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Q & A on Chinese Currency and U.S. Exports with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

Q:What's the effect on Americans when China undervalues its currency?A:China's policy of intervening in its currency markets to limit or halt the appreciation of its currency, the yuan, against the U.S. dollar or other currencies has the effect of keeping Chinese exports cheap and imports ...

Laura on Life

By Laura Snyder A parent's highest priority is to raise independent, contributing, law-abiding members of society. We are motivated to do so because anything less could cost us a lot of money.During this process, we are obligated to keep them safe from harm, no matter how often they try to ...

Dollar Stretchers

Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Removing Pet HairTo get pet hair off carpet, clothes, etc., try using a rubber glove. It's a great pet hair and lint ...

Northey Comments on weather

DES MOINES Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October."Harvest has slowly started as many farmers continue to wait for ...

Slices of Life

By Jill PertlerThe legend of Bigfoot has existed for generations. The hairy, smelly creature has been sighted mainly in the northwestern United States and Canada, but his territory must be expanding because a documentary filmmaking crew from a national cable television channel recently ...

Dollar Stretchers

Dollar StretchersWant to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Greasy Pans?For easy cleanup of grease in a pan after cooking or baking meat, especially ham, put in the ...

Laura on Life

As a parent, you may worry whether your squirrelly, irresponsible child will become a successful adult one day. Can a child be successful as an adult if he never changes from a child into what society perceives as an adult?I watched a movie a long time ago that touched on this very issue. It ...

Slices of Life

By Jill PertlerControl. Many of us seek it with an energetic zest reserved for the most important things in life: winning the big game, passing the final exam or getting the last drop of Ketchup out of the bottle. For much of my existence, control was my quest. I pursued it with a zestful ...

Dollar Stretchers

Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Handy to HaveEveryone who has to use a walker to get around should have a back-scratcher in the pocket on the walker. It ...

Grassley Q. & A.

withU.S.Senator Chuck GrassleyQ: What is the farm bill?A: About every five years, Congress passes a comprehensive farm and food policy bill, covering a range of programs and provisions. The last farm bill, in 2008, contained 15 titles for commodity price and income supports, farm credit, trade, ...