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Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?

In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear ...

The 2010s Look More Like Trump’s Ideal America Than Obama’s

One of my favorite Christmastime presents is the Census Bureau’s release of its annual population estimates for all of the states. Comparison of the April 1, 2010, Census Bureau enumerations and the June 30, 2017, estimates for the states shows how each state fared in the Obama years, seeing ...

The importance of the Iowa Skilled Worker and Job Creation Fund

As Iowa moves forward to implement Gov. Reynolds’ Future Ready Iowa (FRI) initiative, Iowa’s community colleges stand ready to play a key role. The goal is to prepare 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce with an education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. The FRI recommendations ...

More classic rock n’ roll favorites

A column I wrote several weeks ago listing favorite classic rock songs generated interesting reader comments. Consequently, they made yours truly realize there were omissions. After some thought and research they are: “Rock n’ Roll Hutchie Koo” - Covered by Edgar Winter and White ...

There were not enough white men in the room.

Indeed, there were almost none, if we are to believe an anonymous witness who testified before the Washington, D.C., grand jury that has been handing down indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Donald Trump’s campaign and administration. New York Post columnist Richard ...

The Rule of Law Goes to Pot

We are supposedly a nation of laws, not men, but our lawmakers have ensured over the years that we are increasingly at the whim of men, elected or appointed, instead of the law. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declared that he will reverse an Obama Administration position allowing states to ...

Fire Bell in the Night for the Ayatollah

As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the “sedition” had been defeated. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard. The protests that broke out a week ...

Our Sore President

During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief executive also from ...

Celebrate Freedom, Not Pot

As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth. Make no mistake. She fully supports the legalization of pot, as well as the decriminalization of hard drugs. The war on ...

Mortgage ratios

Dear Dave, Do you have a guideline ratio for mortgage debt to income? — Levon Dear Levon, When it comes to buying a home, I always tell people to get a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, with monthly payments that are no more than 25 percent of their take home pay. This type of mortgage is ...

Healthy recipes for the new year

If you’re still sticking to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, I have some recipes for you to try. Spinach-Feta Personal Pizza 1 8-inch flour tortilla 2 Tbls. pizza sauce 1 c. baby spinach 1 sliced Roma tomato 1 Tbls. feta cheese 2 Tbls. low fat mozzarella ...

A heartfelt thank you

This past Thursday, Dec. 28, we wrapped up our veteran series, “In service to our country …” For 73 weeks, we featured a new profile of someone from the area whose service we were and continue to be indebted ...

In the silence of the slams

Once I turned off the tweets…I learned that if I were to walk due south for about thirteen-hundred miles, beyond the very end of the United States, I'd end up in country they call Mexico. Because I turned off the tweets, I learned come July 1, they're gonna have a national election. Lord, ...

2018 New Year’s resolutions

There are so many things I neglected to do in 2017, however I’m confident with the right resolutions this time around 2018 will finally be the Year of Kelly. This year I promise to do every single one of these to make myself a better person. Unless I get busy or forget about them or ...

Record American meat consumption

Americans’ love of meat is expected to hit a new high, according to a projection from the USDA. The government agency expects Americans to consume an average of 222 pounds of red meat and poultry during 2018. Average consumption has risen 12 percent since 1990, a sign of increasing ...

Keeping Guns Away From the Most Dangerous

Hooray! America has just set a new record. Want to guess what it is? Record-breaking high school math scores, you say? Nope. Maybe a record number of workers pulling themselves out of poverty, or a banner year for a decline in infectious diseases? No and no. Here’s the news: On just one day ...

Election Odds

President Trump is up 3 percent! I refer to the betting odds. Gamblers (mostly in Europe because political bets are legal there) now give the president a 53 percent chance of finishing his first term. That’s it — they barely think he’ll complete four years. This must seem wrong to ...

The thief in the lunchroom

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about stealing people’s lunches from the employee refrigerator: “Dear Heloise: I work in a large office where we bring our own lunch. We either write a name on the lunch or we tag it so it’s identifiable. Someone has been taking food that doesn’t ...

Focus on mental health care now

There are a number of issues that legislators in Iowa are facing this year — budget concerns, taxes, school funding, the ongoing concerns over the privatization of Medicaid, water quality — the list goes on. But a recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll notes that mental health, and ...

America’s Left in the Grip of Insanity

President Trump is unpopular. He’s unpopular because he’s boorish, crude and silly; he’s unpopular because he has a unique capacity to turn winning news cycles into referenda on his use of Twitter. But the United States under President Trump hasn’t seen any serious anti-liberty ...