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  • Goodbye state fair, hello Christmas?

    To say my girlfriend is a fan of Christmas would be a slight understatement. Following last year’s holiday season, our Christmas tree stood decorated ...
    UPDATED: Aug. 21, 2014 - 2:39 pm
  • We all scream for ice cream

    After a few unsuccessful attempts in the last week, I finally got a really good look at the ice cream truck man the other day. Maybe I am being extra ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • The bigger issue behind the Michael Brown situation

    Nothing creates unity quite like tragedy, and make no mistake about it —  the execution of Michael Brown is a tragedy.
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • September school start date good for students

    My hat’s off to the opponents of September school start dates for creativity when offering explanations for starting school in early August. As a 37 y ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • An unwanted guest

    Our dog, Homer, has brought us entertainment and unconditional love since they day we picked him up from my brother’s house (more to that story in a b ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 11:35 am
  • A ticket to Sarah Palin's funhouse

    I figured the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right Congress critters assured my state the glory of bei ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 11:35 am
  • Solar power gets hot, hot, hot

    Aug. 18, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Jack Hall, World War II vet

    Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series.When George W. Hall, of Keokuk, was 4 years old ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 3:51 pm
  • Only the good die young

    I was first introduced to suicide in eighth grade.In English class, our teacher had us watch Dead Po ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 11:02 am
  • Have a wonderful vacation — or else

    I don’t believe it! Summer is almost over and you haven’t taken your vacation yet. And I’m not talking about your 2014 vacation. I’m talking 2013. And ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • My day with Mr. State Fair

    I grew up less than two blocks from the Iowa State Fairgrounds. On the south side of the complex, my neighborhood was inundated each year with cars, S ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • In defense of killing the clematis

    Ladies and gentleman of the jury, you have heard a lot of evidence throughout the course of this trial that my client allegedly killed his wife’s clem ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Toddlers in tents

    Last weekend, my group of friends and I headed off to our annual camping trip. Over the years, we have solidified this event — the number of people in ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Why small businesses want minimum wage increase

    If Congress actually listened to small business owners, the minimum wage would be going up. Instead, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • How to do the Iowa State Fair on a budget

    As many of you know, journalists are the starving artists of the media world. With that said, the day before pay day is the day when pockets that are ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 11:00 am
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