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Life upended

April 26, 2016 In the two years that I have written this column, I have always tried to make it about the news of the day. I find myself in the awkward position of being the news of the day. more »»

Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

April 26, 2016 Dear white people: As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich. more »»

Loan converts to scholarship

April 25, 2016 Dear Dave, I’m a senior in high school here in Arkansas, and I think I want to study business in college. I’ve gotten an unusual offer from a small, out-of-state school. more »»

Giving back in life and in death

April 24, 2016 Charles Lanam’s life had meaning; it had purpose. And when he was laid to rest this past week at the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery, hundreds of people made sure his passing would not go unnoticed. more »»

Grilled cheese three ways

April 24, 2016 Recently I was looking for an alternative to the traditional grilled cheese sandwich recipe and I found three that are worth tryin. more »»

Putin watch update: Theft and porridge

April 24, 2016 Roger Moore-era James Bond bad guy, current Prime President of Russia, and friend of the column Vladimir Putin, hosted a marathon call-in show last week where he answered questions from Russia... more »»

Child Negotiations 101

April 24, 2016 I’m often amazed at how my wife caves into our two-year-old so. more »»

Grains go for elevator ride

April 23, 2016 Grain elevators full of corn, wheat, and soybeans had a wild week, making a quick price trip up and then back down again. Prices for the three major U.. more »»

Winners or whiners?

April 23, 2016 If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality — in both parties. more »»

News from Des Moines

April 23, 2016 This was week 15 of the session and we are now past the 100-day mark. Our clerks have been let go, our per diem has ended, and many of our pages have also gone back to school. more »»

Keeping vulnerable kids a priority

April 23, 2016 Every child deserves a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are there to help abused and neglected children by serving as their voice in court. more »»

Is the date too late for your plate?

April 22, 2016 Dear Heloise: I came across a can of VEGETABLE SOUP in my pantry, and the date on the bottom read “March 25, 2015.” I called the company using the free customer-service number on the can. more »»

The gift of Trump’s ramshackle campaign

April 22, 2016 “One fine day, in a fit of euphoria, after he had picked up the telephone and taken an order for zero-coupon bonds that had brought him a $50,000 commission, just like that, this very phrase had... more »»

Comeback kids in New York

April 22, 2016 WASHINGTON — The results in the New York presidential primaries were not decisive in either party, but they certainly were course corrections after brief stalls in the dashes of Donald Trump and... more »»

Teen may distance herself, but she still needs her parents

April 21, 2016 Q: Can you offer any insight as to why my 13-year-old daughter has become so contrary about everything? She often seems eager to distance herself from m. more »»

Sanders pushes Hillary far to the left

April 21, 2016 If conventional wisdom ruled in this election cycle thus far, America’s most prominent journalists would have painted the traditional portrait of the candidates. more »»

The President, the Court and immigration

April 21, 2016 In 2014, President Barack Obama signed 12 executive orders directing various agencies in the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security to refrain from deporting some 4 million adult... more »»

Ideas for developing early learners

April 20, 2016 Four-year-old children have a natural sense of curiosity. They are absorbing everything in the world around them. The year before kindergarten can be spent learning so many new things. more »»

New York exceptionalism and Donald Trump

April 20, 2016 Noo Yawk. That’s the state with this week’s presidential primary, in which candidates who have spent time in New York recently are currently running ahead, according to polls. more »»

'I'm a Girl'

April 20, 2016 When Gabriel was nearly 3 years old, he told his mother, “I’m sad.” “Why?” she asked. “I want to wear beautiful clothes. I want to grow a baby in my body. more »»

 
 
 

 

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