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The smallness of being in economy class

August 30, 2014 Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything. more »»

Perry hams it up

August 30, 2014 Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. He’s a real ham — only not as smart. more »»

Letters from my readers

August 30, 2014 Dear Mary: I wanted to tell you the secret of sticking to a budget on our family vacation -- something we've had a hard time achieving in the past. more »»

Navy with a mission in mind

August 29, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. more »»

Obama needs no more 'red lines'

August 29, 2014 WASHINGTON -- President Obama, in his determination to get American foreign policy off what he has called "a perpetual war footing," must take care now not to box himself in with any more comments... more »»

Those who go unsung

August 29, 2014 The vast majority of Americans have never met Phil Weinberg. But that isn't because he's unimportant. It's because he is important. more »»

Help for houseplants

August 29, 2014 Dear Readers: HOUSEPLANTS help make your home inviting while adding color with something green, which can be calming. more »»

Obama spurns the 'optics' police

August 28, 2014 In some prominent corners of the liberal media, the grousing has begun about President Obama's habit of hitting the golf course during crises without any concern for looking cavalier. more »»

Let’s give workers something to cheer about

August 28, 2014 Labor Day is supposed to be a celebration of workers, but it’s been a long time since workers have been celebrated — or for that matter, have had a reason to celebrate. more »»

Healthy boundaries are important with opposite-sex friends

August 28, 2014 Q: Is it OK for married persons to have friends of the opposite sex? While my husband was away on a weeklong trip, I had a male friend from work come over to help me care for our 18-month-old... more »»

A decent lawyer should tell liberals they're fools and ought to stop

August 27, 2014 "About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop. more »»

Ferguson: A failure of empathy

August 27, 2014 Earlier this week, I arrived for a scheduled visit with a medical professional and left reeling over just how divided we remain in this country about rac. more »»

Mispronouncing words is dangerous

August 26, 2014 Every day in public is a bit like walking on egg shells with a 2-year-old who is getting more vocal by the day. more »»

Spam: Now and forever ... and then some more

August 24, 2014 We get a lot of letters here at the paper. more »»

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 »»



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