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Don’t look now, but ‘Education Spring’ is here

“Education Spring”-the rise of public education advocates against the business-backed privatization movement-is spreading across the country and has finally reached Washington. But if you’re wondering why standardized testing is causing such a stink these days (after all didn’t we manage OK with the SAT, ACT and other tests?) all you have to do is go back to where this all started in Texas. Providing cautionary tales to the rest of the country is a public service we provide here. You’re welcome.

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Friday 02/20/2015
Just who was Joe Paterno?
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 12:09 pm

This June marks three years since Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of sexual abuse on a monstrous scale.

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Monday 02/16/2015
Diary gives glimpse into early farm life
Posted: February 16, 2015

An excellent first hand account of everyday life on an early Lee County farm can be found in the diary of Eldon Chesnut, written in the year 1875. Eldon’s father, Robert, or “old Bob” as he came to be called within the family, came to Iowa from Pennsylvania in 1824 and worked as a carpenter. In 1836, he proved up a claim in section 32 of green bay Township and built a log cabin. The cabin was replaced with a frame house in 1850 and that original claim, overlooking both the Green Bay Bottoms and the Skunk River valley remains in the Chesnut family to this day.

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The good news? Tax time comes but once a year
Posted: February 16, 2015

About three years ago I was driving at night near New London. I was listening to the radio, minding my own business when a deer decided to take a wildlife dare. That’s what I call it when a deer runs in front of a fast-moving vehicle and goes to be with Bambi’s mother. Surely the animal would have had to have been dared to run in front of an old man driving a Grand Prix. That scenario is dangerous enough for other motorists, for Pete’s sake.

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Friday 02/13/2015
Sports Illustrated’s Plus-Size Controversy
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 12:41 pm

You’ve probably heard the hullabaloo about this year’s “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue. The average American woman wears a size 14, but SI is just now acknowledging such “plus-size” women, allowing model Ashley Graham (size 14) into a PAID ADVERTISEMENT and Australian model Robyn Lawley (who doesn’t really think of her size 12 physique as making her plus-size) into the editorial content.

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Thursday 02/12/2015
Six months won’t solve Williams’ woes
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Brian Williams probably isn’t a liar. Based on recent revelations, amplifications and clarifications, he appears to be a serial exaggerator.

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
Valentine’s Day: No ‘Tipping’ Allowed
Posted: February 10, 2015

The internet is really wasted on me and wife Melissa around Valentine’s Day.

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Friday 02/06/2015
Why Unemployed Men Don’t Do Housework
Posted: February 06, 2015

Women have long been annoyed that they do more housework than men, as demonstrated by many studies, but now they are really steamed.

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See the bigger picture with the pipeline
Posted: February 06, 2015

Here in Iowa we take great pride in the fact that our farmers’ hard work fuels not just the region, but the nation as a whole. For generations, farming has been a way of life characterized by hard work, good stewardship, and the satisfaction that comes from cultivating the land to feed your family and the world. Our farmers’ hard work provides us with one of the nation’s must robust economies, but we must maintain a clear view of both the opportunities and obstacles that will weigh on our future.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Brian Williams’ Misremembering
Posted: February 04, 2015

So NBC’s Brian Williams is off his anchor desk for six months -- wanna bet it’ll be a LOT longer than that? -- and has gone from being a respected anchor to a godsend to comedy writers, internet ridicule, and Jerry Seinfeld punch lines.

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Monday 02/02/2015
A Recipe for Happiness
Updated: February 02, 2015 - 2:19 pm

In l948, my first child was injured at birth and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. I could not find help for her anywhere because at that time no one knew anything about Cerebral Palsy except that it was a brain injury.

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