Sunday, March 29, 2015

Annual Manual

Posted March 11, 2015in Guest Commentary

Charmed, I’m sure

By Kent Carlson Maybe it was the period in time I was raised, or maybe it was who raised me, but the term “charming” really wasn’t a big part of my vocabulary. At least not until I met my friend, Dennis. Dennis was about 15 years older than me. He

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Posted February 18, 2015in Guest Commentary

Sadly, for today’s Iowa GOP, it pays to be ignorant

GUEST #1 By Herb Strentz Although the Iowa press has not reported it yet, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has taken himself out of the Iowa caucus scene and the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Matter of fact, he did so two years ago in January 2013 when he told

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Posted February 11, 2015in Guest Commentary

Mirror, oh mirror, upon the wall, who is the government, after all?

Some people can’t take a joke.  Like me, for instance — even when the joke is about a faceless government or government agency. And that’s a timely topic now, as Congress and state legislatures around the nation got under way this month. The particular government joke I’m thinking about is

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Posted February 04, 2015in Guest Commentary

A ‘dirty’ deal on those burdensome regulations

By Randy Evans You hear a lot of politicians talking these days about burdensome government regulations. Gov. Terry Branstad is one of them. But a proposed regulation moving through state government leaves citizens with the clear impression that the state is engineering a change that is advantageous to certain businesses

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Posted January 21, 2015in Guest Commentary

Straw Poll kept alive by money, press and religious right

Brace yourself: The Iowa Straw Poll, endorsed by the State GOP, will return this summer in its role as a quadrennial horror story. Given how the maligned Poll was brought back to life, perhaps Zombie Burgers will be catered in. The Iowa Straw Poll, which, even Republicans admit, gouges presidential

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Posted January 14, 2015in Guest Commentary

It’s the fear — not the proof — that’s in the pudding!

In time we’ll likely enjoy the orange pudding, a Christmas gift from one of our daughters. Or maybe, we can have it bronzed as a reminder of the terror-filled age we’ve inflicted upon ourselves — and keeping such pudding or fruitcake around for a long time can be a tradition.

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Posted December 10, 2014in Guest Commentary

Hawkeyes and Cyclones: Good losers, and should stick to it!

A time-honored maxim in business in particular and life in general is “Stick to what you do best” or “Stick to what you know best.” Both are variations on the need to stay focused, as in “Stick to your knitting.” That advice comes to mind as one surveys the Iowa

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Posted November 26, 2014in Guest Commentary

Des Moines: 37 years of change

It was just a place my car broke down on my way to Colorado. All the city had been to me was a name, the place where the paper I used to deliver came from. Close by my Quad-Cities home, but not as close as Iowa City. Bigger, more distant.

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Posted November 19, 2014in Guest Commentary

Tales of two atrocities: political ads and language

Tale I: Next to the biblical “In the beginning…,” the best-recalled opening line in literature likely is, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” Given today’s “times,” if you believe the recent campaign ads, we might shorten

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Posted October 29, 2014in Guest Commentary

‘Safety’ trumps sanity in Ames-East fiasco

By now, just about everyone agrees that the Ames-Des Moines East high school football game should have been played Oct. 17 and not cancelled by Ames and the Iowa High School Athletic Association because some jerk was said to have threatened to maybe harm those who attended the game. The

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