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Teen magazines launch the Pronoun Wars

Some of the most aggressive cultural propaganda today is coming from magazines for teenagers. The biggest crusade is about sex (yes, as soon as possible) and gender, where biology is completely negotiable, and incorrect or bizarre pronouns are nonnegotiable. Teen Vogue Digital Editorial ...

A President with a rare talent

Star Parker is off this week. The following column is by Bernard Goldberg. I have long believed that Donald Trump has a special knack, a particular gift for making his most dedicated fans look foolish. These are people like Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway and the conservative media ...

No Recess for the American Public

On Tuesday, public outrage forced the Republicans to postpone their vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Two hours later, I stood with a loved one in an emergency room in small-town Ohio and got an earful from the nurse taking care of him. The nurse, with more than 20 years in ...

The Outlook After the Special Elections

The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they ...

Schwarzenegger and Macron blow hot air while France swelters

Last Friday afternoon, while a historic heat wave was finally subsiding across France, I strolled by the Elysee Palace, home of the French president, as a massive black Range Rover pulled up to the door. (This at a time when the transit authority was offering locals special rates to get us ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned there is a very real possibility that after writing this, more than 75 million young people, more than 3 million public school teachers and my little sister, may find cause to hate me. There are two yearly events from my childhood that to this day remain among my most fond of ...

The ‘United’ States is anything but

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead.” — Martin Luther King Jr., April 3, 1968 “But what we know — what we have seen — is that America can change.” — Barack Obama, March 18, 2008 Some of you may recognize the epigraph above from ...

Tit for Tat

During the presidency of Barack Obama, the media gladly circulated his view that Republicans were hostage takers and terrorists. After the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, journalists spilled a lot of ink covering Republican rhetoric and how it had fanned the flames of hate. Reporters went to tea ...

Medicaid at the ‘Tipping Point’

Former President Barack Obama is joining the demagogic slugfest against the GOP’s latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. He claims the bill would “ruin Medicaid.” Not so fast, Obama. Your health care law ruined Medicaid. Now, about half of all women who give birth in the United ...

Marshalltown: Destination fun

Ask anyone who attended last Friday’s “Live After Five” event and they’ll tell you that this is exactly what Marshalltown needs to do more of. Great music, food, drink and an abundance of community spirit made this gathering in the parking lot adjacent to The Orpheum theater one to ...

Not the most dependable of friends

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary ...

An America first Korea policy

“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.” So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week. But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see. North Korea has just ...

Let him be mad

Dear Dave, My dad wants me to buy a house on a 30-year loan for him and my mom in my name, and let them make the payments. I’m 24 years old and have a good credit score and a nice apartment, but my job depends largely on how the oil industry is doing. My dad filed bankruptcy nine years ago, ...

Make your holiday picnic delicious

Today I have some recipes for your July 4 picnic. Potato Salad 8 med. potatoes 6 eggs 1/2 to 1 medium onion, chopped 2 to 3 dill pickles, chopped 3/4 to1 c. mayonnaise 1/2 to 2 Tbls, mustard 1/2 tp 1 tsp. dill pickle juice or vinegar dash salt dash pepper Boil potatoes and ...

Plenty of good news to report

It’s the one comment I have heard the most in my nearly 30 years in journalism: “There’s never anything good in the paper.” That sentiment was echoed last week by two different callers concerned there was too much negativity in the T-R and not enough “good news.” The truth is ...

So you’ve decided to grill out

When the mercury crests the triple-digit mark the idea of actually cooking a meal becomes, at best, abhorrent. It’s already 100 degrees outside, why would I turn on the small box in my kitchen that produces hundreds MORE degrees of temperature? And for what, dinner? I can get dinner any ...

Humanity’s greatest achievement unveiled

In case you’re just joining humanity, allow me to share with you our latest technical revelation. A cure for cancer? No. A fully clean, renewable energy source? Better. Fidget spinners. Fidget spinners are small, ball-bearing devices that users can rotate between their fingers. The ...

Pork market smoking

Lean hog futures shot over 90 cents per pound for the first time since 2014, a move that could hit backyard grillers in the gut going into the 4th of July weekend. Prices have more than doubled over the last eight months as pork exports to foreign buyers have soared, especially to major ...

You should know, the flag is not a rag

We’ve seen American flag bikinis — stars on the bottom and stripes on top or the other way around. Flags are used as bandanas and curtains. They decorate paper napkins on which we wipe hamburger grease. They appear on disposable diapers and are draped over car hoods. It happens that ...

Working toward the best outcome every time

You may have heard that UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown is an affiliate of UnityPoint Health-Waterloo. It means the two organizations are officially connected or are partners. But why Waterloo? Why was UnityPoint Health-Waterloo, including president and CEO Pam Delagardelle, present during the ...