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Trump sees working-class chumps

October 12, 2016 Like so many working-class kids, I was raised not to judge others by what they did or didn’t own and never to bring dishonor to the people I come from. more »»

The agony of the Republicans

October 12, 2016 Less than a month before the election, the Republican speaker of the House says he won’t defend or campaign with his party’s presidential nomine. more »»

Where will Trump’s believers go when he implodes?

October 11, 2016 I used to love “The X-Files.” Like millions of Americans, I unfailingly followed FBI agents Mulder and Scully’s search for the truth in a labyrinth of conspiracy. more »»

Good Samaritans demonstrated kindness & thoughtfulness

October 11, 2016 Friday evening we attended the Marshalltown-Fort Dodge football game. We had not been able to attend one of our grandson Ryan’s games in two years, due to his grandfather’s health. more »»

The Leviathan’s Failureer

October 11, 2016 The liberal vision of America, as it ever more rapidly replaces the church and local community with the federal government as chief conveyor of charity and aid, is a leviathan that allegedly cares... more »»

Cash flow school?

October 10, 2016 Dear Dave, My wife and I are on Baby Step 2 of your plan, and I’m in graduate school while working full-time. more »»

ISIS, Not Russia, Is the Enemy in Syria

October 10, 2016 Denouncing Russian air strikes on Aleppo as “barbaric,” Mike Pence declared in Tuesday’s debate: “The provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength. ... more »»

What’s That Scent in the Air?

October 10, 2016 It is all but impossible for you or for me to understand, let alone appreciate, how painfully public and publicly painful it must be for a losing major-party presidential nominee to bear the agony o... more »»

Cookies galore!

October 9, 2016 Since October is Cookie Month, I have some recipes to try and celebratre. Peanut Butter Crisscrosses 1 cup Crisco 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 c.sugar 1 c. packed brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1 c. more »»

Oil blows over $50

October 8, 2016 Oil prices continued to gush higher this week on news that U.S. inventories of crude oil are falling. more »»

The academic curtain

October 8, 2016 Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an... more »»

Hillary no ‘enabler,’ nor were Eleanor and Jackie

October 8, 2016 Having lost badly to Hillary Clinton in their first debate, Donald Trump has turned to a subject on which he can claim expertise: screwing aroun. more »»

A place for diabetic-friendly recipes

October 7, 2016 Dear Heloise: Women’s magazines have recipes that are full of sugars, carbohydrates and fats. They need to come up with recipes that are DIABETIC-FRIENDLY. Approximately 1. more »»

The ‘quiet catastrophe’

October 7, 2016 WASHINGTON — The “quiet catastrophe” is particularly dismaying because it is so quiet, without social turmoil or even debate. more »»

A good fairy smites Trump

October 7, 2016 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, the master spinner of fairy tales, has become the victim of a good fair. more »»

How Donald Trump became the issue

October 7, 2016 On Tuesday night, by consensus, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence wiped the floor with Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. more »»

Deep satisfaction comes with joys of parenting

October 6, 2016 Q: My wife and I are giving serious thought to starting a family, and now I’m having second thoughts. The idea of being responsible for a child is daunting enough. more »»

ABC Keeps ‘modernizing’ the family leftward

October 6, 2016 ABC debuted the sitcom “Modern Family” in 2009 in part to push a broader acceptance of same-sex couples. more »»

A taxing situation

October 6, 2016 What would you think of an individual or a company that earned a pre-tax profit of $29.9 million in one year, paid nothing in taxes and still received a $3. more »»

Meeting the needs of high ability students

October 5, 2016 The Marshalltown Community School District strives to provide quality education for learners across the academic spectrum. more »»



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