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Royal delusions?

Editor's note: This column was originally published on the website: iowastartingline.comOur system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward.After 21 years in ...

Obama’s unholy trade policy

There's a reason Pope Francis has condemned "free trade" pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Pope Francis waxed radical on several big issues in his speech to Congress last September. He condemned the arms trade, called for climate action, and challenged lawmakers to protect the most ...

Three ways Iowa is ensuring safety and justice for victims

Iowa is taking positive steps to help survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking and violent crimes. Here are three recent pieces of good news:1. A new $2 million federal grant will help the state test a backlog of sexual assault kits and investigate and ...

Jeb Bush blows it on race

His quip that black voters want "free stuff" is pretty rich.The Republican Party has struggled for years to attract more voters of color. In a recent campaign appearance, candidate Jeb Bush offered yet another useful case study of how not to do it.At a campaign stop in South Carolina, the ...

A pilgrimage for love, justice, and dignity

One hundred women walked 100 miles to celebrate the pope's message on migration.One hundred women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis to Washington. Their goal? To bring attention to the U.S. immigration crisis - and to touch the hearts of our nation's leaders.They started their pilgrimage ...

Health care isn’t a bargaining chip

Women should be free to make their own health decisions no matter what they earn or where they live.Conservatives and progressives don't agree on much these days. Regardless of their party leanings, though, a clear majority of Americans believe that politicians shouldn't meddle in a woman's ...

Widespread support for water quality improvements

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award was presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Among the honorees were Mark Vernon Dengler of Dysart, Al and Ruth Schafbuch of Dysart and Chris Foss (Foss Farm Corporation) of La Porte City.The award recognizes the efforts of Iowa's farmers as ...

Georgia’s educational neglect

Some schools are still separate and unequal when it comes to students with disabilities.I worked as a substitute teacher in a Newton, Massachusetts middle school a few months ago.I taught a wide range of kids, including some with behavior-related disabilities. A few of these children needed ...

Opportunities for Iowa and Cuba

At age 63, I wouldn't change the years I have lived for anything. For example, in 1994 my family and I were traveling in Europe and entered the former East Germany. It was like going from color television to black and white. The bleached out buildings were reminders of what the post-World War ...

Property tax statement time

The property tax statements payable in 2015-2016 will be arriving in Marshall County property owners' mailbox this week.The Marshall County Treasurer's office usually sends the tax statements out to taxpayers earlier in August, but Marshall County has been working on a conversion of a new real ...

A new view

Similar to many of my senior generation, I have had a problem accepting the concept of same-sex marriage. My views have been fashioned over the years from a traditional perspective. I grew up in the Eisenhower years, married a great girl, graduated from college, and went to work for a large ...

What aboot Canada?

Let's play "What if ...?" for a little bit.What if the United States was the target of Canadians seeking a better future instead of Latinos?Would Donald Trump and Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry and those others who want to fence up the borders damp down the rhetoric a little?Not that I disagree ...

Sept 8: A very important date!

When we think about the future of our community and region, our No. 1 priority is education! I say this with absolutely no hesitation: it's education that makes the "World Go Round." And it's education that will be the "differentiator" here in Marshalltown that will help us both retain our ...

CIA are writing a book that will whitewash their crimes against humanity.

The CIA's torture-era leadership won't repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the CIA had tortured its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that torture never elicited any actionable ...

Marshalltown: STEM capital of the world

Well maybe I am doing a bit of self-proclaiming in the headline, but this is some self-proclaiming that we can back up in Marshalltown!It was very exciting earlier this week to be at the high school and see the youngsters begin to come in with their parents for the first day of a week-long STEM ...

Trading up for a better trade deal

As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand ...

Trump’s badmouthing deportment

The presidential candidate's rants have galvanized Latinos of all ages, backgrounds, and political affiliations.The chips just keep falling. The Professional Golf Association is one of the latest companies to part ways with Donald Trump. The PGA announced that it would not hold its Grand Slam ...

Unreported activities at the Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair does a great job each year of showcasing a variety of entertainment, with carnival rides, booths where you can win a 35-cent prize for a few hundred dollars, hosting competitions for growing stuff and cooking stuff and displaying Iowa's agricultural might with such things as ...

Things that make you go hmmm?

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one ...