×

Columnists

Spring-time treats!

Let’s finally celebrate spring and make some treats to share with neighbors and friends. Lemon Burst Loaves 1-3/4 c. flour 3/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. sour cream 1 large egg 1/3 c. butter, melted 1 to 2 Tbls. grated lemon ...

Food for thought

There was Moroccan chicken with chickpeas, cherry banana smoothies, Italian sausage with fried potatoes and lasagna. Don’t forget the jalepeño poppers, spicy Korean meatballs, the roasted vegetable soup, pulled pork slaw sliders and almond cheesecake bars. Oh, and how could I forget the mac ...

Jim Wares: Mousenstein … It’s Alive!

Ilearned that mice, if given half a brain, half a human brain, they get sort of uppity. Think they know everything. Obnoxious, little half-ounce dilettantes I tell you. Why, just a few moments ago as I was writing this, a scrawny, little Mus musculus scurried across my desk and sat on its ...

Kelly Van De Walle: In time for the draft, a family scouting report

With the NFL Draft wrapping up Saturday, I thought it would be fun to evaluate some unique players this year and how they stack up with the competition: my family. DAUGHTER Age: 7 Height: About as tall as a badger Weight: 49 pounds Overview: She is a fiery sprite that comes from a ...

Grains bounce back

With weather warming up, Midwestern farmers are just beginning to plant this year’s corn and soybean crops, but many are already thinking ahead to harvest, which is the only time they see income for a year’s worth of costs and hard work. Luckily, harvest outlooks are looking brighter as ...

What Democrats can learn from Emmanuel Macron

WASHINGTON — Emmanuel Macron and President Trump don’t agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is a free-trader; Trump just imposed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum. Macron wants the United States to remain in Syria; Trump wants to get out. Macron ...

‘Crazy Bernie’ is at it again

There he goes again. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is again flirting with the idea that the federal government should ...

Keep toys off the street

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about children’s toys left in the street. — Heloise Dear Heloise: The street I live on has several young families with very young children. Every day, they leave their tricycles, bikes and toys in the street. I’m worried that one day, one of the ...

Why hometown traditional media will trend in 2018

During a recent Advertising Federation panel discussion, a few marketers got on stage to talk about what notto do in 2018. We were examining fading trends and talking through the things we believe unproductive in our big sea of marketing and advertising tools. One of the questions posed was ...

Who Controls Your Kids’ Lives?

Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas was fond of telling a story about his time stumping for educational change. “My educational policies are based on the fact that I care more about my children than you do,” Gramm once said to a woman. “No, you don’t,” she replied. “OK,” ...

‘Crazy Bernie’ is at it again

There he goes again. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is again flirting with the idea that the federal government should ...

Beware Networks Skipping Their Own Polls

Watch national news outlets choose which opinion poll results they report and which ones they bury. It tells you everything you need to know about their political agenda. On the morning of Sunday, April 15, ABC anchor Paula Faris reported a new ABC News-Washington Post poll that showed ...

Get to know your AEA board members

While most people know that a board of directors governs their local school district, many do not realize that Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) also operate under a group of elected individuals. Serving more than 62,000 students and 5,000 educators, these dedicated community members are ...

In the Legislature

Our last official day was on Tuesday, our 100th day. We debated a few bills this week, including bills on the gubernatorial line of succession and managing the spread of disease in wild animals. We also recognized several legislators for their public service and years in the Iowa ...

Pauline F. Gleason, 91

Pauline F. Gleason, 91, of Dallas Center, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at Spurgeon Manor Dallas Center. Pauline was born July 20, 1926, in Putnam County, MO, daughter of the late Gurney and Ethel (Pickett) Mullenix. She worked as a telephone operator in Unionville, MO. There she met ...

News from Des Moines

Week 15 again was a week marked by behind the scenes work on budget bills and very little floor action. Good news about Iowa continues to come forward. The 2017 Statewide Laborshed Study by Iowa Workforce Development has been released. The study shows that the median annual salary ...

Laptop dilemma

Dear Dave, My husband and I are just starting Baby Step 1 of your plan. Prior to this, we told my two nephews we would buy them laptop computers for college. They don’t get a lot of encouragement or support from their immediate family, so we try to help them when we can. Should we go ahead ...

Paul Ryan Is No Margaret Chase Smith

Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this ...

Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising

A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country’s constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. For the bete noire of Orban’s campaign was uber-globalist George Soros. And Orban’s ...

Marshalltown … are we the new Miami?

Editor’s note: This column was originally published in October of 2015. Believe it or not, Marshalltown is just like Miami. All right, maybe not exactly like Miami, where swaying palm trees, sandy beaches, cigars and mojitos are in order. But Marshalltown, in many ways, is the much ...