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President Obama’s tear a starkly human thing

January 12, 2016 He didn’t bawl. His voice only roughened for a moment and he dabbed at a couple tears that straggled down his cheek. As displays of emotion go, it wasn’t all that much. more »»

The consequences of doing nothing

January 12, 2016 “If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you,” said the ever wise Calvin Coolidge, who was both the best American President... more »»

You can catch up later

January 11, 2016 Dear Dave, I work in IT, and I recently learned that I’ll be losing my $88,000 a year job at the end of February. We’re debt-free, except for our home, and we have a full emergency fund in plac. more »»

Why is North Korea our problem?

January 11, 2016 For Xi Jinping, it has been a rough week. Panicked flight from China’s currency twice caused a plunge of 7 percent in her stock market, forcing a suspension of tradin. more »»

You can delegate authority, but not responsibility

January 11, 2016 Editors Note: Mark Shields is currently on vacation. This column was released in January of 2015 Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. more »»

When fair game is a foul play

January 11, 2016 Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket. more »»

Comfort food at its best

January 10, 2016 This week I have some comfort food recipes – just what the winter months call for. Tater Tot Casserole 1 pkg. frozen tater tots 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 med. more »»

China woes melt markets

January 9, 2016 Global markets took a steep dive this week after China announced that it was depreciating its currency in an effort to boost its economy, which has been slowing recently. more »»


January 9, 2016 Those who have been marveling at Donald Trump’s political showmanship were given a reminder of who is the top showman of them all, when President Barack Obama went on television to make a pitch for... more »»

What happens when private money pays for science?

January 9, 2016 As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good. more »»

Welcoming 2016 at the Iowa Veterans home

January 9, 2016 As we welcome a new year, I want to publicly express what an honor it is to serve as Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH). more »»

A stamp of approval for notes

January 8, 2016 Dear Readers: A HANDWRITTEN NOTE OR LETTER seems to mean more today than years ago. Text and email are fine for quick notes, but a birthday card or handwritten note is something one can keep foreve. more »»

The criminalization of politics

January 8, 2016 “Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. more »»

Soon the real voting starts

January 8, 2016 WASHINGTON — After more than a year of poll-gazing of all varieties, the real 2016 presidential campaign year has arrived, with Donald Trump still far ahead in the Republican nomination race and the... more »»

Iowans should support the Renewable Fuels Standard

January 8, 2016 Every four years, Iowa has the unique opportunity to be the first in the nation caucus. more »»

When you’re the only one ...

January 7, 2016 I could say I understand what it’s like to be a single parent but I really don’t. more »»

Burying negative polls

January 7, 2016 Network news outlets conduct their own polls. They also bury the poll results when they don’t like them. On PBS on Jan. 1, liberal pundit Mark Shields brought some very bad news for the lef. more »»

Enstrictly speaking, 2016 could be a trailrazer

January 7, 2016 My 9-year-old daughter hunkers down for hours with the Warriors books. more »»

K-12 Education: It’s not all about the funding

January 7, 2016 Iowa has long been known for being a leader in public education. In fact, the back of the Iowa quarter minted in 2004 depicts a schoolhouse and the phrase “Foundation in Education. more »»

Implementing the Comprehensive Literacy Model

January 6, 2016 Franklin Elementary School kindergarten teachers Amy Phillips, Blair Struble and Rhonda Vaske, in collaboration with the instructional coach, Elizabeth Overstake, have been working this year to... more »»



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