Opinion

It doesn’t have to be a deal breaker

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Dear Dave, One of my relatives just graduated from college with $20,000 in student loan debt. Her boyfriend graduated, too, and he has over $100,000 in student loan debt. They want to get married, so she’s looking for a job. He wants to go to graduate school, and take out more loans to ...

Income vs. expense

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Regarding your article “Official : Undocumented immigrants do pay taxes” dated March 18: It is reassuring to know that a great deal of tax money flows into the various taxing agencies from undocumented immigrants. Since the article used tax income to justify undocumented behavior your ...

Will Russiagate Backfire on the Left?

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The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based on a fairy tale. In Monday’s Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump’s tweet that ...

An income tax question

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An article on the front page of the March 18 T-R titled “Official: Undocumented immigrants do pay taxes” left me with many questions. I am curious if other readers also had questions. The article quoted an employee with a local tax preparation company in Marshalltown. Some of the quotes ...

We Americans Need to Know Each Other

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Let’s admit it: America has become a land of strangers. Even before headphones, PCs and smartphones — all of which were heralded as breakthroughs in human communication but have turned out to be instruments of further isolation — we had begun disconnecting from each other. More and ...

Thank you everyone!

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The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit #46 Marshalltown thanks the businesses listed below for providing merchandise and certificates for prizes for the March 20 St. Patrick’s Day annual card party: 3rd Generation Upholstery, Advanced Auto Parts, American Legion Lounge, Amrose Salon, ...

Veggies anyone?

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Today I am sharing three of my favorite veggie recipes. Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed and cut lengthwise into strips 1-1/2 Tbls. olive oil 1 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. onion powder Line cookie sheet with ...

The brilliance of these shining stars

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Despite all the grousing and complaining about politics, the current state of the world and what the future might hold, I’m really not worried. In today’s T-R, you’ll meet 49 incredible reasons why I’m so confident and at ease when you read our “Leaders of Tomorrow” special ...

Unwinding with McCoy, Carmichael and Briscoe

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OK, time to level with you guys. Right now it’s just about 5 in the morning on Thursday, March 23. Normally by this point in the evening (morning) my column is done, proofed, read aloud to an empty room, proofed again, and on the page, ready to print and I’m in line for my post-column ...

It’s time for must-cry television

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Due to work schedules my wife hasn’t had a lot of time to spend with me, which would understandably drive ANY woman crazy. I can easily tell this when she says things like, “How long have you been standing there?” And so forth. So of COURSE I felt sorry for her. One evening I ...

Searing Brazilian scandal sends steaks higher

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April cattle futures exploded this week to the highest level in over a year, nearing $1.23 per pound. The price rally is a welcome relief for ranchers who have seen prices rise over 25% from bankruptcy-inducing levels under $1 per pound last fall. Buying was prompted by reports that Brazilian ...

Don’t blame Republicans

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The Times-Republican recently printed a letter to the editor and a guest column I would like to respond to. State Rep. Mark Smith and the letter writer are cut from the same cloth. They both wrote their total dislike for Republicans. The letter writer also says God’s authority is a myth. ...

News from Des Moines

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Tuesday was Homeschool day at the capitol. The building was filled with Homeschooling families learning about their Capitol and their government. I had the pleasure of meeting with several families from Tama and Marshall counties in the House chamber. On Thursday I was visited by a group of ...

In the Legislature

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Wednesday was REC Day on the Hill and I was able to meet with REC members from our community. It was a great opportunity to catch up with friends in the REC industry. These electric cooperatives are owned by their members and governed by elected directors of the membership, ensuring they meet ...

The Trump ‘faithful’ get the budget cuts they voted for

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Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump’s fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, “one of the Trump faithful,” attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of ...

Make germs on the tray fly away!

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Dear Heloise: Most airplane flights these days do not have enough time between layovers for the cleaning crew to wipe down TRAY TABLES. To keep from picking up germs, I pack several antibacterial wipes and keep them in my purse to wipe down the trays and armrests. It’s also handy to use in ...

Whatever replaces Obamacare will look a lot like Obamacare

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WASHINGTON — “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.” The problem is not that, as is ...

Trump refuses to back away from his ugliest lie

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WASHINGTON — President Trump continues to insist that former President Barack Obama ordered surveillance against him at Trump Tower during the 2016 election, despite FBI Director James Comey’s flat assertion to the contrary this week. Comey’s public testimony before the House ...

Don’t shortchange justice: Fully fund the Judicial Branch

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Every year, legislators at the Iowa Capitol debate the role civil servants should play in moving the state forward. Sometimes, as we’ve seen in the past few weeks, the issue of collective bargaining comes up in the conversation. And sometimes (as in the case of collective bargaining) public ...

Apps for parents

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Technology sure does change the way we operate in this big ‘ol world. What once took us hours to look up in a library or in an encyclopedia, can now be found in a matter of seconds or minutes. It appears there is an “app” for just about anything, even parenting. Here are a few parenting ...