Opinion

Dear Dietitian,  

Columnists

These days I am traveling a lot for work and eating out once, sometimes twice a day. How do I make healthy food choices? Signed, Chris Dear Chris, Traveling for business is often hectic and leaves little time for meal planning. The key to success is to plan ahead. Try to stay on your ...

We need to believe election results

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Democracy is a fragile thing. Ours has lasted nearly 250 years, but there is no guarantee that it will last forever. One thing is certain, however. If the people’s trust is undermined, democracy cannot survive. President Donald Trump has done much to sow seeds of doubt among his followers. ...

Trump raises the stakes with CNN

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Last week, the White House revoked the press pass of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, and denied him access to the building. CNN responded by filing suit in federal court against the president. Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights had been violated, said CNN. The ...

Thanksgiving

Columnists

Many people feel sorry for prisoners during the holidays because they’re separated from their families in relatively joyless spaces, comforted only by cold regret and crappy food. As someone who spent six Thanksgivings in prison, I know it’s not some Pollyannaish cliche to tell you that ...

Relief is yet to come

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It wasn’t a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House. Unlike the tea party revolution of 2010, when ...

Thanksgiving pumpkin recipes

Columnists

Today it’s all about pumpkin because no Thanksgiving feast is complete without some kind of pumpkin recipe being served. Pumpkin Pie Filling 2 eggs 2/3 c. sugar 3/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ginger 1/8 tsp. cloves 1-1/2 c. canned or cooked pumpkin 1 c. evaporated ...

An open letter to corporate media

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Thank you for printing “An Open Letter to Our Newly Elected Officials” Sunday Nov. 11 Page C3. Although I think all elected officials need a regular reminder to work on their constituents behalf it was a valuable piece. I ask you to go a step further and reprint it with the words ...

Community, UnityPoint must find common ground

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News that UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown would be eliminating its intensive care unit was another indicator of the cyclical issues the local hospital has faced. Simplistically, when businesses don’t make money, they can’t sustain all of their resources and when consumers believe an ...

You can’t always get what you want

Columnists

You can’t always get what you want. So said the philosopher Mick Jagger. He said it in 1969, so obviously, he didn’t intend it as a comment on the 2018 midterms. But progressives might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. After all, they wanted Andrew Gillum to become Florida’s first ...

I’m not a veteran?

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I volunteered four years from 1956 to 1960 in the United States Air Force and someone told me I’m not a veteran. Is it the men’s and women’s fault who served our country during that peace time that no country wanted to take us on in war? I’m proud of the time those people served our ...

Sessions’ firing displays Trump’s strange definition of loyalty

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The day after the midterm elections, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him at least temporarily with a more pliable loyalist. When Sessions got the news on Wednesday, he asked if he could finish the week. Nope. Close of business today was the answer. Now, as a ...

The issue of the ALF underwear

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The panties featuring the likeness of everyone’s favorite furry Melmac native appeared in my daughter’s drawer after my mom’s most recent visit. At 3, my daughter is the last of her friends to be potty trained. It’s been the perfect blend of her obstinance and her parents’ laziness ...

Beware of the invisible man

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In the week leading up to Nov. 6, President Donald Trump tweeted about the “killer caravan” 25 times. He has mysteriously not mentioned it publicly since. As someone that completely and totally believes in this chaosvan of hardened Latino pirates, zombies and 8-year-old girls the silence ...

Four books for the winter snow pack

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I’m going to toss out four books for consideration or consumption, like tossing out bones for the canine to choose from one, two, maybe three or all of them? The first is “Hold the Dark” by William Giraldi. This is a great wintertime read — cold, thought provoking, intimidating ...

Volatility Rocks Natural Gas

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After last week’s flare-up in prices, natural gas continued exploding and reached a four-year high on Wednesday. Fears of cold weather and smaller supplies sparked the rally, but panic buying drove the market to its top near $4.93 per million British thermal units, a 50 percent gain in just ...

Democrats are trying to steal an election in Florida

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott leads Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by 12,562 votes in the Florida Senate race. A margin of victory that large has never be overturned in a recount. According to FairVote, the average vote shift in statewide general election recounts is a meager 282 votes. “The ...

A declared presidential candidate who believes in what he has lived

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The world’s oldest political party has developed an aversion to discretion. The Democratic Party is manacled to an over-caffeinated base that believes that deft government can deliver parity of status to everyone while micromanaging the economy’s health care sector, which is larger than all ...

Those crazy Florida recounts: It’s Johnny Rocco time, see?

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I’d planned to spend the day begging editors for the hundreds of dollars it would cost for a ticket to see political rock star Michelle Obama launch her book (and presidential campaign) with Oprah Winfrey, and then join the rest of the media in pro-Michelle hysteria. I’d also planned to ...

Focusing efforts on tornado relief

Columnists

I want to begin this column by saying thank you to the voters who returned me to the Statehouse to continue representing all of you in Marshalltown, Bangor, Liscomb, Albion, Green Mountain and the rural areas in between. It is an honor to continue serving you.   As I knocked on doors ...

Nationalism and Patriotism don’t have to be opposites

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On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. There, he took the opportunity to slam President Trump’s “America First” nationalism. “Patriotism,” Macron said, “is the exact opposite of nationalism: ...