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Make Iowa ‘worthy of its children’

I started public school in 1957 in Weldon. It was 12 years after the end of World War II and many of the boys played war during recess. They often wore their fathers’ hats from military service. Once I asked my father why he never told any war stories or shared his uniform so that we could ...

Run, woman, run

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn’t elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right? Being women, however, we quickly ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned who and what I am. I am an American, a citizen, and this is much more than a mere accident of birth. It is a principle, an ideal, a dream to be nurtured and pursued. Up until two weeks ago, when James Hodgkinson walked onto a softball field with the intent to kill, I would have ...

You can’t take the low road to the high place

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist. It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of ...

Democrat Anger is Helping Republicans

This past week, after spending $30 million, Democrats lost their fourth special election since Donald Trump became president. So convinced are Democrats that the president is toxic, they failed to realize that in many parts of the country they are toxic. For perspective, in November last ...

Born in the USA Means Automatic Citizenship — but Is It Smart?

A reader from New Hampshire wrote to me to ask: “Why, just because you are born here, are you an American citizen? I know the history of this law but it is out of date and just encourages more illegal immigration.” Well, I cannot argue with that. The reader, who goes by the handle ...

Keep the Bike

Dear Dave, My husband and I aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a motorcycle. The bike was my dad’s, and I got it four years ago when he passed away. I’d like to keep it because I grew up riding it with him, and I still ride it today. My husband thinks we should sell it to pay off debt. We make ...

Safety cameras worth the investment

A proposal to install safety cameras in Marshalltown and throughout different areas of Marshall County is an idea worth pursuing. Earlier this year, the Marshall County Crime Stoppers Board revealed it had been examining the use of safety cameras in other communities and how they have ...

The Passing of the Pelosi Era

In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A Peach State pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed ...

Character Beyond Measure

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

Worth sharing, worth eating

Following are some recipes I recently tried that are worth sharing. Wild West Chicken Tacos 2 c grilled chicken strips, 1/2-inch wide (I used some leftover rotisserie chicken) 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. paprika 4 taco shells 1 red bell pepper cut in thin stings 1 c. BBQ baked ...

Cutting the ‘shortcuts’

When did we stop talking to each other? When did we decide that texts and emojis could replace a conversation? Obviously, social media and technology has changed the communication landscape — sometimes it has proven a faster, more convenient way to get one’s message across. Other times, ...

Peeling away questions & sleeving answers

You would not believe the psychological implications exposed by the act of peeling a label off a bottle. This discovery came courtesy of my wondering why they got rid of the safety caps on chocolate milk. Background: A couple weeks ago I spent my Saturday afternoon away from my usual ...

Children’s songs offer awful parenting advice

The parent who wrote the song, “Hush Little Baby (don’t say a word)” has a visit with Child Protective Services: Sir, I have a disturbing report here from some of your neighbors regarding various “gifts” you’ve purchased for your child that you’ve turned into song. Please sing ...

Storm Cindy dumps rain

As Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in Louisiana this week, citizens and market watchers braced for its impact. One big concern was that the storm could flood rice-growing areas of Louisiana, which sent prices to a one-year high at 11.5 cents per pound on Monday as storm watchers warned of ...

On ‘muh principles’

“Muh principles.” It’s a phrase we hear over and over on Twitter whenever someone criticizes morally troubling anti-leftist tactics used by members of the right. They say: “What are you, some sort of coward? What, are you worried about muh principles?” The phrase is meant to deride ...

Morality tale at Uber: Reputation still counts

Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber’s board effectively fired Kalanick. This was a direct reaction not to Kalanick’s infamously immature bad-boy behavior but to what his toxic personality was doing to the ...

Is President Trump the subject of a criminal investigation?

I was surprised last weekend when one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers told my colleague Chris Wallace twice on “Fox News Sunday” that the president is being investigated by the FBI and then told him twice that he is not. This same lawyer repeated the “not being investigated” ...

Fight the mites!

Dear Heloise: How do you kill DUST MITES? I just moved into my first house, and I don’t want any dust mites in my house. — Juliana L., Blacksburg, Va. Juliana, dust mites love our homes because they live on dead flakes of skin and dander shed by people and pets. They can live about ...

Let us plunge toward our fast-unfolding future

WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy ...