Opinion

The way to clean a flat-screen TV

Columnists

Dear Heloise: Do you have any hints for keeping a FLAT-SCREEN TV clean and dust-free? I’ve bought a special cleaner for this, and when the light hits the screen, it is still smudged and streaked. — Donna S., Greycliff, Mont. Donna, cleaning a flat-screen TV or computer screen is NOT ...

Change needed to protect farmers

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We have experienced one month of President Trump being in office. Is it good? I don’t know yet. Time will tell. I’m willing to give him time but hope the outcome will be better than the past four administrations. For agriculture, anything will be better than what we are looking at now. What ...

Honoring Gold Star families

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The sacrifices made by those who serve in our nation’s armed forces are many. Unfortunately, some of these heroes must lay down their lives so that the American way of life can be preserved. These fallen men and women leave behind family members who must face the remainder of their lives ...

Trump gets a free ride on conflicts of interest

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WASHINGTON — It’s often said of the weather that everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. The political chatter here is similarly rife with speculation about how President Trump can somehow be brought to heel, but there is no credible plan. Numerous scholars on the ...

The difference between the campaign and governance

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During the 2016 election campaign, did anyone hear Iowa Republicans propose an end to collective bargaining for teachers and state employees? Did you hear them propose using “big government” to impose a statewide minimum wage rule preventing communities from establishing their own, or ...

News from Des Moines

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We have returned to committee activities with the aim to push individually filed bills through committee ahead of the March 3 "funnel" date. We continue to bring forward significant bills that promise to make this a landmark session. This week we filed a Firearms Omnibus bill, House Study Bill ...

Never too young, yet not too old

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The new year meant I hit the top of that dreaded “hill” – yes, the BIG 4-0. Since that day, my 11-year-old son has been trying to wrap his brain around the meaning of old. New questions are surfacing around, “Mom back in the olden days, did you have …” So, as I was tucking him ...

A danger to our democracy, the other side

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This is in response to the letter to the editor published on Feb. 21. Sometimes I am surprised and other times I am totally and completely at a loss to how others look at the world. Steven Covey in the 7 habits of effective leaders said to “first seek to understand before being understood.” ...

Support aid to survivors of fallen public safety officers

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U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has a long record of working hard to make sure that federal government programs accomplish the purposes for which they were created. The Iowa Republican is among the Senate’s most diligent watchdogs of bureaucrats at work. He has made it central to his mission in ...

Planned Parenthood’s pandering press

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Every time you hear the network anchors and reporters act outraged about President Trump calling on “friendly” reporters and the fact that there’s something desperately wrong about trying to avoid negative publicity and hostile questions, think of Planned Parenthood. As with virtually ...

Jane Roe, In Memoriam

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I first met Norma McCorvey some 20 years ago, soon after her Christian conversion. That conversion set her against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, and in which she was the plaintiff. Operating under the alias “Jane Roe”, McCorvey, 22 years old and pregnant with a ...

IVCE is on a mission

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Iowa Valley Continuing Education is on a mission to prepare individuals for college and fulfilling careers through English language learning and high school equivalency classes. We offer these important services at five satellite locations: downtown Marshalltown, Eldora, Grinnell, Iowa Falls ...

Thank you IVH!

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Anyone out there who wants to grumble best not take on the Iowa Veterans Home here in Marshalltown. My Ray, a Korean veteran lived here until he moved to Heaven and now IVH is taking care of me. Perfection or faultless issues are impossible in life because life is run by humans who ...

The Special Interest Fix

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The last two weeks have been the most contentious in my 17 years in the Legislature. In just 10 days, Republican lawmakers and Gov. Branstad unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law. After watching the events unfold the last week and a half, what we’ve learned is ...

Partisan lines stay fixed amid Trump turmoil

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Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d been over the previous two ...

What Jim has learned today

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When a dog comes into the room and sits on its haunches next to you while you are working at your desk and for long, long, intent moments unblinkingly stares at you, right in the eyes, the dog is most likely trying to telepathically “will” you to go into the kitchen. I learned that if you, ...

A danger to our democracy

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Donald Trump is a man who is a threat to our democracy. In addition to being a pathological liar, he is a man who is determined to control the media just as Hitler did back in the 1930s. His inane ramblings at press conferences plus his insulting tweets should warn us that this is a man who ...

We Need a Special Prosecutor

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The press has long reported that Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s one time campaign manager, had ties to Russia. Rick Gates, who worked for Manafort at the Republican convention in Cleveland, was named as an “agent of a Ukrainian oligarch” in a 2011 lawsuit. Likewise, Carter Page, a Trump ...

The uncommon preacher

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The acts of anger, vengeance, and public theft by crowds have lived in America for a long time. Do you remember when the republicans did this in the elections that they lost? Oh that’s right, they didn’t! The point I want to make is some folks believe that not every one has a right to an ...

Open letter to our so-called president

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Dear Mr. So-Called President: So let me explain to you how this works. You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President ...