Opinion

Parenting in the age of social media

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Parenting is hard. Parenting in an age of social media, instant access, and constantly changing technology is even harder. Common Sense Media recently reported that children ages eight and under spend an average of two and a quarter hours a day using screens (TVs, DVDs, mobile devices, ...

There they go again!

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An old refrain was recently heard again out at the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH). Last week, Commandant Oujiri announced the pending closure of Heinz Hall (HH) in 2018, reduction of veterans at that level by about half, and their relocation to the Sheeler Building where they would share a room in ...

Our Country Turns to You, Alabama

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Like so many women in recent days, I’ve discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14. My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most “forever” postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew ...

Will Political Setbacks Unite the Republican Party?

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The inexorable workings of the political marketplace seem to be enforcing some discipline over hitherto fissiparous Republican politicians. The question is whether this is happening too late to save the party’s declining prospects in the 2018 midterm elections. You can see this in ...

As if you’re not worried enough … enter Brett Talley

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You are not worried enough. Granted, that may seem a nonsensical claim. Assuming you don’t belong to the tinfoil hat brigades who consider Donald Trump the greatest thing to hit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Abraham Lincoln left for the theater, you’ve spent the last year worrying as ...

Resist proposed legislation

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I was encouraged to read in Sunday’s newspaper about one of our excellent local community service organizations speaking on Compassion at the End of Life. But then I read on. I was horrified! “Most every person has had the experience of watching a loved one slowly die and wish they could ...

Reynolds helps shape state’s economy

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Having an economy with a diverse array of jobs and a workforce with the skills to fill them are both vitally important to the future of the Hawkeye State. That’s why an announcement Gov. Kim Reynolds made on Nov. 14 is extremely significant. The governor said two new registered ...

Quid est Veritas?

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“Quid est veritas?” Pontius Pilate asked Jesus of Nazareth. What is truth? It is in short supply in the 21st century. Western civilization is not really in decline, as many fret. It is reverting to its Greco-Roman pre-Christian norms. In the Roman Empire, the vast majority of the ...

There’s a proper forum for ‘M’ discussion

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In response to Mr. Latham’s letter to the editor in the Nov. 18 edition concerning the F4 Veterans Memorial on American Legion grounds, I would first like to say I apologize if the location chosen for the “M” offended any of my fellow veterans. Diminishing the meaning of the memorial was ...

Move the ‘M’

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I totally agree with Col. Joe Latham’s letter regarding the inappropriate placement of the large promotional Marshalltown M in the memorial site where the F-4C Phantom Jet fighter is located on S. 6th St. As a retired veteran who thinks the site was so well done, I was surprised and greatly ...

Dave Says

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Dear Dave, Our son is about to graduate from law school. He took out a loan to cover the cost, but we’ve always been debt-free and have been paying on it to help him out while he finishes his studies. The balance on the loan right now is around $30,000. He has a job waiting for him after he ...

Giving Thanks!

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Editor’s note: At the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this column from 2015. When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, And I fall asleep counting my blessings. When my bankroll is getting small, I think of when I had none at ...

Cheeseburger Paradise Lost

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I learned … that in my life … the cheeseburger, a thing once taken for granted, has become a disputed territory, a geographical dichotomy, a place at once occupied by two opposing natures … a battle ground. Since I was a boy, the cheeseburger has been a part of my identity and ...

Giving back never felt so good

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Giving back to the community is an extremely important function of being a productive citizen. When I was asked to help recently I was more than happy to oblige. “I would love to give you money,” I replied to the lady who had been knocking on my door. “Thank you, but we’re ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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Today’s recipes include one for a Cranberry Applesauce side dish for Thanksgiving and two non-turkey recipes to try before the big upcoming feast, Crock Pot Cranberry Applesauce 1 c. fresh cranberries 8 apples, peeled, cored and chopped 1/2 c. sugar 1 cinnamon stick, halved 6 whole ...

‘M’ has no place within veterans memorial

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I suspect that many of the folks who travel on South 6th Street past the F-4C Phantom jet fighter are unaware that the fenced-in site was dedicated as a memorial to all Central Iowa Veterans in October 1993, and that the aircraft belongs to the U.S. Air Force Museum. It is on loan to American ...

Future Files

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Record oil production in U.S. U.S. oil production reached an all-time record last week, with drillers pumping over 9.6 million barrels per day. Domestic oil drilling has boomed during the last decade as new technologies have allowed for a sharp increase in production at lower cost. Oil fields ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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Given the threat of North Korea’s impending nuclear capabilities, increased mass shootings in our own country, intolerant demonstrations in our communities and on college campuses, our politicians, not only being at odds with members of the opposite party, but also disagreeing with members in ...

STEM starts at birth, with YOU

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STEM is the new buzz acronym. It involves how we incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into everyday learning to improve crucial brain development in children. For many, the misconception is that STEM is introduced later in school-aged children. However, STEM begins with ...

A moving experience

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Evidence that when Democrats rule taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities exceeding, $4 a ...