Snapshots of community spirit
June 12, 2016 Last year I remarked that driving along downtown Main Street in downtown Marshalltown, what a beautiful sight it was to see the hanging flower baskets and the carefully crafted plants located at... more »»
Bartlets, Underwoods and Meyers
June 12, 2016 A process story is a term used by journalists to describe a story that focuses on the mechanics of policymaking or campaigning, rather than what the policy is or what the campaign says. more »»
To my wife, whatchu lookin’ at?
June 12, 2016 An open letter to my wife after she ALLEGEDLY saw me looking at a discarded Victoria’s Secret gift card sitting on the counter, which I totally wasn’t. more »»
Is personal responsibility obsolete?
June 11, 2016 Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity o... more »»
Sanders should stop scheming
June 11, 2016 “Drop your plans and schemes,” Thomas Cromwell advises doomed Queen Anne Boleyn in “Wolf Hall.” “Put down the burden of them.” Bernie Sanders could use similar counsel. more »»
Tag — rings are it!
June 10, 2016 Dear Heloise: Airport baggage handlers have an amazing talent for ripping off ZIPPER PULLS from one’s luggage. I take old key rings and replace the zipper pull with a ring. more »»
The price Paul Ryan has paid
June 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan’s degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. more »»
Trump’s blunder eclipses Hillary’s big night
June 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has become the first woman presidential nominee, but the historic feat is being overshadowed by a colossal Donald Trump blunder, requiring him to address the resultant... more »»
Hillary meets the press servants
June 9, 2016 The most obvious sign of liberal media favoritism is that liberal candidates can avoid press conferences for months at a time, and the media don’t complain. After the U.S. more »»
Explaining Donald Trump
June 9, 2016 NEW YORK — If there is one explanation for Donald Trump’s success it is this: Unlike most Republicans, he fights back. more »»
Wake up, America!
June 9, 2016 While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling in their final round in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump is arguing that Clinton should be in prison for failing to safeguard state... more »»
Trump’s whining strategy
June 8, 2016 The day before the March presidential primary in Ohio, one of my journalism students at Kent State told me she was going to cover Donald Trump’s rally that evening in Youngstown. She was excited. more »»
Iron Rule of Politics
June 6, 2016 Having worked, as a younger man, in three losing presidential campaigns and having been lucky enough to cover the past 10 presidential campaigns as a journalist, I have been forced to learn a few... more »»