Opinion

Was Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian meeting a criminal act?

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Last week, The New York Times revealed that in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and chief confidant; Paul Manafort, Trump’s then-campaign chief executive; and others met secretly at Trump Tower with a former Russian ...

Time for the city and Alliant to listen

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In the early 1970s, a local woman sued the city to recover her costs of cutting down diseased elm trees on her terrace. She won! Elm trees on the terrace became the city’s expense. This, of course, was not retroactive for the many homeowners who had already paid out of their ...

Let’s not mirror Trump

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In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak. At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage it. Some liberals ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned about an individual with a very, very impressive résumé. Even though born to very humble circumstances, with no education other than what life itself offers, this individual’s work and life has consistently contributed to the wellbeing of others. He has built countless homes and ...

Reynolds is gaining influence

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During Terry Branstad’s long tenure as our state’s governor, Iowans became accustomed to his influence nationally. His management of the Hawkeye State earned him the respect and admiration of state chief executives of both political parties. Gov. Kim Reynolds has only been at the helm of ...

NRA cowardly fights for ‘the white to bear arms’­­­

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I­­t began in April. ­­That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, ...

Christianity, Inc.

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Eugene Peterson is not a name familiar to most Americans, but within evangelical circles, Peterson is well-known. He wrote a translation of the Bible called “The Message,” which is a preferred text for churches trying to lure in new members who might be put off by the “thou shalls” and ...

Liberal Values Are Bankrupting Us

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Recently, Gallup published the results of its annual Values and Beliefs poll. The headline of the report speaks for itself: “Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues.” Gallup has been doing this poll since 2001, and the change in public opinion on the moral issues ...

Using the grandchild for money

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Dear Dave, My wife and I have been helping our adopted daughter financially for some time. She’s 25, has been married for three years, and we don’t see this cycle stopping anytime soon. The worst part is, they will often throw in that our grandchild will go without something unless we ...

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

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“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless ...

McCain the Patriot

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In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

The ‘Recognizing America’s Children’ Act

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President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...

Something delicious this summer

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Here are three recipes I’ve enjoyed over the years. Chicken-Veggie Stir Fry 1 T low-sodium soy sauce 1 t hoisin sauce 1 c warm water 1 T cornstarch 1 t peanut or olive oil 1 t garlic, minced 1 t ginger, minced 1 t Thai hot sauce 2 c mushrooms, sliced 2 c broccoli slaw or ...

Deep fried into oblivion, served with bacon

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It’s hot, everybody is uncomfortable, and everywhere I turn it smells like a mix of recently exploded fireworks and swine; doesn’t it make you think of the Iowa State Fair? The thick, sticky air, the irritable crowds pouring over each other to see that big carrot, the dulcet tones of ...

Kelly the home improvement expert

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Each year, hundreds of unsuspecting men find themselves in a precarious position: forced to put shelves on walls. If left up to men, our walls would be barren, save for whatever holes or stains result from games we make up with friends. Guy: “Hey, let’s play ‘See What Sticks!’ I’ll ...

Lumber market on fire

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The lumber market roared near a three-month high this week as wildfires threatened forests and sawmills in British Columbia. There are nearly 400 wildfires ablaze in the Canadian province which is one of the world’s largest exporters of softwood lumber. Lumber futures, traded in Chicago, ...

Scott Bangston

Scott Allan Bangtson, 51

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Scott Allan Bangtson, 51, of Greenbrier, AR passed away on July 19, 2017. He was born April 20, 1966, in Marshalltown, IA to Allan Karl Bangtson and Mary Margaret Shaner Bangtson. He was preceded in death by his son, Derek Anthony Allan Bangtson; his father-in-law and his ...

A lovely day for all

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The 2017 Linn Creek Art Festival was a red letter day for Marshalltown! The three co-chairs, Amber Danielson, Kendra Sorenson and Neil Dalal, did a fabulous job of organizing the biggest ever art festival so that everyone seemed cool and relaxed. As an exhibitor, I was cheerfully greeted by ...

Yes, politics is dirty. No, it isn’t as dirty as you think it is

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Expectations define behavior. The success of a marriage nearly always depends on the expectations of the parties going in. If you believe marriage is going to be a rose garden of happy trips to the beach interspersed with moonlight dinners and foot massages, you’re more likely to end up ...

Americans polarized… on exercise

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The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. I ...