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Skewer the cake!

Dear Readers: Whenever you frost a two- or three-layer cake, use SKEWERS to hold the layers down so that the stacks stay in place and don’t become lopsided. Wait about 30 minutes afterward and remove the skewers, then smooth frosting over the areas where the skewers had been. Your cakes will ...

Why Jerusalem Matters

This week, the Trump administration inaugurated the new American embassy in Jerusalem. The celebration in Israel was palpable; the embassy move came amidst the national celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state. The streets filled with Jews of all sorts, cheering and ...

Happy anniversary Robert Mueller

Just one year ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into the Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Today it continues, with no certain end yet in sight. The fact that Mueller has been seeking an interview with Trump ...

Prohibition has been lifted at last on sports wagering

Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including some that millions of Americans considered victimless activities and none of the government’s business. Now, America is going to become more law abiding, the Supreme Court having ...

Mr. Chew-Chew

Just 72 names! The Baby Center identifies 72 nicknames for a child’s pacifier. From bink, paci and nuby to Mr. Chew-Chew. When babies are born, they have a strong sucking reflex. This natural reflex is soothing and calming for your baby. Some professionals believe that you shouldn’t ...

The coarsening of political language

Here in Australia, “Question Time” has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes funny questions in an ...

The Long Week of the Leaked McCain Insult

Our “news” media are addicted to damaging internal leaks from the Trump White House, especially when the leaks make Team Trump look wildly insensitive. The two most common words in the press today are “sources say.” Now the country is spending a week with the media demanding a public ...

As Obamacare Premiums Soar, Dems Lie

America has a health insurance problem because politicians would rather lie about it than solve it. Obamacare regulations caused premiums for people buying their own insurance to more than double between 2013 and 2017, and then soar even higher in 2018. With huge hikes predicted again in 2019, ...

Stop the summer learning slide

Teachers and parents know that with the joy of summer also comes the lazy days of potential summer learning slide. Sitting idle for as long as three months could potentially undo the gains made throughout the year and affect how successfully a student will adjust to the coming new school year. ...

You, Too, Would Do This to Save the Life of Your Child

Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights, I sat in an Alabama church pew with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. He wore the flushed, impatient face of someone who had to be there. Sessions sat on the other side of my husband, his colleague ...

Propaganda Networks

Why does American journalist Abby Martin report for media run by socialist murderers? Martin once worked for RT, Russia’s state-run news network. Now she’s got a similar gig at teleSUR, an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist news network funded by Latin American leftists. I’d never ...

Death by Conformity

The Boy Scouts of America have always been a pretty explicitly faith-based organization. Though nondenominational, references to God and Creator were woven within the Boy Scouts’ documents and behaviors. The organization grounded itself in a worldview that is archaic in modern times, ...

How did we ever forget this song?

It’s like listening to a song you used to know. It’s an old sweet song, a hymn of hope and possibility. It’s a tune you haven’t heard in far too long. That’s how it is when Rev. Dr. William Barber speaks morality. It’s not just that Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church ...

Recognizing local law enforcement

On May 13-19, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 is National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have given their lives in protection of our communities across the United ...

In the Legislature

Another busy pro-Iowa, pro-growth year in the 87th General Assembly has come to a close. A big promise was kept for Iowans. This session the legislature passed historic tax relief for Iowa taxpayers and families. Iowa has the fourth highest top individual tax rate, and that top rate is ...

Help them help themselves

Dear Dave, My parents have always been bad with money, and recently they lost their home to foreclosure. They found another place to live, and they both work, but since the foreclosure my dad has been asking me for money on a regular basis. He tries to make me feel guilty, and he calls or ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Since there is no cooking by moms today, I have some easy recipes for children and dads. Cheesy Mac and Franks 6 oz. dry elbow macaroni 4 frankfurters, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 3/4 lb. Velveeta, cubed 2/3 c. milk 2 tsp. prepared mustard 1/4 tsp. pepper Cook macaroni according to ...

Happy Mother’s Day

Editor’s note: At the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this amended column originally published on May 10, 2015. Over the years, I’ve struggled to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. It’s been an ongoing battle for the past 50 years and while I’ve come close, I ...

Jim Wares: The case for impeachment of my brain

I learned that once upon a time, long, long ago, about an hour, I believed with everything I am in this one unassailable certainty … that I eat so much because I need the strength to cook. Now, it's a hard, hard thing for me to realize I have been so very wrong. It's a painful thing. It's ...

Kelly Van De Walle: A research guide to mothers

It should come to no surprise to regular readers that while I have ample parenting expertise and provide sage wisdom to children that they giddily ignore, I have little experience being a mother, the result of having a little too little equipment in one area an excess of another. However, I ...