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‘Principles’ shouldn’t be a matter of convenience

One of my co-workers at the Des Moines Register was Gene Raffensperger, an excellent reporter with a delicious sense of humor. When Raff was working...

Grief over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dread for what comes...

Bereft. That’s the only word I can think of that fits how I felt at the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. It’s not just...

The detection of phosphine in Venus’ clouds is a big deal...

On Sept. 14, 2020, a new planet was added to the list of potentially habitable worlds in the Solar System: Venus. Phosphine, a toxic gas...

The U.S. presidential election might be closer than the polls suggest...

With less than two months until the U.S. presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads incumbent Donald Trump in the bulk of opinion polls. But...

Federal Reserve hopes years of zero rates will spur inflation –...

In a healthy economy, prices tend to go up – a process called inflation. While you might not like that as a consumer, moderate price...

New bills offer opportunity to help Iowa dialysis patients

As we move toward the fall season, the COVID-19 pandemic still poses a major threat to people living here in Iowa, as well as...

We should not just accept deaths like Sabrina’s and Natalie’s

Twenty years ago, when the death of 2-year-old Shelby Duis outraged Iowans, I was confident the Spirit Lake tragedy would soon bring change to...

How can you have any football if you don’t go to...

If you’re too sick to go to school, you can’t go outside and play. If you don’t finish your homework, you can’t watch TV....

Coronavirus is hundreds of times more deadly for people over 60...

How deadly is SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? And what are the risks of death for people of different ages and demographics? These...

Bridging America’s divides requires a willingness to work together without becoming...

Amid two crises – the pandemic and the national reckoning sparked by the killing of George Floyd – there have been anguished calls for...
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