Opinion

Soybeans Swing on Hope, Fears

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Soybean prices sank near a 10-year low this week, trading on Tuesday for a mere $8.13 per bushel. A record-breaking soybean crop and low foreign demand due to ongoing trade disputes are stifling the market. However, when a market is severely depressed, it doesn’t take much good news to ...

Chaos or not, Trump is racking up a record of foreign policy success

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WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Power corrupts; sex and power corrupt absolutely

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We are watching in real time as two of the most powerful and influential institutions in the history of Western civilization — the Roman Catholic Church and the United States government — descend into depravity and absurdity. That these eruptions of corruption are occurring at the same time ...

Fear-based parenting

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WASHINGTON — Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. ...

The Politicization of the Kavanaugh sex abuse allegations

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This week, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was hit with accusations of sexual abuse from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University. According to Ford, some 36 years ago, when Kavanaugh was 17 and she was 15, Kavanaugh took her into a room at a pool party — along with another high ...

Trump’s lawyer rightly feared a perjury trap

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Bob Woodward in his inside-the-White-House book, “Fear,” explains why lawyer John Dowd resigned from President Donald Trump’s defense team. It was, he writes, because “Dowd knew he could not bring himself to tell the president: ‘You’re a f—-ing liar.’ “ The profane ...

‘Believe Women’ is perilous baloney

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I have a message for virtue-signaling men who’ve rushed to embrace #MeToo operatives hurling uncorroborated sexual assault allegations into the chaotic court of public opinion. Stuff it. Your blanket “Believe Women” bloviations are moral and intellectual abominations that insult every ...

Tips for positive relationships between home and school

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With the school year back in full swing, this is a great time to talk about the importance of parent and community involvement in our local schools. Researchers, educators and policymakers alike have all noted the importance of parent involvement as a key factor in helping students learn at ...

Parenting positively

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There is no such thing as a perfect parent. As parents, we can and will make mistakes. If there is one thing that we can do, it’s parent positively. The Zero to Three organization introduces us to the idea of “positive parenting.” It comes with the notion that parents should answer with ...

The media and Kavanaugh’s kangaroo court

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The erupting accusation of “attempted rape” against Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he was 17 show just how shameless the Democrats and the “Facts First” media have become. They are promoting accusation when the accuser can’t remember when or where it happened. That is enough to stop a ...

Are we still pretending Donald Trump isn’t lying?

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On the day after his inauguration, Donald Trump gave a speech at CIA headquarters. He lied about the number of people attending his inauguration, claiming the crowd was far larger than it was. He also lied about the media, falsely accusing journalists of manufacturing his feud with the ...

A cold wind off Lake Michigan — for Chicago and America

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“It’s the Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street,” wrote columnist John Kass in the Chicago Tribune. In case the references are unclear, whether because high schools haven’t been assigning the William Golding novel in the last few decades or because out-of-towners unaccountably don’t ...

Not every problem needs a federal solution

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F ifty-five percent of voters believe that Facebook has too much power. Forty-seven percent believe the same about Twitter. For those in the political world, such numbers represent an obvious call for government action. But voters disagree. Just 21 percent want the federal government to ...

Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court; Garland will not

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One of the most striking things about the age of Trump is that Democrats have convinced themselves all the misogynists, racists, anti-Semites and moral cretins are on the right and everyone on the left is either pure as the driven snow or their motives can be explained away. Meanwhile, ...

Reasoning about race

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So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same behavior. We can avoid many pitfalls of misguided ...

Gun violence target: the bullets

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The mantra “It’s the economy, stupid,” propelled Bill Clinton’s candidacy during the presidential campaign in 1992. His decision to highlight the nation’s then-struggling economy (and promise to fix it) helped him win the White House. One theme in this year’s midterm elections is ...

The unpardonable heresy of Tucker Carlson

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Our diversity is our greatest strength. After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.” Reaction to Carlson’s ...

Scooters outrun law

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I just zipped down a city street on an electric scooter. It cost me 15 cents a minute. Fast and fun! My scooter was just lying on the ground. I picked it up, activated it with my phone and rode away. When I was done, I simply abandoned it. Won’t it be stolen? No, because you need an app ...

School dsciplinary policies must be local

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The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. According to Title VI, racial discrimination at ...

Make the most of life’s sinkholes

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You just can’t make this stuff up. Last Tuesday I went out to take photos of some of the flooding on the north side of town. I pulled off on the shoulder of Iowa Highway 14 to get some photos of the water that pooled around the Marshalltown welcome sign — you might have seen it in the ...