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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 »»

The Marshalltown connection

April 20, 2016 Terry Stotts, the head coach of the Portland Trailblazers, has his team in the National Basketball Association playoffs and is in the conversation for Coach of the Year in the NBA. more »»

Conservatives lie about history to exonerate conscience

April 19, 2016 This one’s for John. He’s a reader who took issue with my recent column arguing that conservatism has become an angry and incoherent mess. more »»

Liberal totalitarianism

April 19, 2016 Moral/cultural engineering, to the liberal mind, is a piece of cake. more »»

In depressing campaign season, millennials offer hope

April 19, 2016 As I’ve watched the 2016 campaign unfold, I’ve come to realize that the millennial generation has a better grasp on reality than the nation’s top political journalists. more »»

America’s imperial overstretch

April 18, 2016 This week, SU-24 fighter-bombers buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Baltic Sea. The Russian planes carried no missiles or bombs. Message: What are you Americans doing here? In the South China Sea, U.S. more »»

The ‘no-nonsense’ negotiator

April 18, 2016 In addition to winning more primaries, more convention delegates and 2 million more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate running this year, billionaire developer Donald Trump has... more »»

Talk about boundaries

April 18, 2016 Dear Dave, My husband and I are just starting to get control of our finances, but we have a problem. My dad has a habit of expecting us to buy things for him. more »»

Cake, oh cake

April 17, 2016 Recently I got some cake mixes on sale and so I started looking for recipes to use them that were not cake. Following are three recipes that I plan on trying. more »»

Part of this balanced breakfast, now and forever

April 17, 2016 I love cereal and I hate watching it become relegated to the back of the breakfast menu behind greek yogurt and breakfast bars. more »»



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