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An open letter to the mole(s) in my yard

August 24, 2014 Dear jerk(s), What. The. Heck. After having some piping replaced it has taken me nearly 16 months for my yard to look like it wasn’t just bombarded by German mortars. more »»

U.S. steps up attacks against Islamic extremists

August 24, 2014 Terrorists in the Middle East claimed another victi. more »»

Letting go in August

August 24, 2014 Classes resumed this week in Marshalltown and around central Iowa. more »»

Things to do with fresh produce

August 24, 2014 Following are some recipes for fresh produce: Cream Style Fresh Corn 3 c. fresh corn 1 Tbls. flour 2 Tbls. margarine 2 Tbls. bacon drippings 1/2 c. water 1/2 c. milk 1 ts. more »»

When the ship is sinking, get everyone in the lifeboat

August 23, 2014 Dear Mary: My wife and I made a terrible mistake and bought a house that I don't think we can afford. more »»

The media and the mob

August 23, 2014 Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minorit. more »»

Is Ferguson a social media victim?

August 23, 2014 Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears? We've seen predominantly... more »»

Ferguson exposes the creeping militarization of police forces

August 23, 2014 The tragedies unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, are doubly infuriating. more »»

Fed up with cupcake cops

August 22, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. more »»

Even Obama seems trapped by racial divide

August 22, 2014 Some of President Barack Obama's supporters sound notably disappointed by his third speech on the Ferguson, Missouri, crisis. Too timid, they say. Here are some representative tweets. more »»

The great racial disconnect on police

August 22, 2014 On Monday, Rasmussen released a poll of Americans regarding the guilt or innocence of Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot unarmed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown six times in... more »»

Is your child being bullied? Or are they the bully?

August 21, 2014 According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at least 10 percent of kids are bullied regularly, and approximately 50 percent are the target of bullying at some point during... more »»

The media's Sharpton agenda in Ferguson

August 21, 2014 The late media critic Edwin Diamond once notably quipped that to the American news media, "10,000 deaths in Nepal equals 100 deaths in Wales equals 10 deaths in West Virginia equals one death next... more »»

As Mississippi moves on, a new struggle arises

August 21, 2014 Fifty years ago, shortly after the Ku Klux Klan abducted and murdered civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, I was sitting in one of Starkville, Mississippi’s few... more »»

Hillary Clinton not campaigning much for her party in 2014

August 20, 2014 Just about everyone noticed Hillary Clinton's scathing comments on President Obama's foreign policy in her interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. more »»

Our gayest summer ever

August 20, 2014 Ten years after Ohio voters passed one of the worst anti-gay laws in the country, a downtown arena in Cleveland welcomed 10,000 athletes, fans and corporate sponsors to kick off the weeklong 2014 Ga... more »»

Children antsy for baby No. 3

August 19, 2014 “When is baby going to come out?” We hear this all the time from our 2-year-old in our household as we expect baby No. 3 later this winter. more »»

Tell the mob to dig their own grave

August 17, 2014 Why would anyone dig their own grave if the mob is about to kill you? We all know the trope; after welching on a bet/hitting on a mobster’s wife/not laughing at the Godfather’s joke, you get a bag... more »»

Mysterious wounds baffle family

August 17, 2014 VAN DE WALLE HOUSEHOLD — Well, it’s happened again. more »»

Turn the lights out on Veishea

August 17, 2014 Last week’s decision by Iowa State University President Steven Leath to end Veishea was the right call. more »»



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