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Moving along in the Legislature

March 19, 2015 This week we began debating bills on the House Floor in earnest. On Tuesday we debated and passed over 20 bills. more »»

Marshalltown schools — A leader in competency-based education

March 18, 2015 How do many of us remember school? We remember being in classrooms, sitting in rows and progressing from one grade level to the next or one course to the next based on our age and how many courses w... more »»

Obama-Iran deal may not last

March 18, 2015 In her brief press conference at the United Nations, Hillary Clinton led off with a denunciation of the letter to Iranian leaders signed by 47 of the 54 Republican senators. more »»

A brighter legacy of Selma

March 18, 2015 The morning after President Barack Obama delivered his soaring speech in Selma, former Gov. more »»

Who else wants to slash their phone bill?

March 17, 2015 I just read about a woman in Philadelphia who decided to go over her parents’ phone bill only to discover they were paying $21 a month for three leased telephones — one of which they’d tossed out... more »»

Like and dislike in these polarizing times

March 17, 2015 This is for Gigi, who can’t figure out why I don’t like Bill Maher. more »»

Tom Cotton: the most powerful man in Washington

March 17, 2015 Tom Cotton (R-AR) is the junior senator from Arkansas. In fact, Cotton has only been in the Senate for two months. more »»

The problem with being impulsive

March 16, 2015 Dear Dave, I have a problem with impulse spending. I switched to a debit card so that the money comes straight out of my checking account, but I still buy things I know I shouldn’t. more »»

Does Iran really want a bomb?

March 16, 2015 America, we have a problem. In the blood-soaked chaotic Middle East, with few exceptions like the Kurds, our friends either can’t or won’t fight. The Free Syrian Army folded. The U.S. more »»

Wanted: An emotionally secure leader

March 16, 2015 The late Rep. more »»

A few random thoughts

March 15, 2015 If you’ve ever met state Rep. Mark Smith, you probably already know he’s a fairly level-headed, quiet, easy-going gu. more »»

Car shopping can be exhausting

March 15, 2015 Not long ago my wife decided she needed a new car because transportation is more important than buying food. One of her major reasons was that her current vehicle was “making annoying sound. more »»

Bird flu cripples U.S. exports

March 14, 2015 A fresh outbreak of H5N2 avian flu is hitting poultry producers in Missouri and Arkansas, sending shockwaves through the industry. more »»

The ‘disparate impact’ racket

March 14, 2015 The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. more »»

Cohabiting ... with children

March 14, 2015 I know a woman. Works like a dog. She’s a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She’s also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon. more »»

Bi-partisan Senate supports access to mental health services

March 14, 2015 The state of Iowa needs to do more — not less — to ensure that all Iowans have access to mental health services. more »»

Sleeping on memories

March 13, 2015 Dear Heloise: My daughter saved my grandson’s T-SHIRTS from the sports teams he belonged to. When I had enough, I cut a big square out of the front and back, and sewed them together to make a pillo. more »»

The Export-Import Bank’s grip

March 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — Conservatives’ next disappointment will at least be a validation. more »»

50 years after Selma

March 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — Every once in a while, a historic event occurs that eloquently meets the needs of a contemporary national trial. more »»



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