RSS Feed : Opinion A feed of current articles not set 2014-09-02T11:51:20.872736Z Guest Opinion: Making microfinance work in the United States Maria’s homemade cheese business flourishes with the infusion of a $1,500 loan. Silva, a former dry cleaning worker, is pursuing an ice cream vending venture. These are not stories of struggling microfinance clients in developing countries such as the Philippines or Peru. Opinion The Elbert Files: Shotty's remarkable career Walt Shotwell, who died earlier this month at the age of 93, was an irreplaceable, uniquely Des Moines newsman. Opinion