Friday, December 2, 2016


Posted November 30, 2016in Guest Commentary

Rants and Reason

Let America Be America again So, what holiday comes to mind when you think of the results of the 2016 elections? For Republicans, the holiday might be Christmas or Thanksgiving. For folks on opposite sides of the aisle, it may be the promises or the plagues anticipated in the New

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Posted November 02, 2016in Guest Commentary

The American Dream: Jobs or justice?

As we come to terms with election results — and the frustration or despair with the 2016 campaigns — here are three topics worth considering: 1. How will we define the American Dream in the 21st century? 2. How does the 1940 election shed light on 2016’s and Iowa’s role

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Posted October 05, 2016in Guest Commentary

The Olympics: Citius, Altius, Fortius and, of course, Litigium

While the Olympic motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger” is familiar, we also should acknowledge that Litigium — Latin for dispute, controversy or distress — is no stranger to the podium either. Litigium was evident at the 2016 games in Rio when Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia finished second in the marathon. At

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Posted August 31, 2016in Guest Commentary

It’s not only candidates whose word should be questioned. Consider comments we utter, too.

Taking people at their word can be risky. That’s why we question what folks running for public office say. But we might also consider some comments we utter on occasion. For example: “It won’t matter in 100 years”: (Don’t waste time worrying about likely futile efforts.) The catch here is

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Posted July 27, 2016in Guest Commentary

Of E.B. White, croquet balls and the press

  Writer E.B. White has a well-deserved warm place in the hearts of millions of people. It would be nice if his writing  also had a place among those who place profits ahead of informing people. White (1899-1985) gave us Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little and gave The New Yorker

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Posted June 29, 2016in Guest Commentary

What to do about our dividedness? Small steps can lead us down the path to progress

The evidence is strong: Americans are dividing themselves by category and issue, including personal values, politics, healthcare, international engagement, trade, war, terrorism, guns, wealth, income, housing, education, integration, race, religion, geography, sexual identity and family structure, to name a few. And what does that produce in our public and private

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Posted June 15, 2016in Guest Commentary

Better labels, better food

  Here’s an option for food manufacturers who don’t want to disclose all that sugar they use: Use less. Food labels are changing. In the past, you could only see how much total sugar was in your food. That included sugars naturally occurring in healthy, whole foods — like lactose

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Posted June 01, 2016in Guest Commentary

A commencement address for the most indebted class ever

The system is trying to squeeze you harder than any generation before you. Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements. But, I’m sorry to say, they’ve come at a price: The system is trying to squeeze

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Posted April 27, 2016in Guest Commentary

30 years ago: Sex and booze rocked the Iowa House

  The country learned that we in Iowa can indeed have a good time Thirty years ago last week, thousands of Iowans retrieved their Des Moines Sunday Register, “The Paper That All Iowa Depends On.” Most were shocked to learn from the front-page story that 24 Democratic members of the Iowa

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Posted April 27, 2016in Guest Commentary

Grassley: Make our courts as dysfunctional as Congress

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) — in his efforts to make the judiciary as dysfunctional as Congress — does not mind agreeing with Democrats President Obama or Vice President Biden when necessary to cover his butt from the backlash to his anti-court campaign. Nor, unfortunately, does Grassley mind disagreeing with

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