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Dear Dietitian

Chances are you know someone who has diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 million Americans have the disease. There is type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas no longer secretes insulin, so the patient must take insulin shots. With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas secretes ...

2020: Socialist America or Trump’s America?

In the new Democratic Party, where women and people of color are to lead, and the white men are to stand back, the presidential field has begun to sort itself out somewhat problematically. According to a Real Clear Politics average of five polls between mid-March and April 1, four white men ...

The Powell Doctrine has been repealed

Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

The future of Iowa’s economy depends on the Latino Community

It was 9:30 in the morning and my first stop was for coffee at West End Perk. This was my first time in Marshalltown and before I could initiate a conversation with any of the local residents I was approached by a coffee shop regular who immediately asked, “What are you?” The changing ...

Recipes to kick off the month

It’s finally April. Even though the temperatures are up and down, they are at least more up than down. Some recipes to kick off the month. Celery Seed Salad Dressing for Fruit 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 tsp. salt 1/4 onion (grated) 1/3 c. vinegar 1 c. salad oil 1 Tbls. ...

Kiss me, kiss me not

At a recent brunch here preceding the Carolina Cup steeplechase race, the host gave me a gift of hometown recognition and, though we are friends, extended his right hand as I approached him. As the gathering looked on, I ignored his hand and gave him a warm hug, which he returned. It was a ...

‘We are Americans first’

It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like “deja vu all over again.” In July, after all, it will be 15 years since a skinny guy with an odd name sang a hymn to American union. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America,” then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama told the ...

Both sides are wrong about the border crisis

When President Trump shut down the government in an attempt to force Congress to fund a border wall, Democrats and liberal journalists -- including many mainstream reporters -- responded by insisting there was no crisis. “I’m from the border, there’s no crisis there,” Rep. Henry ...

Bang Bang Shrimp

We were on our second helpings at the Chinese buffet (my dad was technically on his second helping but six plates in), when the lights flickered out. There were a few sharp screams and then silence. The crowded restaurant was waiting, bated breath. The lights came back on. My family members ...

New Job, Bad Job

Ten minutes. That’s all it took for you to figure out that your brand-new job was a real stinker. And you had so much hope. How much time had you spent hating your old job? How many job sites had you clicked on? How many interviews had you gone on? Too many, that’s how many. But it ...

Barney the barn cat: Muse and mews

Barney the Barn Cat, muse and mews, purrs while sleeping. Barney purrs when he sleeps. I’m not kidding. I once put my ear to his chest when he was sleeping and he was purring. Thinking that he might be sensing my approach, I sneaked up on him a couple of times when he was curled up, and it ...

Oil gushes skyward

Crude oil prices popped near a five-month high this week as oil supplies are threatened worldwide. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is continuing to maintain a production cut that was implemented last year to intentionally raise prices, while a series of crises exacerbate ...

Why was a well-deserved award rescinded from Mike Pompeo?

How bad has Trump derangement syndrome gotten in Washington? Consider this: On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to receive the 2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award, in recognition of the Trump administration’s work in releasing Americans held hostage abroad. The award is ...

Our waterways policy is crony capitalism disguised as patriotism

The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells Ross’ employer what he wants to hear: that imports of cars — “The Audis are coming! The Audis are coming!” — threaten “national security.” This report is required by ...

Is Bernie behind the attacks on Biden?

There was always something fishy about the #MeToo complaint against Joe Biden. Putting hands on Lucy Flores’ shoulders and smooching the back of her head is in no way sexual. Even Flores admitted that. Nonetheless, Flores gave a dramatic rendition of the distress it caused her. “I just ...

When you don’t appreciate your civilization

Last week, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Biden Courage Awards ceremony in preparation for his presidential campaign launch. There, in an attempt to forestall claims that as a white man, he simply isn’t intersectional enough to compete in the Democratic primaries, he critiqued a ...

Change Social Security to a program of ownership

I have been an advocate for years of changing our Social Security system to a program of ownership rather than government taxing and spending. To those walking around with the idea that Social Security is some kind of pension in which you have been investing for years — forget it. ...

Breakfast isn’t important

I skipped breakfast again this morning. I won’t worry about it. Yes, I’ve heard the advice. “It’s the most important meal of the day.” It balances blood sugar levels, kick-starts your metabolism, stimulates the brain, etc. A Harvard University study said men who regularly skip ...

Joe Biden suffers a political hit

Why does it seems like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Most people who pay attention to such things have seen Biden’s hands-on approach when it comes to women. Not until the last ...

Change Social Security to a program of ownership

I have been an advocate for years of changing our Social Security system to a program of ownership rather than government taxing and spending. To those walking around with the idea that Social Security is some kind of pension in which you have been investing for years — forget it. ...