Opinion

Trump’s latest invitation to his own impeachment

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President Trump’s abrupt walkout from a White House meeting on infrastructure legislation with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday has only heightened the controversy over a possible presidential impeachment. This huffy exit three minutes into the meeting with House Speaker Nancy ...

Want to make Progressives happy? Destroy everything

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The left destroys everything it touches — or at least everything it gets control of. This was not necessarily true when leftists called themselves “liberals.” But now that traditional liberalism is passe, its place taken by “progressivism,” it is a foregone conclusion. I was ...

A problem for every solution

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Among the many things that frustrate Americans about Washington, D.C., is the unwillingness — not inability, but unwillingness — to solve problems. One of many examples is the U.S. national debt, now more than $22 trillion and counting. As Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James ...

The Hollywood left hates Alabama

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill on May 14 protecting unborn babies from the slaughter of abortion. The vote wasn’t close in the state legislature: 74-3 in the House, 25-6 in the Senate. One more state has come to its senses. There’s a wave of pro-life bills being passed in the ...

Alabama and Georgia abortion laws on right track

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When we talk about “pro-life” in our national discussion about abortion, “life” is understood to be about the unborn child in the mother’s womb. But it would serve us well to expand our understanding about what “pro-life” means. We should understand that respecting the ...

Welcome to the dystopia of Alabama

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Let’s start with a few facts about the children currently living in Alabama. Twenty-six percent of them — more than 285,280 — lived in poverty in 2018, which is the most recent year for available data. About 30 percent of Alabama’s children living in poverty are younger than 5. ...

Will ‘Whiteshift’ save America from ethnic strife?

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If you’ve been paying any attention at all to journalism in recent years — maybe not a good idea, but if you have — you surely have noticed those stories predicting, often with a certain relish, that the United States is about to become a majority-minority country. Such predictions, as ...

Blaine paid a steep price

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Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more disreputable ...

No room for honesty

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Listen to various abortion activists and Hollywood-faded stars and you might be under the impression that Georgia, Alabama and other states have just passed laws that could give women the death penalty for having abortions. In fact, some news outlets have run stories that these states would ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear readers, When I told friends and family that I would be writing about the microbiome this week, there were some raised eyebrows. My friend Ken said, “Of course, the microbiome. What is that?” The microbiome, sometimes referred to as microbiota, is the collection of microorganisms ...

A story ‘too good to check’

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Shortly after the cooling of the earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, quite possibly, ...

Who wants this war with Iran?

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Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won’t be any war. ... We don’t seek a war, and (the Americans) don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.” The ayatollah’s ...

Growing a strong, diverse workforce

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Last month, UnityPoint was privileged to help host a community forum with representatives from non-profits, K-12 and higher education, small and medium business, city government, public safety and civil servants to discuss Marshalltown’s robust efforts in creating a community open to all ...

Stir Fry Ramen Dinner

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Since the Banana Cream Pie requires a little more time to make, I included a really easy stir-fry recipe. Stir Fry Ramen Dinner 2 pkgs. Ramen noodles Leftover cooked meat or half chicken breast or equivalent beef or pork (raw) Vegetables from your refrigerator 2 packets seasoning ...

Letter Carriers Food Drive brings in 10K+ pounds of food

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The Emergency Food Box and Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who generously donated to the successful Letter Carriers Food Drive that was held Saturday. Marshalltown’s response to this year’s drive was excellent — with a final total of 10,123 pounds. We are truly grateful for ...

The adorable Doris Day

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Growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s, there was no avoiding the adorable Doris Day. She was cute as a bug, wholesome, winsome and adored, at least in movies, by the swooning-est leading men in Hollywood — Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and Clark Gable, to name a few. As a young girl, I simply loved ...

Mike Pence was right, inadvertently

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Mike Pence was right. At least, inadvertently, he was. In a commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, the Christian evangelical college in Virginia, the vice president warned graduates that they should expect to be “shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the ...

Holding Barr in contempt is a case of dirty politics

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Ever since Donald Trump came down that Trump Tower escalator to announce his candidacy for president, we’ve heard a great deal about the abuse of norms — constitutional norms, democratic norms, norms of decency, all kinds of norms. For Trump supporters, the president’s frequent violations ...

A smell a week in the making

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“Dear Lord, did someone die in here?”We rolled down the windows. We blasted the air conditioning. I considered driving the car through the car wash with the sunroof open. We had just returned to our car after it sat in the sun for a week while we went on a cruise. In our absence, ...