Opinion

Bipartisan work on mental health continues

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We continued with debate in earnest this week. Along with debate, we received many visitors. The Farm Bureau once again filled the rotunda with their members, including many of the board members from the Tama County Farm Bureau, Emily Ewoldt, Megan Eichmiller, Reid Monroe, Tyler Beenken, and ...

President 0. Dead man 1

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This past Wednesday, President Donald Trump should have had a successful day touting the military, the economy, job creation, American weapons superiority and his commitment to a robust military. Instead, when he visited the General Dynamics plant for an official Presidential visit, he went on ...

More University corruption

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Last week’s column discussed the highly publicized university corruption scheme wherein wealthy parents bought admission at prestigious universities for their children. That is dishonest and gives an unfair advantage to those young people but won’t destroy the missions of the universities. ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear Dietitian, I have recently lost 20 pounds and I’ve been exercising to keep the weight off. My problem is I sometimes eat at night out of boredom. I know I need to break this bad habit, but I keep doing it over and over again. Help! Thank you, Julie Dear Julie, Eating out of ...

Memo to Democrats: 2020 is not 2018

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Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, ...

Why Joe may be courting Stacey

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Of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High in New York City, seven were offered this year to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before. In the freshman class of 803 at The Bronx High School of Science, 12 students are black, down from last year’s 25. Of 303 ...

Roundhouse: A Marshalltown icon

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I’ve seen plenty of buzzer beaters, heard the Bobcat Fight Song hundreds of times and spoke as both a student and alumna in the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse. It holds a special place in my heart — and I know I’m not alone in that. Before officially starting high school, I used ...

Let’s eat cake

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring, so let’s eat cake. Blueberry Dump Cake 1 can crushed pineapple, not drained 1 pkg. yellow cake mix 1 can cherry or blueberry pie filling 1/2 lb. (2 sticks) margarine, cut up 1 c. chopped pecans Grease a 9- by 13-inch pan. Put in cake ...

Support the Iowa Valley bond referendum

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On or before April 2, community members get to make a decision that greatly impacts the future of our community. We encourage you to vote “yes” on the Iowa Valley bond referendum because we believe it is necessary for Marshalltown and the surrounding area. Community colleges are often ...

Too rich to run in 2020

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Donald Trump has given success a bad name. That is, the president’s much-boasted-about wealth has soured many Americans’ taste for even the Horatio Alger bootstrapping stories. These days, as income inequality has become a leitmotif of Democratic politics, being rich is a liability. ...

The road goes where the road goes

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People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked. But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on northbound Interstate 5 long enough, you are ...

Beto-mania a prime example of our cult-of-personality politics

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Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s biggest fans and supporters insist he is a forward-thinking, future-oriented visionary, but no contender for the Democratic nomination feels more familiar than the former three-term congressman from El Paso. That’s because he has the highest combined score ...

Caution! Children at Work

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If you’re sick of your noisy, crowded office and think that working from home would be an improvement, I have news. Your home is definitely an oasis of serenity, free of the endless distractions of a public workspace. Unless you have children. I can understand why you would forget that ...

Blossom’s great escape

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We were four deep from the stage to hear Bernie Sanders at the Memorial Union in Iowa City. A band was playing. We had another hour to wait. I didn’t know if my 70-year-old hips could take the standing. I considered sitting down on the floor in the middle of the crowd, but was afraid I ...

The perils of baby/dad-proofing your home

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From day one, babies are born with the instinct to test their durability. To them, their bodies are like a rental car — and they just purchased the largest insurance package available. They are fearless. If able to speak, babies would insist their birth is done unassisted from the top of ...

Iowa’s one-party controlled government creates havoc

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Most Americans would agree one-party countries, like the Russian Federation or People’s Republic of China, are not the best manner in which to run a country, let alone to live under authoritarian rule. Likewise, many would contend one-party controlled states, like Iowa, are problematic to her ...

Hog market sizzling

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Hog futures contracts continued exploding higher this week, setting new price records across all contracts. Markets rose the exchange maximum price for two days straight, locked “limit up,” as traders scrambled to buy bacon. Prices have risen by over 50 percent during the last month as the ...

The court should steer away from the politics of gerrymandering

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If an adjective creates a redundancy, does preceding it with two other adjectives give the Supreme Court a reason to venture where it has never gone before? Come Tuesday, the court will hear oral arguments urging it to referee gerrymandering in the drawing of congressional districts. The ...