Copyright 2010 by Tom Quiner Iowa is dying. The numbers are damning.  We’re not replacing ourselves.  Our population growth is stagnant.  The magic number needed to replace ourselves is 2.1 live births per woman.  That’s known as the Total Fertility Rate (TFR). Iowa’s TFR is only 1.98 according to National Vital Statistics.  We’re one of…

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By Tom Quiner As seen in the Des Moines Register on Saturday, July 24, 2010 It began on June 2nd.  The year was 1979 when the Alitalia jetliner set down in a land that history forgot for 123 years of its thousand year history.  A Man in White with kind eyes stepped onto the tarmac. …

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By Tom Quiner Illumination Media is a group that helps pro-life groups get their message out to the local community.  I’m proud to say I’m on their Board.  The ad above is now appearing on four buses here in Des Moines.  What a refreshing change of pace from atheist bus ads. If you agree with…

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By Tom Quiner Does God exist? This question is in the news more than ever.  We live in strange times.  Atheists have become evangelical.  Here in Des Moines and around the world, they advertised on buses last year in an effort to recruit acolytes.  Nationally, their books are best sellers.  Christianity is now under attack…

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By Tom Quiner The Gallup Poll surveyed Americans about their attitude toward critical institutions. The poll was conducted July eight through eleventh.  Gallup asked people if they have alot/great deal of confidence in various institutions.  Here are a few high points. The military and small business ranked highest, with 76% and 66% confidence respectively. Congress…

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By Tom Quiner Scott Stilwell plays at Grounds for Celebration this Friday at 6:30 PM I had the pleasure of working with Scott Stilwell in a musical I produced earlier this year called “A Living Heaven.”  Scott was that perfect blend of being fun, professional, and just plain good!  Check out the music section of…

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD0dmRJ0oWg&feature=player_embedded] What an interesting question!  It depends on the context, doesn’t it?  It depends on the principle involved. I pose the question in light of the great exchange in the video above between the late, great Nobel laureate economist, Milton Friedman, and a college student who is allegedly Michael Moore.  (I don’t…

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By Tom Quiner Society has a vested interest in marriage. The institution was established thousands of years ago as society’s way to protect wives and their children.  To this very day, we see measurable benefits to traditional marriage: Marriage reduces poverty.  The poverty rated for single mothers with children is five times higher than married…

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atD7sAJTiX0&feature=player_embedded] Governor Chet Culver should be ashamed. A group called “Iowans for Responsible Government” have been running attack ads against Republican candidate for Governor, Terry Branstad.  They smear Mr. Branstad as being too liberal, that he would make Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama proud. The goal of the ads was…

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNUc8nuo7HI] Why has America been exceptional? It is because we have embraced a set of exceptional values.  These values have defined and shaped our greatness.  The video clip above, taken at a forum at the University of Denver in May, talks about this very subject.  West Coast talk show host, Dennis Prager,…

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