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Wednesday
Feb052014

Super Bowl: A superb low?

With its commercialism, hype, gluttony, abject disappointment and false promises, Super Bowl Sunday may be the most honest holiday we have.

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Thursday
Dec121996

Snow warrior or snow wimp?

In Iowa, I was a normal guy when it came to shoveling snow. Moving to Indiana, where snow was rarer, I became Superman. But moving again to Minnesota became a big test of my snowmanliness.

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Thursday
Oct241996

Exercise your right to not vote

We have a mistaken, unchallenged notion that voting makes us better people and a better nation. But not voting should be an indication you care so much that you want to send some candidates a message that you don’t approve of either of them or their tactics.

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Thursday
Jun201996

Why kids should watch more TV

Politicians’ effort to reform kids’ TV is out of touch with voters and reality, according to recent polls and studies.

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Friday
Apr191996

When toys were designed to disappoint

Many toys made while I grew up promised great technological advancement and futuristic fun, but often didn’t work as advertised.

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Tuesday
Mar121996

Doodling in the pool

What does one home-worker miss the most about the office? Doodling and the NCAA basketball office pool.

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Friday
Mar081996

Evolution forces creation of silly obstacles

Creationism-favoring lawmakers state the obvious when they say the theory of evolution is a theory.

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Friday
Jan261996

A profound profusion of profanity?

Proficient use of four-letter words can improve productivity.

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Friday
Nov171995

It’s the game of the name, baby

Choosing name for newborn is less a great process of creativity and more a process of elimination.

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Friday
Oct271995

If only terrorists were cowards

Politicians who call terrorists “cowards” are not only imprecise, but are doing more harm than good.

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Friday
Oct131995

Computer checker raises essay questions

New computer program to check student essays shouldn’t replace teachers.

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Friday
Sep221995

NCAA’s new rule is nothing to celebrate

College football players should ignore the new anti-celebration rule; we all should feel free to do an end-zone dance when we’re deserving.

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Friday
Jul071995

Wavering over flag burning law

Burning flags and banning flag burning are both one-dimensional acts designed to play on our emotions.

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Thursday
Apr061995

Is it apropos to make English official?

Miguided attempts to make English the official language will create problematic red tape if bureaucrats are truly put in charge of regulating the language.

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Friday
Feb181994

Longer isn't better when it comes to state mottos

Proposal to increase the size of the state motto is either a complete waste of time or doesn't go far enough.

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Saturday
Dec111993

Ban on violent toys would not have deterred 'Donny'

Restricting violent toys would not have deterred a childhood acquaintance, who could turn even the most placid, tranquil playthings into blood-and-guts horror shows.

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Monday
Nov221993

Choosing to criticize Jack Kennedy not because it is easy, but because it is hard

President Kennedy became a legendary and almost mythological figure after he was assassinated in 1963. To someone like me born in 1964, he was portrayed as a revered figure on par with our great presidents, Lincoln and Washington. In this column written on the 30th anniversary of his death in 1993, I took a look at Kennedy and wondered how he attained such lionization.

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Saturday
Jul171993

Trying to show foreigner 'normal Iowa' fails during flood—or does it?

When I tried to take a foreign journalist on a tour to see the "normal Iowa," a historic flood intervened and I never got to show her what I thought was the "real Iowa." Or maybe I did.

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Monday
Oct261992

‘How to write a quiz’ quiz  

Can you decode the secrets of writing a great magazine quiz? To find out, take this quiz!

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Monday
Aug311992

The day I was a cowboy

Cattle truck crash brings out herding memories in a neighborhood far-removed from the farm.

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