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Posted August 06, 2014in Guest Commentary

Huge week for Des Moines hotels and restaurants

The National Junior Olympics came to town last week. Unless you were in a hotel lobby or somewhere around Drake Stadium, you might not have known. It didn’t register with the city’s daily newspaper. The reporters and editors didn’t even mention it in their “Area Events” listings. That’s a pity,

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Posted July 09, 2014in Guest Commentary

Nixon knew the public wants to be lied to; Branstad follows suit

Predictably, if Richard Nixon were around today he would endorse Gov. Terry Branstad’s bid for — yawn — yet another term in office. No news there. The reason for the endorsement might cause a stir, however. Nixon’s support would not be based on party loyalty. Rather Nixon would be impressed

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Posted July 02, 2014in Guest Commentary

A great day for America

Editor’s note: Last Friday, 64 men and women were sworn in as citizens at Jordan House in West Des Moines. Michael Gartner was asked to give some remarks. Here they are. Hello. I am honored to be here with Judge Pratt to welcome you as citizens of the United States.

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Posted June 18, 2014in Guest Commentary

Jesus the candidate: Soft on crime, He’ll tax and spend

Consider yourself cursed for the next 850 days or so. With the November election 120 or so days away and the 2016 election adding 731 more to the total, you’ll be cursed with tens of thousands of messages of hate, lies and stupidity — all appealing to the worst that

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Posted May 28, 2014in Guest Commentary

Reggie, the editorial, meets ALAS, the therapist

When you deal day in and day out with daffy politics and scary politicians, you run the risk of becoming a bit confused yourself. Maybe that explains why many of us were puzzled by the bizarre Sunday Register (May 18) editorial endorsing State Senator/Colonel Joni Ernst as the paper’s choice

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Posted May 14, 2014in Guest Commentary

Ernst steals Judge’s schtick

Patty Judge was offensive then, and Joni Ernst is offensive now. Ernst, a U.S. Senate candidate, is making a lot of hay with her “let’s make ’em squeal” in Washington schtick, recalling her days of castrating hogs. Republicans are eating it up. It must drive Texas oilman Mark Jacobs, her

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Posted May 07, 2014in Guest Commentary

Not exactly a sterling silver end to racism

People who enjoy viewing with alarm or pointing with pride had a field day with the soap opera and showdown involving the National Basketball Association and its face-off with the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. First there was widespread surprise and alarm that the team owner, Donald Sterling, 80,

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Posted May 07, 2014in Guest Commentary

A bad kind of rare

Brain cancer is rare. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.4 percent of all new primary cases of cancer found annually in the United States are of the brain or nervous system. It may be rare, but it is a bad kind of rare. And glioblastoma is perhaps the

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Posted April 16, 2014in Guest Commentary

A skeptical take on the sacred 67 of March Madness

Like any major cultural event, “March Madness” spans decades and lets us dip into many crosscurrents for added perspectives or to prove a point. For example, there were 67 games in the NCAA mens basketball tournament — including the four first-round or play-in games — and there are 66 books

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Posted April 02, 2014in Guest Commentary

Branstad and Iowa, a sequel to film ‘Ground Hog Day’

The Iowa film industry — beset by tax-credit scandals a few years ago — can regroup and recoup in producing a sequel to the 1993 film, “Ground Hog Day.” Remember that flick? Bill Murray is the TV weatherman stuck in a loop of Ground Hog Days. The film was directed

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