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Diversity Sells

Ignoring the experiences of women and people of color now comes at a price for filmmakers and TV execs.From the television sets in our living rooms to our local movie theaters, diversity appears to be the new black.Fresh off the success of small-screen hits like Fox's musical drama Empire, CW's ...

Why some men have a dog and no wife

The content of this column does not in any way represent the opinion of this newspaper or, more importantly, the operator of this column who has a wife and four daughters.The later you are, the more excited your dog is to see you.Dogs don't notice if you call them by another dog's name.Dogs ...

The latest victim in the war on whistleblowers

Jeffrey Sterling learned the hard way that the feds will throw the book at anyone who embarrasses them.Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. The former CIA officer, the judge declared, would spend 42 months - that's three and half years - behind bars. The feds ...

Laws of nature

Following are immutable laws of nature, many of which you will already know from personal experience.1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you 'll have to go the bathroom.2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when ...

Nonviolence for whom?

If violence isn't the answer, somebody should tell the police.Ferguson. New York. Baltimore.As cities erupt after decades of oppression and violence at the hands of police, calls for nonviolence can be deafening. "Violence isn't the answer," the moralists chide when protesters throw rocks and ...

Why not travel to Cuba?

Scuba diving off Varadero Beach shouldn't land you in hot water with Uncle Sam.If you're an American citizen, you've got one of the most valuable passports in the world. You can travel nearly anywhere, including countries Uncle Sam doesn't always get along with.If the local authorities let you ...

Ingenious ideas from the internet

This should really say "copied by Rick Deines" since it is taken from an email a friend sent to me.Sharpen a pair of scissors by cutting a sheet of sandpaper.Keep brown sugar soft by putting a couple of marshmallows in the plastic sack.To keep shoes off the floor, hang a coat rack low on the ...

Call the advertising police!

That sound you hear is my own advertising siren sounding, hoping to arrest some of the ads that now flood television.Good grief! We banned cigarette ads but we allow pharmaceutical products, liquor and beer ads, in particular the now-popular sex product ads.I saw an ad the other night that was ...

A mythical right for bigotry

Anti-LGBT activists are masking their bigotry as a quest to protect "religious freedom."The Supreme Court is now considering cases that could usher in nationwide marriage equality, and state-level gay marriage bans are falling faster than you can say "equal protection under the law."People who ...

Deflategate? What about povertygate? Or hungergate?

Can we step back from the "Deflategate" controversy for a minute or two?Why the moral outrage over about a dozen footballs that were under-inflated? I know it is wrong but on a scale of 1-10 with the obscene evil in the Middle East being a solid 10, can the football thing be more than a ...

Enhanced misinformation techniques

Torture supporters outnumbered opponents 2-to-1 on major news shows.When the Senate released its shocking report on CIA torture late last year, it renewed a debate from the Bush years about the merits of so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."Polls released afterward suggested that most ...

Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class.Business leaders say Iowa's shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to grow and operate competitively. That means our state's continued success depends on support ...

Iowa courts expand their successes

The Chief Justice of Iowa's Supreme Court, Mark Cady, told legislators last week that Iowans can be proud of our state's court system, which is one of the best in the nation.The top priorities of the Judicial Branch are ensuring public safety and protecting Iowa's children. Since the ...

Don’t shortchange our students

Your advocacy is needed. The impact of the governor's school funding proposal is far below what is necessary to finance Iowa's schools. The governor is proposing to increase per pupil spending by 1.25 percent or $80 per student for the 2015-16 school year and a 2.45 percent increase or $158 per ...

Regent funding formula must be re-examined

The regents funding task force was to study and recommend needed change to the funding formula which divides a $500 million "pie" between the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Uneven enrollment changes (ISU increase - UNI decrease) created financial ...

Torture doesn’t save lives, It costs them

This is the kind of knowledge that damages the soul. Thanks to the Senate's report on CIA torture, Americans should now realize that there was nothing "enhanced" about the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."These tactics were more than just cruel and degrading - ...

New year to focus on job creation, fiscal responsibility

We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015.The latest review of state finances by the nonpartisan Revenue Estimating Conference points to steady economic growth for Iowa over the ...

Focusing on the middle class and job training

It has been observed that a good number of school children think the first day of the year is sometime in late August when they return to school. I have learned that for public officials, it begins in November following the elections.Now knowing who is elected to represent the people, many ...

The country has spoken: Time to change direction on tax extenders

While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a message that they do not like the country's direction. Exit polling data from Election Day showed ...

‘Black Friday Blues’

Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on "Black Friday" for spectacular deals. What they don't know is that the best bargains have already been taken - not by other shoppers, but by some of America's largest corporations.Walmart, the biggest corporation in America, with revenues of ...