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Veggies anyone?

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

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

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

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

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 ...

News from Des Moines

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Time to stop taxpayer-funded propaganda

The defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is long past overdue. No president, including Ronald Reagan, has seriously pushed an immediate winding down of this corrupt and outdated waste of taxpayer funds. Who would have ever imagined that Donald Trump would be the first to do it? ...

A nation of law, not politics, with Gorsuch

My first experience with Senate confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court justice nominee was in 1991 at the hearings for Clarence Thomas. I came to Washington with several hundred black pastors from around the country to support Justice Thomas. The hearings were a national embarrassment. ...

Wellness Committee forming in Marshalltown schools

Wellness is a vital part of the educational environment. Students can’t be expected to learn if they aren’t healthy and there are many studies out there that support a positive correlation between student wellness and learning. The Marshalltown Community School District hopes the ...

Perception: Trump’s policies are working

Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up ...

Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA

Every day, another onslaught of crazy out of this administration. Pick a day. Any day. Wednesday, let’s say. Before 7 a.m., President Trump was pretending he’d never heard of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who first started covering Trump in the late 1980s and came ...

Purity and politics

Readers of a certain age may recall ads for Ivory Soap, which claimed to be 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. If the soap could have reached 100 percent purity, the company would likely have made the claim. Purity, apparently, is what some conservative Republicans are demanding in a health ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned that according to an article in March issue of The Atlantic, in La Paz, Bolivia, a city of 1 million with serious traffic congestion, zebras are replacing traffic cops. Yes, I said zebras. La Paz got the idea from Bogotá, Columbia where they have replaced many traffic cops with ...