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Cutting corners in Marion

So it looks like 2015 will be the year of the roundabout in Marion.

Steady now. Don’t get dizzy.

Marion City Engineer Dan Whitl ... »

Butter cow beats local control

Here's a novel idea.

Each year, on a rotating basis, an Iowa school board should get to approve Gov. Terry Branstad's calendar. They decide ... »

Memories, ideas roll in for Wood

A  couple of weeks ago, I asked for your thoughts on how best to celebrate Grant Wood’s 125th birthday in 2016. Some of my colleagues ... »

Checking on Linn-Mar’s pick

First, let’s get one thing straight. Quintin Shepherd has no plans to cancel Halloween.

“I would say never,” said Shephe ... »

Straw poll should be replaced

Can Iowa Republicans resist the draw of straw?

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Pork pander tough to swallow

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined the Iowa caucuses’ pantheon of pander. He’ll be presented with the coveted Golden Pork Chop ... »

Gatekeeper calls it a ‘heavy lift’

Back in April, state Sen. Liz Mathis sat at her desk in the Iowa Senate watching a live online feed of the Racing and Gaming Commission’s vo ... »

My way, and that’s an order

When it comes to governing by executive order, I’m not a fan.

So when President Barack Obama issued his order last month giving tempor ... »

Drumsticks for the deserving

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all.

Years back, when I first came to town, I used my Thanksgiving column to hand out honorary turkey drumsticks t ... »

Searching for ways to celebrate Grant Wood’s impact on world

Maybe you’ve seen »

For garden guy, the lot beckons

In February, Ed Thornton will be starting seeds. In the meantime, he’s started a petition.

It’s »

Let the speculation commence

This is the sort of weather that lends itself to sitting by the fire, sipping a hot beverage of your choice, gazing into the dancing flames and pon ... »

Iowa water fund likely staying dry

Will this be the year our state lawmakers finally take the plunge for clean water? Don’t hold your breath.

Folks from the Nature Cons ... »

Fueling up for a gas tax debate

Now that we’re safely past the election, talk has turned to the prospect of raising Iowa’s gas tax. Funny how that happens.

Ac ... »

Ghosts that should be preserved

As a kid, I remember standing in front of enormous glass cases in the Iowa Statehouse rotunda. Inside were dozens of battle flags from the Civil Wa ... »

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