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January 14, 2015 This terrible thing happened. Three hooded men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles seized a magazine newsroom in Paris and murdered many of the journalists meeting there. more »»

A Muslim cartoonist draws lessons from the Charlie Hebdo massacre

January 14, 2015 As a political cartoonist who happens to be both American and Muslim, I often find myself at the intersection of media curiosity: Muslim, with all the stereotypical notions attached to that, but als... more »»

Sixteen gifts college students want

January 13, 2015 A college student gift doesn’t have to be complicated, whether it’s for a birthday, graduation or a special occasion. It just needs to be relevant and thoughtful. more »»

Sharing and planning as one

January 12, 2015 Dear Dave, How do I get my girlfriend to take a more active role in planning a family budget? We’re getting married in a few months, and everything between us is great except for this one area. more »»

Sharing and planning as one

January 12, 2015 DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad is kicking off his sixth term with a limited list of goals, most notably increasing roads funding, but so far without any major legacy project on the horizon. more »»

Let the games begin

January 11, 2015 Iowa and central Iowa will be flooded with Democratic and Republican presidential aspirants one year from now. Which means the Iowa Caucuses will soon be upon us. more »»

Eruption leaves a lasting mark

January 11, 2015 I suppose it was only a matter of time before it happened. I couldn’t go my whole life unscathed. Untraumatized. It would’ve been too much to ask. So it happened. At age 34. more »»

Soup anyone?

January 11, 2015 This is a good time to make and eat soup. I also included an easy stew recipe. Basic Cream Soup 2 chicken bullion cubes 2 c. water 2 c. milk 2 c. more »»

Time capsule OR just a box of garbage?

January 11, 2015 When I was in elementary school my class gathered a bunch of artifacts demonstrating life in the 1980s (I?don’t remember what artifacts, exactly, but I’m fairly certain at least 50 percent of the... more »»

XL oil supply could grow

January 10, 2015 The United States is sitting on an extra-large stockpile of crude oil, gasoline and diesel fuel. Total domestic inventories, excluding the government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, stand at a 1. more »»

The ‘equality’ racket

January 10, 2015 Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: “RICH BASTARD. more »»

Playtime is over for Obamacare’s foes

January 10, 2015 Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their drea. more »»

‘The Grandpa Tree’ of Marshall County

January 10, 2015 Several years ago, my father-in-law gave my daughter a book called, “The Grandpa Tree” by Mike Donahue. more »»

Belt extender is a pretender

January 9, 2015 Dear Heloise: I am a large man who travels a lot. When flying, I need to use a SEAT-BELT EXTENDER. I purchased one online that claimed to be "FAA-approved. more »»

Questions for a nominee

January 9, 2015 WASHINGTON — Senate confirmation hearings put nominees on notice that, as a Michigan state legislator reportedly once said, “I’m watching everything you do with a fine-toothed com. more »»

Truth takes a back seat in another historical movie

January 9, 2015 WASHINGTON — As the uproar died down over the Hollywood comedy that depicted the fictitious assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, another movie came under fire for taking liberties wit... more »»

Helpful tips for parents of newborns

January 8, 2015 This last weekend, I spent time with a mom and her newborn baby girl; it brought back so many memories of what a parent goes through those first few months when their bundle of joy finally arrives. more »»

Al Sharpton's magical mystery tour

January 8, 2015 During the Christmas season, the national media hoped to once again dip the entire Republican Party in the mire of David Duke and other racists, to spread that taint across the political landscape. more »»

Your smartphone could be poisoning children

January 8, 2015 Kim Gunoo is a 15-year-old South Korean boy who has lived with perpetual diarrhea since birt. more »»

I had WHAT?

January 8, 2015 I think I have found a disease for which the pharmaceutical industry has not found a drug to peddle on television. more »»



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