Opinion

Is a coming NATO crisis inevitable?

Columnists

Of President Donald Trump’s explosion at Angela Merkel’s Germany during the NATO summit, it needs to be said: It is long past time we raised our voices. America pays more for NATO, an alliance created 69 years ago to defend Europe, than do the Europeans. And as Europe free-rides off our ...

The culture leads, not the Supreme Court

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Just about every American election year is peppered with quotes from seemingly very serious people claiming that, for some reason, this is the most important election of our lifetime. This year, we’re also being told that the political battle to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

Trump needs to go deeper in questioning NATO’s blank check

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U.S. President Donald Trump limbered up in the bullpen for his meeting with NATO alliance leaders this week by riffing on one of his favorite themes: getting ripped off. “I’m going to tell NATO: You’ve got to start paying your bills,” Trump said earlier this week, suggesting that ...

Conservatives got it wrong

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Free speech won; decency lost. This has become such a common observation that it hardly merits a headline. But in a Wisconsin Supreme Court case resolved Friday, the plaintiff was that rarest of victors these days — a conservative professor defending his freedom of speech rights against a ...

Desserts first

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As the saying goes “Life is short, so eat dessert first.” Fresh Peach Pie Pastry for 9 inch two-crust pie 5 cups sliced fresh peaches (7 or 8 medium) 1 tsp. lemon juice 3/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. flour 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. butter Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. ...

Support Central Iowans moving onto the State Fair

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Pigs raced. Kids showed livestock. Audience members cheered, clapped and danced. Cooks grilled up and perfected a variety of dishes. Even the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture made an appearance. From new events to old traditions, the Central Iowa Fair again made its mark. The fair is reflective ...

Now I know just how the Gipper felt

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“I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.’’ — Ronald Reagan Now I know how the Gipper felt. Once upon a time, you see, I thought I was a little bit conservative. Mind you, I could never side with the right on social justice matters like the ...

Positive response to Cath Lab letter

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I read with interest the Letter to the Editor in the June 29 T-R by Gerald Ralston entitled “Cath Lab -minutes or hours” as his story is also my story. Some years ago I wrote a letter of support that the Cath Lab be permitted to be built in Marshalltown. With a family history of heart ...

Our strange relationship with the word ‘patriotism’

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There are many definitions of patriotism. Mark Twain said patriotism means supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. I like this, but it’s flawed. Sometimes your country — i.e., the people — can do things that require the government to correct its ...

Grateful for Marshalltown’s generosity

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On June 13, JBS lent their time, their delicious ribs and not one but two ginormous grills to raise money for Iowa River Hospice, as part of the weekly Farmer’s Market in Marshalltown. As the barbeque-laced smoke billowed and ribs flew off those grills more than $3,800 was raised in only a ...

I won Taekwondo…clearly

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After our daughter’s last dance recital and totaling up that seven costumes and six pairs of shoes that cumulatively cost approximately the same as Brazil’s annual GDP we decided to let her choose a new activity. For the amount that dance costs you could, theoretically, rent an entire dance ...

Support controlled legal immigration

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Concerning the “Families Belong Together” demonstration; I wonder if anyone informed the people who were involved that the practice of separating families at the border has been stopped. Of course they know that; but they will continue to harp on the subject. We have a very grave problem ...

A wild misinterpretation of normal

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I've been away from home for much of the past month for weddings and work meetings. On the way to the airport, my brother mused that he hopes I don't return to a home infested with snakes. Since moving to the wild, we have discovered the occasional scaled squatter after returning home from ...

Conscientious paper carrier

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I’m writing to tell the people about our paper deliverer. No, not to complain, just the opposite. We live in the 300 block of South 11th Street. We don’t even know who delivers the paper. But we are so happy about the wonderful way they make sure our paper is dry and close to the front ...

Bones discovered under hen house!

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I've known for a long time that there were bones under our hen house. A year ago this spring, when I was patching up the floor of the shed, getting ready to turn the shed into a hen house, I spied an old bone through a hole in the floor. There was a long bone attached to a knuckle with some ...

U.S. to be Largest Oil Producer

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The United States is poised to become the world’s largest oil producer next year, overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia to seize the top spot. Domestic oil production has doubled over the last decade as new drilling technologies, like fracking, have allowed U.S. producers to profitably pump ...

Trump isn’t attacking NATO. He’s strengthening it.

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WASHINGTON — As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany’s defense. “President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of ...

The culture leads, not the Supreme Court

Columnists

Just about every American election year is peppered with quotes from seemingly very serious people claiming that, for some reason, this is the most important election of our lifetime. This year, we’re also being told that the political battle to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

When abortion becomes a sacrament

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This week, amid widespread Democratic tumult regarding the selection of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alleged comedian Michelle Wolf paid tribute to the most important facet of American life: abortion. On her Netflix show on Sunday, Wolf dressed up in red, white and ...

Concern for migrant children

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Today all Iowa mourns the death of Gov. Robert D. Ray, the incomparable humanitarian leader who welcomed and resettled thousands of Asian refugees and asylum seekers to Iowa in the 1970s. Contrast Ray’s stunning demonstration of the historic American ideals of democracy, humanity and equality ...