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A Legacy of Liberalism

November 22, 2014 Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said there were “phrases that serve as an excuse for not thinking. more »»

The Democrats’ chronic depression

November 22, 2014 “Smiles at the gas pump,” my local headline reads. The price of gasoline has fallen below $3 a gallon. When the national average rose last year to $3.51, Re. more »»

The first casualty of war

November 22, 2014 Reflecting on World War I, California Senator Hiram Johnson famously said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth. more »»

Old coins have a sticky problem

November 21, 2014 Dear Heloise: We found a box of very old (1892-1930) U.S. SILVER COINS that my father collected. Unfortunately, he wrapped and labeled each small group in masking or drafting tap. more »»

Using a bludgeon in Wisconsin

November 21, 2014 MILWAUKEE — It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking... more »»

Obama must secure authorization for force in Middle East

November 21, 2014 WASHINGTON — Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he’s fighting... more »»

Be cautious about revealing too much of your youth to kids

November 20, 2014 Q: How much do my children need to know about my past? Is there any reason to be completely open with them about the moral failings of my youth? Jim: This is a common, but important, question. more »»

Enabling the delusional Dems

November 20, 2014 After the 2012 campaign, liberal journalists swarmed around Republican Party chair Reince Priebus offering what was called an "autopsy" on every way Republicans failed, with a special emphasis on... more »»

The Pentagon’s fiscal forecast: Slushy

November 20, 2014 The Department of Defense is requesting a base budget of nearly half a trillion dollars for the coming year. That may sound like a lot of money. more »»

Public notices important for an open, transparent government

November 20, 2014 The Fourth Estate is the name most commonly associated with the press and newspapers specifically. more »»

Jean Seberg: Marshalltown’s movie star

November 19, 2014 The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is offering an opportunity to learn more about one of Marshalltown’s best-known natives! Born in 1938, Jean Seberg was the daughter of Dorothy and Edward Seberg, and... more »»

Where the polls were wrong

November 19, 2014 Were the polls wrong? It’s a question asked after every election. more »»

Trolling for hollers

November 19, 2014 For last week’s postelection column, I described a piece of artwork that hangs in my home. more »»

My time in the DMV

November 18, 2014 Spending time at the Department of Motor Vehicles is akin to most people as getting some dental work done — it’s just something you’ve got to d. more »»

Not so fast!

November 17, 2014 Dear Dave, We’ve got our starter emergency fund in place, and we’ve paid off the last of our debt. Currently, we rent an apartment but my wife really wants us to buy a house now. more »»

Giving thanks

November 16, 2014 I know it’s slightly early, but I wanted to offer these thoughts as we near the Thanksgiving holiday. For all the blessings that we have, Thanksgiving should serve as a day of thanks and praise. more »»

Try these Turkey Day recipes

November 16, 2014 If you haven’t planned your Thanksgiving menu, you might want to try one of the following recipes. Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing 1 l. more »»

Too many cooks for Nish Detwork

November 16, 2014 I never thought I would say this, but I really miss Ted Turner right about now. Ok, maybe not Turner himself, but his networks. more »»

It's time for the new baby's annual review

November 16, 2014 Dear Tiny Mr. Van De Walle, You’ve now been with this company — I suppose you could call us a “family” — for 14 months, which gives us a healthy sample size to judge your performance. more »»

Cold snap causes flurry in commodities

November 15, 2014 As many Americans are bunkering down while temperatures drop, commodities traders are watching markets heat u. more »»



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