trump. And now, and once again unexpectedly, Angela Merkel’s ...

What does it mean to be a man?

So I guess you can take men off the endangered species list. It wasn’t that long ago we were hearing that men were in trouble. It was said that our manly maleness was under siege from a culture of runaway political correctness hellbent on snipping off our masculine accoutrements and turning ...

We Live in Roman Times

For about a year I have been sharing with people an idea I have had for a television program. My pitch is rather simple, if not completely focused. News programming is ignoring the parent with traditional values who is more concerned about raising their children in an insane world than what ...

It’s a dream, not a plan

Dear Dave, I’ve been trying to save cash to buy a home, but things always seem to come up that eat away at my savings. I have $130,000 set aside, plus an emergency fund, and I make $120,000 a year. I’m debt-free and renting right now, but eventually I’d like to buy a house in the ...

The US-Saudi Starvation Blockade

Our aim is to “starve the whole population — men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound — into submission,” said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced as inhumane this ...

‘Punching Up’ Is American; ‘Punching Down’ Is Not

Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that ‘’punches up’’ rather than ‘’punches down.’’ To ‘’punch up’’ means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. ‘’Punching ...

Diffused responsibility or diluted courage?

I learned there is this story, a story we have all heard at one time or another, about a man lying alongside a road, robbed, severely wounded and in need of help. But those who pass by this dying man do nothing to help…except one…the perceived enemy of the wounded man. The most sad thing ...