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Hong Kong is a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’

Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng — lawyer, writer and former legislator — is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city’s youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about Hong ...

CNN tries to blame Trump for the Obama administration’s leaks

Here’s some advice for the media covering President Trump: If you don’t want to be accused of reporting fake news, don’t report fake news. Case in point: On Monday, CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto reported that a highly-placed U.S. intelligence source inside the Kremlin was pulled “in ...

Did we learn the lesson of 9/11?

It’s now been nearly a full generation since Sept. 11, 2001. There are people currently serving in the U.S. military who weren’t born when that act of evil took place — and the military still has thousands of troops in Afghanistan, the home base of the Taliban-supported al Qaida attack on ...

Debate should bring smaller Democratic field into sharper focus

The field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates has finally been whittled down by the Democratic National Committee to 10 qualifiers for tonight’s three-hour televised debate in Houston. The debate will be the first time the three leaders in the polls — former Vice President Joe ...

The four P’s

It seems like just yesterday when the tornado ripped through Marshalltown last summer, affecting so many lives and local businesses in the area and surrounding communities. People driving through town today can still see the devastation, and local residents and businesses are constantly ...

Dealing with the Taliban devil

President Trump was right to cancel a “secret” meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. The president is eager to ...

CBS flatters itself for ‘60 Minutes’

Think of the media’s daily disgust at President Trump’s patting himself on the back. Then watch something like “60 Minutes” and find CBS aerobically praising its own genius and celebrating the career of its retiring correspondent Steve Kroft in an hourlong episode on Sept. 8. Not only ...

Welcome, Walter

“It’s time,” our vet said. “Really?” I said, stroking Franklin’s head. “He’s the right age,” she said. She weaved her fingers through the soft, curly fur on his long back. “It might even make him feel younger.” Off we went, in search for a second, younger canine ...

Elites abandon norms

Wars by the elites on the people are flaring in English-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s being waged fiercely in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons and in the House of Lords. And in the newsrooms and greenrooms of American journalism. There’s much that can be ...

Christians, politics and Trump

Last week, Jack Dorsey had his Twitter account hacked. Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter, and Donald Trump is Twitter’s most famous patron. If Dorsey can get his account hacked, presumably the President can, too. A friend rightly noted this is cause for concern. What if someone hacking the ...

Yes, gun ownership is a God-given right

The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right. Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer established this beyond a doubt in a Twitter thread in the aftermath of the West Texas shooting spree. He said that he wouldn’t use “the ...

Dear Dietitian

My teenage daughter was recently diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia. She follows a vegan diet and has been taking a vegan supplement. Are these as good as regular iron pills? Mom Dear Mom, It is not uncommon for women of childbearing age to become iron deficient, especially if they have ...

Could the 2020 election be another 1980?

The final results of the 1980 presidential election between the Democratic President Jimmy Carter and his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan are rightly recorded as a landslide Republican victory. Carter carried just six states: his native Georgia; his running mate’s ...

Can Joe Biden run this marathon?

Thursday, Sept. 14, looks to be a fateful day in the half-century-long political career of Joe Biden. That night, a three-hour debate will be held, a marathon in politics. Biden will be on stage, taking incoming missiles for 180 minutes from nine rivals, each of whom is hungry for the ...

Waiting for Dorian

For the Eastern Seaboard, Dorian has become the Godot of hurricanes. Barely moving after hovering over the Bahamas for what seemed an eternity, the former Category 5 storm has occupied weather watchers and coastal observers for several days now. It has potentially forever altered the ...

Apple Zucchini Slaw

Today it’s all about zucchini. Apple Zucchini Slaw Dressing: 1/2 c, vanilla yogurt 1 tsp. grated orange peel Salad: 2 small zucchini, shredded; about 2 c. 1-1/2 c. chopped apples 1/4 c. raisins 2 Tbls. unsalted sunflower seeds In small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; ...

‘I am tired of the dying’

“I am tired of the dying,” said Greg Abbott on Sunday.And well he should be. The Texas governor was in Odessa, in the western part of his state, to preside over a mass shooting there: seven dead, not counting the shooter, and 22 wounded, one of them a toddler. This follows a May 2015 ...

White liberals have moved to the left of black voters

“No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they,” Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell last week. Bedingfield was pushing back on a single bad poll for Biden ...

Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?

Those immortal words are from “Charlie Brown,” the 1959 hit song by the Coasters, who are pretty darn immortal themselves. In 2019, it isn’t high school rebels who get picked on. According to Anna Goldfarb in her New York Times article, “The Right Way to Ask, ‘Can I Pick Your ...

68 is great!

The finches flew before us, hundreds of them, doing their “wave” flight pattern, their gold and black colors flashing, like fireflies in the day, leading us along their primrose path to glory. We had never seen so many gold finches (Iowa’s State Bird). It had to be the habitat: tree lined ...