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Growing right-wing intolerance for inconvenient facts

Some people will call it surprising that a reporter was reportedly assaulted Wednesday night by a political candidate. Truth is, it is not surprising in the least. For those who hadn’t heard: Greg Gianforte, a Montana Republican running for Congress, was charged with misdemeanor assault for ...

Secular Ecclesiology

Ecclesiology is the study of the church. That includes the forms of church government, its leadership, how it worships, its relationship to the people of God and even its sacraments. In modern American evangelicalism, ecclesiology is needed more than ever. With fly-by-night churches built ...

The Praying Mantis Explains Today’s Politics

To understand the bizarre political era in which we live, let us recall the mating rituals of the praying mantis. In their amorous encounter, the male mantis approaches the female — which is the physically larger and stronger of the two — and, if permitted, mounts the female from the rear. ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned I love … absolutely love … both the institution and every living, breathing soul of the U.S. Postal Service. Its very existence is a clear and tangible expression of the virtue of American thought and deed. Its history is our history. It is the logical consequence of citizenship ...

Midlife adjustments?

Dear Dave, My husband and I are in our 50s, and we have just $12,000 to pay off before we’re debt-free. We’ve paid off almost $70,000 in debt in the last two years. We would like to buy a house soon, but we know we also need an emergency fund. It would take us almost a year to build up an ...

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance to take place later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of ...

Memorial Day and the Price of Freedom

Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. The first observances of what we now call Memorial Day were spontaneous expressions of gratitude and remembrance on the part of Civil War veterans for their fallen comrades, organized by veterans groups in local communities. Only once it ...

Holiday weekend food

Memorial Day weekend is kind of the unofficial start of summer, so today I have some recipes to kick off the season. Barbecue Baked Beans 1-lb. lean ground beef browned and drained 3-28 oz. cans of baked beans 1 envelope of onion soup mix 1 c. brown sugar (packed) 4 large cloves of ...

You’re out of order in this courtroom

An account of a recent trial. Part two. The transcript you’re about to read is true, except for the parts I made up to make myself sound better. Attorney Kelly: “Please continue.” Innocent Kelly: “While my wife says a lot of things that are very smart, I regret that she did not, in ...

Here’s to the graduates!

Today we salute the Class of 2017 — these young men and women from Central Iowa who have worked dilligently, excelled academically and have showcased their talents in a variety of ways that we can all be proud of. As they prepare to embark on a new adventure, I offer the following from ...

Budget cut takes aim at agriculture

The White House’s proposed federal budget includes a $38 billion cut for farm support, the bulk of which rests on a $29.5 billion cut of the federal crop insurance program. Many farmers showed their distaste for Trump’s new budget including the American Soybean Association and National ...

Saudi Arabia’s duplicity

Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and “drive them out,” as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism. Saudi Arabia has ...

Focus on victims rewards terrorists

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker’s profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of ...

The makeup of microfiber

Dear Heloise: What is MICROFIBER? How is it labeled at a store? What are brands to look for? — A Reader, via email Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that’s one-fifth the diameter of a human hair. The most common types of microfibers are produced from polyesters, polyamides and, ...

A portentous election in the Peach State

ATLANTA — By the time Georgia’s 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million — perhaps more than $130 per ballot — will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America’s governments. This is an expensive ...

Watergate deja vu

WASHINGTON — It’s said that those who ignore the lessons of history are destined to repeat its mistakes. In a remarkably uncanny way, Donald Trump is guilty of duplicating the political follies of presidential predecessor Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal of 45 years ago that drove him ...

Soon-to-be father feeling anxious about baby’s arrival

Q: My wife and I are expecting our first child. I’m excited to be a dad, but also intimidated. My father wasn’t a good role model, so I feel pretty clueless about this whole parenting thing. Can you help? Jim: Author Kent Nerburn once said, “It is much easier to become a father than to ...

Roger Ailes ruined Monica Lewinsky?

It was big news when Roger Ailes died. Everyone in his industry acknowledged that a serious force in American media and politics had passed away. Without Fox News over these last 20 years, the shape of American politics would be far different. The heretofore unanimously liberal media suddenly ...

Liberal fight against freedom turns violent

Intolerance, at times exploding into violence, is spreading throughout our society. And it’s coming from the political left. It’s happening on college campuses. Most recently, students walked out on Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address at Notre Dame University. Secretary of ...

The Demotic politics of Theresa May — and Donald Trump

DURHAM, England — When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics. In Britain, Tony Blair’s Labour Party was about to sweep to a landslide victory after 18 years of Conservative Party ...