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Seven years down to last week

November 25, 2014 Everybody says “it’s bittersweet” when they leave somewhere and I know it’s cliché, but I’d say the same thing about this week. more »»

Protecting her from herself

November 24, 2014 Dear Dave, My mother-in-law is in poor health and doesn’t have a lot of mone. more »»

Why can’t homes just improve themselves?

November 23, 2014 I hate home improvement projects. Or home sustaining projects. Or anything that requires tools more advanced than a flashlight. more »»

Sweet potato wedges, string beans and lemon pie, oh my!

November 23, 2014 Some last minute recipes for the day that reminds us to be thankful. You can roast either sweet potatoes or regular potatoes using the following recipe. more »»

Viral content, as told by The New Yorker

November 23, 2014 I don’t care how long the owner hasn’t seen the dog, and I really don’t care to SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!! Am I a cruel man? No, not in the slightest ... Ok, maybe a little. more »»

Drivers warm to cheap gasoline

November 22, 2014 As motorists fuel up for their annual trip to grandmother’s house, they’re likely to be thankful for the cheapest gas in more than four years. With gasoline futures trading near $2. more »»

A Legacy of Liberalism

November 22, 2014 Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were “phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking. more »»

The Democrats’ chronic depression

November 22, 2014 “Smiles at the gas pump,” my local headline reads. The price of gasoline has fallen below $3 a gallon. When the national average rose last year to $3.51, Re. more »»

The first casualty of war

November 22, 2014 Reflecting on World War I, California Senator Hiram Johnson famously said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth. more »»

Old coins have a sticky problem

November 21, 2014 Dear Heloise: We found a box of very old (1892-1930) U.S. SILVER COINS that my father collected. Unfortunately, he wrapped and labeled each small group in masking or drafting tap. more »»

Using a bludgeon in Wisconsin

November 21, 2014 MILWAUKEE — It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking... more »»

Obama must secure authorization for force in Middle East

November 21, 2014 WASHINGTON — Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he’s fighting... more »»

Be cautious about revealing too much of your youth to kids

November 20, 2014 Q: How much do my children need to know about my past? Is there any reason to be completely open with them about the moral failings of my youth? Jim: This is a common, but important, question. more »»

Enabling the delusional Dems

November 20, 2014 After the 2012 campaign, liberal journalists swarmed around Republican Party chair Reince Priebus offering what was called an "autopsy" on every way Republicans failed, with a special emphasis on... more »»

The Pentagon’s fiscal forecast: Slushy

November 20, 2014 The Department of Defense is requesting a base budget of nearly half a trillion dollars for the coming year. That may sound like a lot of money. more »»

Public notices important for an open, transparent government

November 20, 2014 The Fourth Estate is the name most commonly associated with the press and newspapers specifically. more »»

Jean Seberg: Marshalltown’s movie star

November 19, 2014 The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is offering an opportunity to learn more about one of Marshalltown’s best-known natives! Born in 1938, Jean Seberg was the daughter of Dorothy and Edward Seberg, and... more »»

Where the polls were wrong

November 19, 2014 Were the polls wrong? It’s a question asked after every election. more »»

Trolling for hollers

November 19, 2014 For last week’s postelection column, I described a piece of artwork that hangs in my home. more »»

My time in the DMV

November 18, 2014 Spending time at the Department of Motor Vehicles is akin to most people as getting some dental work done — it’s just something you’ve got to d. more »»


Morning Optimists of Marshalltown November 25, 2014

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