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When economic/community developers review significant factors that are considered by companies and site selectors when making expansion and development decisions; the two factors that always rise to the top of the list are Education and Healthcare. Companies and site selectors want to know that ...

Legislative session ends

Democrats opened the 2017 Iowa Legislature ready to work together with the Republican-led majority to make progress for all Iowans again. But Republicans chose a different path this session. And Iowans noticed. Instead of working with us, Republicans chose to pursue a divisive, special ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned I was about five years old when I was first exposed to misinformation, fake news, intelligence leaking and the like. It was my mother’s doing. She fed me the story that there was an angel hovering over me and that this angel told her everything I did. In 1962, along with my sisters, ...

Just love each other

Editor’s note: This column was originally published July 9, 2016 following the deaths of five Dallas police officers. In honor of the slain sheriff’s deputy from Pottawattamie County, we respectfully submit this column for our local law enforcement personnel, their families and our ...

Ann Coulter was right

Look, I’m the guy who once called her a “viperous harridan,” OK? That was 11 years ago in this space. I described her as such after she savaged four widows whose husbands died in the Sept. 11 attacks, denouncing them as “witches” and “broads” who were “enjoying their ...

Don’t compromise your emergency fund

Dear Dave, My wife and I are debt-free, and we’re ready to start building our first home. We’re a little short on cash to make the 20 percent down payment you recommend, but we do have a fully funded emergency fund in place. Would it be okay to take a little out of our emergency fund to ...

The President Needs to Focus

Donald Trump wants to have it both ways: He has had the most successful first 100 days as president in the history of the republic (or at least since FDR, depending on which day he makes the claim); or the 100-day standard is more media-concocted fake news, and we shouldn’t even be looking at ...

Missing Kate O’Beirne

My adopted hometown of Washington has been accused, not always unfairly, of being a city full of scheming climbers who are frantically courting the company and the favor of the powerful. In this and so many respects, Kate O’Beirne — the conservative leader and writer who died too soon, at ...

Try these recipes in May

Hard to believe that Monday is May 1. The weather has been iffy — some days warm enough to open the windows, and other days to dig out the snow shovels. Frozen Fruit Salad 1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen strawberries, thawed 1 can chunk pineapple, drained 2 Tbsp. pineapple juice 2 Tbsp. salad ...

The Rise of the Generals

Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals? So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS. He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars ...

Democracy and citizen involvement

We’re only a few months past the contentious 2016 presidential election and for many of us, we are still weary from a long, drawn-out campaign that continues to divide this country. However, this fall, voters will again be asked to make a decision in governance. And this time, the decisions ...

Debunking the patently bunk

A few months ago the Associated Press changed their website. You, my dear readers, probably wouldn’t notice since the AP site is what they call “business facing,” as in, it’s only seen by other journalists, editors, and people such as myself. The new site works (mostly) well ... and ...

Reading this qualifies you for a SPECIAL OFFER

Things must’ve been so much more difficult in the 1920s when the world was in black & white. Whenever a company wants to show how difficult something is compared to their new SUPER AWESOME product, they always show it in black & white. Black-and-white people are some of the world’s ...

Wintry weather threatens corn, wheat

Much of the Corn and Wheat Belts received a blast of heavy rains or even snow this week, leaving planting equipment idle in the shed. The unusually wet weather makes fields too muddy to enter and could drown corn seeds even if the fields could get planted. Meanwhile, the winter wheat crop is ...

Activist finds left’s silence on genital mutilation case dismaying

Imagine what the American left would do if conservative Republican Christians engaged in a barbaric practice to mutilate girls, to kill off their sexual desire while leaving them fertile when they come of age. American feminists and their allies of the left would be outraged. Op-ed writers ...

Can we think our way past robots?

Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working class loses its health coverage. Oh, he’s dropped that? Well, it made for a lively 24 hours. Bubbling beneath today’s comic-book politics are threats to ...

Pillow problems?

Dear Readers: How old are the PILLOWS on your bed? If you don’t know, or if they are feeling rather “down” (yes, very bad pun indeed!), it’s time for a pillow check. A comfortable pillow is imperative for a good night’s sleep, so check out your pillows tonight. The Better Sleep ...

Will France elect a Gallic Barack Obama?

WASHINGTON — The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So, on May 7 they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama, a freshman senator, became a ...

Trump’s way of deal-making doesn’t translate to governing

WASHINGTON — As the United States faces the possibility of a government shutdown at month’s end, President Trump is learning the hard way the difference between demanding what he wants as a business tycoon and getting it as the chief executive in an electoral democracy of three separate and ...

Are we really living in Trump’s America?

For the past few months, whenever someone on the left says something particularly insane, conservatives immediately snark back, “This is why Trump won.” To a certain extent, they’re right: The palpable anger on the radicalized left that helped govern America into political polarization ...