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Working together to improve Marshalltown school district

September 3, 2014 Marshalltown Community School District is extremely grateful for the many individuals, agencies and businesses that partner with us to improve the quality of life for our children. more »»

The one-man pedaling show

September 2, 2014 Pedal boats are fun — especially if you don’t have to pedal. The rest of my family was given that luxury recently. We took a day trip to Hickory Grove Park a couple of weeks ago near Col. more »»

Obama's segue from constructive tax Proposals to low-grade demagoguery

September 2, 2014 "The tax system should be simplified and work for all Americans with lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets. more »»

Parenting is full of goodbyes

September 2, 2014 This is the month of departure for many parents, the time of year when they brace themselves for new versions of their children getting on with life. more »»

Agriculture and Aiddy

August 31, 2014 Take a good look at your dinner plate. Where did all that food come from? Yes, you may have picked up a few items here and there at Hy-Vee or Fareway, but they are just the middle men. more »»

When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin?

August 31, 2014 Grab a sweater, light a roaring fire and make sure the ice scraper is in the car because fall has descended upon our warm and weary sun soaked selves. more »»

Investigators: No deaths at Phoenix VA due to poor care

August 31, 2014 Allegations by whistle-blowers several months ago that long waits for medical appointments at the Phoenix VA hospital may have caused the deaths of at least 40 veterans, and that a “secret list” of... more »»

Casserole essentials

August 31, 2014 I grew up in Minnesota and I never ate a casserole until I came to Iowa — I only ate hot dishes. more »»

Facts vs. visions

August 30, 2014 The political left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the 18th centur. more »»

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 »»



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