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Moral absolutes: Where do you draw the personal and political line?

Before the coronavirus dominated the news, politics did, with Democratic presidential candidates promising (among other things) free college tuition, debt relief, comprehensive health care,...

The benefit that comes from last century’s perspective

The shackles could not hold us. The Evanses cast them aside last week and traveled to Bloomfield and Cedar Rapids to visit our parents. There...

Congress may not like it when Trump fires an inspector general...

President Donald Trump’s late-night firing of the State Department inspector general is only the latest in his purge of – and resistance to –...

Iowa lost an icon with the death of Catherine Willliams, 105

Iowa lost an icon this week. And I lost one of the most important mentors in my life. Catherine Williams, an extraordinary role model...

Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic

As the nation takes a day to memorialize its military dead, those who are living are facing a deadly risk that has nothing to...

Five reasons students should consider taking a gap year now

With many colleges and universities still deciding when to reopen their campuses after they were shuttered due to COVID-19, many high school seniors are...

A check with President Trump’s signature would have been easier to...

My husband and I were surprised a few days ago to receive our coronavirus stimulus payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card....

Lawmakers, please don’t lose momentum on mental health

The past two months have been stressful for all Iowans, particularly for children and families and that has put stress on our mental health...

It’s more difficult to comfort bereaved friends with no hugs or...

We always can use more humor. Even during a pandemic. At least that was my justification for a “thought” I shared with the world on...

Use universal principles to balance pandemic news

It is springtime during the coronavirus and the news is saturated with accounts of indignity, falsehood and violence — journalism mainstays since colonial America,...
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