Opinion

What Jim has learned today

Columnists

I have learned that having a huge bowl of beans and rice for breakfast is a pleasure that will eventually be shared in a manner others may not appreciate. I have learned everything matters! Everything one says, one does, one thinks, it all matters. And sometimes it matters beyond the pedestrian ...

No to Rastettera

Your View

I have been following Alan Guebert for the past several months in Farm News on the subject of President-elect Trump appointing Bruce Rastetter for the role of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. I strongly oppose this action and I think the following articles are especially important to read on ...

Iowa’s rural economy remains strong

Our View

In the 21st century, Iowa’s economy is becoming more diversified. By any measure, however, the agricultural sector is at the heart of what keeps the Hawkeye State prosperous. Just before Christmas, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released a detailed analysis of how agriculture in ...

Sore Losers

Columnists

If you caught Donald Trump’s press conference earlier this week, you saw a fascinating spectacle. The incoming President of the United States did not filibuster answers to run out the clock like Barack Obama does. Like a New Yorker, he gave short answers, direct answers, then moved on. He was ...

Dear Mr. President:

Columnists

“Barack Obama is not Jesus.” Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you - a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator. “Yes,” I griped, “he has great potential. But is it asking too much ...

Dissolve the LLC?

Columnists

Dear Dave, My wife and I are debt-free, plus she has a business giving music lessons. We formed an LLC last year when she had several students and was making over $3,000 a month, but that all changed when our first baby arrived. Now, she has only a few students, and they bring in around $700 ...

Branstad announces final agenda

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Gov. Terry Branstad announced (Jan 10) in his Condition of the State address - delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2107. The governor's vision for the year ahead and beyond gives a high priority to: A budget that is balanced, stable and stays ...

Trump’s Enemies See an Opening

Columnists

“Fake news!” roared Donald Trump, the work of “sick people.” The president-elect was referring to a 35-page dossier of lurid details of his alleged sexual misconduct in Russia, worked up by a former British spy. A two-page summary of the 35 pages had been added to Trump’s briefing ...

Challenge Us; Don’t Coddle Us

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The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Ars Gratia Politics

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Meryl Streep made headlines last Sunday when she lambasted President-elect Donald Trump in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. Contrary to Trump’s petulant tweet in response, Meryl Streep is legitimately one of the finest American ...

Low fat dessert options

Columnists

If you’re like me, the new year’s resolution to diet has probably bit the dust. So, now it’s on to Plan B — let’s at least eat healthier. Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies 1-1/2 c. whole wheat flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 3/4 c. sugar substitute like ...

We are all accountable

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Take a look at Page C4 in today’s T-R. The elected officials pictured there and above represent your interests in Washington, Des Moines, Marshall County and Marshalltown. We publish their contact information not because we want to inundate them with questions and complaints, but because ...

Switzerland, space, and even more chicken

Columnists

Did you see what Trump said on Twitter last night? How about all the “secret information” being released by the paragon of journalistic integrity that is Buzzfeed? Or the Golden Globes? Won’t someone please talk to me for a few more hours about Meryl Streep’s speech at the only ...

Here’s the vanishing parent trick

Columnists

Today I’m going to be discussing a very important parental topic: hiding from your young children. Hear me out. Living with young children is like living with a team of paparazzi that are also Chihuahuas. Once you come into view, they’re on you, often with cameras and an endless sea ...

Beans explode

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The USDA updated its estimate of last year’s soybean crop on Thursday morning, revising the crop size downward by 1.1 percent to 4.307 billion bushels. This news was especially jarring to the market, which expected this estimate to show an even larger harvest. While the 2016 soybean crop ...

Marshalltown community pride

Another View

One of our vision statements is to have and convey a culture of pride and respect, with a reputation as a great community in which to live, work and play. Community pride looks different to everyone. It can be involvement in planning a community-wide event, attending a school program, donating ...

She’s back

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The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill. Even though the case against her ...

Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape’?

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A New York City police captain said he regards “true stranger rapes” as “more troubling” than rapes in which the victims knew their attacker. Outrage ensued. He quickly apologized, writing on Twitter, “My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault.” The ...

Where are we going?

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Dear Heloise: On occasion, when I travel with my child, even if I know where I'm going, I'll ask her to GPS OUR DESTINATION on my cellphone. When the directions are ready, she will, with the help of the prompter, guide us to our destination. I'll say things like, "What'd she say?" She ...

Academia may now be beyond satire

Columnists

WASHINGTON — The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering. In 1996, Alan ...