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Dear Washington Post: Get Over Yourself

June 16, 2016 The Washington Post defined the old term “high dudgeon” when Donald Trump took away its press credentials for being “phony and dishonest. more »»

Hillary Clinton: The most qualified?

June 16, 2016 “Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.” — Frank Sinatra, as Maj. Bennett Marco. “His brain has not only been washed, as they say .. more »»

Let the games begin

June 14, 2016 The three major political parties have their candidates now for the general election. The ad war is starting in earnest. more »»

Fix culture that makes a Brock Turner possible

June 14, 2016 This is a column about the value of six. Actually, it’s about three individual sixes and their respective values. more »»

Errors in exit polls suggest more election surprises ahead

June 14, 2016 Are the exit polls, on which just about every elections analyst has relied, wrong? That’s a question raised by New York Times Upshot writer Nate Cohn — a question whose answers have serious... more »»

Our milestone moment

June 14, 2016 On Tuesday night, after Hillary Clinton had delivered her first speech as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, it didn’t take long for some of us expressing our joy over this historic... more »»

The remarkable Gordie Howe

June 14, 2016 Two singular athletes died in the past few days: Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe. Justifiably renowned, Ali and Howe dominated their sports. more »»

Display a kind spirit

June 13, 2016 Dear Dave, My mom and dad filed bankruptcy recently and are on a fixed income of $2,200 a month. They gave up their house, and my wife and I helped them find an apartment. more »»

Why Trump must not apologize

June 13, 2016 “Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.” Donald Trump has internalized the maxim Benjamin Jowett gave to his students at Balliol who would soon be running the empire. more »»

History is watching

June 13, 2016 On Nov. 30, 1967, I stood in the caucus room of what is now called the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill and heard Sen. more »»

Explore our history and culture this summer

June 13, 2016 Iowans and out-of-state visitors looking for interesting things to do this summer have lots of choices. more »»

Snapshots of community spirit

June 12, 2016 Last year I remarked that driving along downtown Main Street in downtown Marshalltown, what a beautiful sight it was to see the hanging flower baskets and the carefully crafted plants located at... more »»

Bartlets, Underwoods and Meyers

June 12, 2016 A process story is a term used by journalists to describe a story that focuses on the mechanics of policymaking or campaigning, rather than what the policy is or what the campaign says. more »»

To my wife, whatchu lookin’ at?

June 12, 2016 An open letter to my wife after she ALLEGEDLY saw me looking at a discarded Victoria’s Secret gift card sitting on the counter, which I totally wasn’t. more »»

Florida’s OJ not so sunny

June 11, 2016 Orange juice futures hit a four-year high after Tropical Storm Colin tore across Florid. more »»

Is personal responsibility obsolete?

June 11, 2016 Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity o... more »»

Sanders should stop scheming

June 11, 2016 “Drop your plans and schemes,” Thomas Cromwell advises doomed Queen Anne Boleyn in “Wolf Hall.” “Put down the burden of them.” Bernie Sanders could use similar counsel. more »»

Tag — rings are it!

June 10, 2016 Dear Heloise: Airport baggage handlers have an amazing talent for ripping off ZIPPER PULLS from one’s luggage. I take old key rings and replace the zipper pull with a ring. more »»

The price Paul Ryan has paid

June 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan’s degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. more »»



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