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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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Posted April 20, 2016in Guest Commentary

The unavoidable learning curve

We’ve actually heard presidential candidate Donald Trump promise that, under his leadership, we’d potentially get “bored” with winning so much and so often. Now, however, we’re seeing him get the most votes in Louisiana, but fewer convention delegates. The same in Colorado. The same in South Carolina. In Washington State,

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Posted April 06, 2016in Guest Commentary

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! God save Iowa and our Honorable Courts

The “Oyez” cry — a French/Middle English version of “Hear Ye!” — is heard at the start of U.S. Supreme Court sessions, but it could well serve as an announcement in Iowa courts because, Lord knows, the Iowa judiciary merits and needs all the saving it can get. By many

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Posted March 23, 2016in Guest Commentary

Obama was our glamour shot; Trump, our reflection

I am not a Donald Trump supporter. My newspapers endorsed Bernie Sanders and Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio. I also know my country is strong enough to survive any presidential administration, including his. At the same time, why are people, including members of the media and the

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Posted January 27, 2016in Guest Commentary

The Iowa caucus: silk purse or sow’s ear?

Iowa lore has it that after Monday the only ones still caucus-minded will be hotels and motels and car-rental agencies wondering if they will ever collect money owed by candidates whose campaigns fizzled during their Iowa ordeal. For the rest of us, caucus 2016 — and how it was trumped

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Posted January 13, 2016in Guest Commentary

No bed of roses: Iowa loses the ‘Humor Bowl,’ too

Wasn’t that outrageous at the Rose Bowl? To recall lyrics from The Music Man and the pool table crisis in River City, “Make your blood boil? Well, I should say.” No, I’m not upset about the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band making fun of Iowa. What bugged me was

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