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The journey toward success

The meaning of the word “success” depends greatly on the individual and his/her circumstances. No matter who you are, where you come from or your skill level, the Iowa Valley Education & Training Center (ETC) is here to help you gain the skills you need to achieve your educational ...

Mayor Pete dares to speak love’s name

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is breaking American history. The young man, 37, from South Bend, Indiana, did something earth-shattering, something no straight white male contender for president has ever done. Not Abraham Lincoln. Not Teddy Roosevelt. Certainly not John F. Kennedy. Not even Barack ...

Stopping the campusfication of American life

Many people, years after they graduate from high school and college, have nightmares about taking exams for a course for which they have done none of the reading and are totally unprepared. They wake up full of anxiety and relax only when they realize they left school years ago. But ...

Mental health, property tax focuses as session winds down

In the legislature We are 14 weeks into the legislative session, leaving us with only two weeks until the scheduled end of session. This deadline prompted discussion on a number of substantive topics this week and many hours debating on the Senate floor. On Tuesday the Senate passed a bill ...

The truth

Around 1,986 years ago, Jesus was crucified on a cross. No major historian disputes this. Much about Jesus is disputed, but there really is no dispute that Jesus was a real person and that he was crucified. We actually know more about Jesus than many Roman emperors and have more contemporaneous ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, Dear Dietitian, My son is in the fourth grade and is beginning to form unhealthy eating habits. He eats junk food while sitting in front of the computer. He is getting chubby, and I worry that he will get in these patterns for life. Can you help? Signed, Worried Mom Dear ...

He actually was a great man

He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they’re confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with ...

Is Bernie stealing Trump’s ‘No more wars’ issue?

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars... I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added: “Mr. ...

Sunset in Santorini

Watching the sunset in Santorini, Greece was surreal. The pink and orange shades reflected on the water, illuminating the horizon where the island’s mountainous hills met the sky. It was the perfect place for contemplation. There’s something about a sunset that’s calming. But to feel ...

Happy Easter!

Today I have recipes for using leftover ham. Ham Salad 1-1/2 lbs. ham 1 hard-boiled egg 1 stalk celery roughly chopped 2 tsp. sweet pickle relish 3/4 c. mayonnaise 1 Tbls. mustard Assorted crackers and/or soft rolls Put the ham, egg, celery and onion into a blender or food ...

Notre Dame and tankers of water

At least he recognized the urgency. As the world gasped in horror at the sight of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral burning in a cataclysmic moment, the president of the United States imparted these words of wisdom: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act ...

Intolerance has no greater champion than Trump

And what will you say afterward, America? That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an “afterward” — that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. ...

Trump is hell-bent on ‘owning the libs’

President Trump is looking into giving a free trip to San Francisco, New Orleans or other great American cities to tens of thousands of refugees from Central America. All so he can own the libs. “Owning the libs” is one of those phrases to have emerged over the last few years that ...

My son wants to marry a bison

“Lucas wants to marry Ellie,” one mom said. “Colton talks about marrying Sophie. Or Jade. Sometimes Ellie,” said the other mom. They chuckled and then looked at me. “Who does your boy want to marry?” “A bison,” I replied. My son is 6. And he wants to marry a bison. His ...

Octogenarian walked 30,000 miles

The best way to interview an octogenarian who walked 30,000 miles in 30 years (1,000 miles a year) is to go for a three-mile, early morning walk with him or her. But don’t think you won’t have any trouble keeping up because the octogenarian will be doing all the talking. 85-year-old George ...

Alliant advancing energy infrastructure, technology

A lot has changed since Alliant Energy first began to serve the community of Marshalltown more than a century ago. Some of the changes include customer expectations for more renewable energy and new options to manage energy use. Additionally, customers expect us to maintain the reliability ...

Trump is right to call out Democrats

It is mystifying why Democrats are so up in arms about President Trump’s declaration that he is considering releasing illegal immigrants into so-called “sanctuary cities.” After all, Trump’s plan simply follows the Democrats’ own policy prescriptions for dealing with illegal ...

Easter outlook: Cheap eggs, pricey ham

As Americans prepare for the Easter holiday, they may have a hard time finding bargain hams due to the ongoing run up in pork prices. Hogs are nearing a five-year high as the African Swine Fever epidemic continues to ravage Chinese hog herds. Although the disease does not affect humans, it is ...

Generation Z and Thee

Interesting discussion at the Flat Earth Society last night. Not only did our ruling overlords withhold the indisputable fact that the Earth is not round, but the powers that be have also kept from us the undeniable truth that the first human beings on our (flat) Earth were born in 1981. Or ...

Criticism of Ilhan Omar isn’t incitement

A couple of years ago, I spoke at the University of California, Berkeley. My presence was apparently so offensive to a particular group of people that hundreds of police officers were necessary to ensure the safety of the event. As I spoke inside, the protesters milled about, chanting and ...