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The best inexpensive gadgets and gear for a do-it-yourself garden

May 3, 2016 There’s nothing like a series of sunny days to wake up my inner gardener. And apparently, I’m not the only one who has this reaction, as evidenced by my inbox these past few week. more »»

Condos are fine, but do you research

May 2, 2016 Dear Dave, I know when it comes to investing you like mutual funds and paid-for real estate. more »»

No pander bear

May 2, 2016 At the tricky art of pandering — a candidate’s seeking the support of a specific group of voters by telling them what the candidate calculates that group wants to hear — nobody in 2016 has been more... more »»

At last, America first!

May 2, 2016 Whether the establishment likes it or not, and it evidently does not, there is a revolution going on in America. more »»

How Trump turned Cruz into the establishment candidate

May 2, 2016 Donald Trump’s landslide victory in the New York GOP primary was a game-changer. more »»

The Institute for Justice was founded by Stalin

May 1, 2016 I’m going to start a business: MarshallTours, offering historic walking tours of the greater Marshalltown area for tourists and history buffs alike who want to learn some intriguing MarshallFacts. more »»

Pancakes galore

May 1, 2016 Today seems like a good day to make pancakes – breakfast, lunch or dinner. Blueberry Pancakes 1 c. flour 1 Tbls. sugar 1 Tbls. baking soda 1 Tbls. baking powder dash of salt 1 egg 1 c. more »»

Preparing for bed is exhausting

May 1, 2016 Watching a woman get ready for bed is like entering a movie halfway through: you know something is going on – something potentially important – but you don’t want to ask, even though for the life of... more »»

Slow economy makes metals move fast

April 30, 2016 Prices were boosted by weak economic news in the United States this week and an update confirming that the Federal Reserve was keeping interest rates low. The U.S. economy grew by only 0. more »»

Conservatives for Trump?

April 30, 2016 The sudden appearance of Donald Trump on the political horizon last year may have been surprising, but not nearly as surprising as seeing some conservatives supporting him. more »»

Puerto Rican bonds and the small investor

April 30, 2016 The TV ads flash the noble faces of American retirees and urge Washington to help protect their savings. The back story is kept rather vague. more »»

What happens in Puerto Rico won’t stay there

April 29, 2016 Immigrant goes to America, Many hellos in America; Nobody knows in America Puerto Rico’s in America! — “West Side Story” WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America’s 1898... more »»

Presidential frontrunners close in

April 29, 2016 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s sweep of five Northeastern primaries and Hillary Clinton’s victories in four of the five have moved the 2016 presidential election process to the brink of decision in bot... more »»

What is Democratic?

April 29, 2016 Having devoured the meanings of the words “establishment” and “conservative” with some fava beans and a nice chianti, Donald Trump has spent the last several weeks cannibalizing yet another word tha... more »»

Night light shines on the road

April 29, 2016 Dear Heloise: When I travel, bringing along my NIGHT LIGHT is a must. Mine comes on when the lights go off or it gets dark in the room. more »»

The positive effects of single parenting

April 28, 2016 In today’s world, the national media likes to emphasize the negative effects of single parenting on kids, from economic hardships to abandonment-related trust issues. more »»

Using teletherapy to support students with speech concerns

April 27, 2016 For a moment, think back to a time before computers, cell phones, tablets, video games and other technolog. more »»

Ethnicity still matters in the politics of 2016

April 27, 2016 Ethnicity still matters. That’s one lesson I draw from the results so far of this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses. more »»

Same misogyny, different season

April 27, 2016 Hillary Clinton’s ascendancy in the race for president has provided an opportunity for the rest of us women to step back and assess our standing in America. more »»

Readers want the best inexpensive appliances

April 26, 2016 DEAR MARY: What is the best refrigerator brand overall? We are ready to purchase a French-door style refrigerator with water and ice compartments in the door. Thank yo. more »»



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