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Given the threat of North Korea’s impending nuclear capabilities, increased mass shootings in our own country, intolerant demonstrations in our communities and on college campuses, our politicians, not only being at odds with members of the opposite party, but also disagreeing with members in ...

STEM starts at birth, with YOU

STEM is the new buzz acronym. It involves how we incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into everyday learning to improve crucial brain development in children. For many, the misconception is that STEM is introduced later in school-aged children. However, STEM begins with ...

A moving experience

Evidence that when Democrats rule taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities exceeding, $4 a ...

When Racial Hoaxes Make News

The liberal narrative on President Donald Trump assumes his election is evidence that America is returning to its racist roots. In the angst-ridden aftermath, the media found vindication by reporting all kinds of “hate crime” incidents, lurching so eagerly that they fell for a few that ...

Hints from Heloise

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about spouses who forget important occasions: “Dear Heloise: For the fifth year in a row, my husband has forgotten our wedding anniversary. A year after we were married, he stopped taking me out for my birthday. Many men, like him, work hard, don’t ...

Extended Learning Program supports students with high abilities

The mission of the Marshalltown Community School District is to develop learners who have the knowledge, skills, and positive mindset to successfully pursue a meaningful future through personalized learning experiences, so have you ever wondered how our schools support children with high ...

She Took On the Bully, and She Won

Last January, John Carman returned from Donald Trump’s inauguration apparently so puffed up that he decided to make fun of the much larger crowd at the Women’s March the next day. This, in itself, is not news. There are plenty of men in America who would rather mock women than try to ...

Trumpism wounded, but not dead

And there’s more where that came from. Or at least, let us fervently hope. The Republican Party was thoroughly rebuked in last week’s election, and no party in modern history has ever deserved rebuking more. Nor has any party leader ever deserved spanking more than Donald Trump, the boy ...

Republicans to Kill the Adoption Tax Credit

They claim to be the pro-life, pro-family party. But Republicans in Congress are starting to show they only care about lobbyists and money. Though they continue to fund Planned Parenthood, the Republicans have decided to kill the adoption tax credit. Let me start with the basics. I believe ...

An ICE Agent’s Quest for Justice

“Betrayed.” Victor Avila is a survivor. Soft-spoken but iron-willed, he dedicated his life to law enforcement and to his country. Yet, the feds are now fighting tooth and nail to bury the full truth about the 2011 ambush by Los Zetas drug cartel thugs in Mexico that left him gravely ...

Married or single, budgeting is the key

Dear Dave, Do you have any tips for how single people can stay on track with their finances? — Deb Dear Deb, The first thing I’d suggest is the same advice I give to married couples, and that is to spend less than you make, and live on a written, monthly budget. Sit down at the end ...

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup Poll, though, a ...

First ‘Pre-mortem’ of the 2018 Elections

American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. Voters’ enthusiasm ...

The true cost of terrorism

I learned knowing the enemy makes sense of the world. So, on the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, I walked into a coffee shop and created one. Over the years, I had been in this coffee shop on many mornings but up until that morning I had never before noticed the enemy. Up until now, he was just a ...

Christmas pregame routine strikes fear

To say my wife loves Christmas is like saying there are a couple of teenage girls out there that think Twilight is a pretty good movie. You know those large men you see on TV that attend NFL games shirtless covered in body paint of their favorite team? That’s my wife when the temperature ...

Fast words make for bad ads

Dear Heloise: I’m concerned about loan companies whose ADVERTISEMENTS use words like “speedy,” “now,” “quick” (sometimes styled as “quik”), “fast,” “express,” “zippy,” “dash” and “rush.” These words are meant to impart a sense of urgency in the consumer. ...

What an American Hero Looks Like

This week, a discharged Air Force airman with a criminal record of domestic abuse, including cracking the skull of his infant stepson, stepped into a church in rural Texas and murdered 26 people, at least a dozen of them children. Americans broke out into their usual arguments over gun control ...

Donna Brazile’s crackpot scheme never came to pass

You may think politics in Washington is beyond the pale now. But imagine if Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, had followed through on her notion of removing Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee in 2016 and replacing her with then-Vice ...

Future Files

Saudi shakeup unnerves oil market Saudi Arabia was a hotbed of activity this week, which spooked the oil market to a two-year high near $58 per barrel. The Middle Eastern Kingdom is undergoing internal turmoil after the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, fired numerous ...

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I don’t believe that Christians should celebrate Veterans Day since the Bible says, “thou shalt not kill” and Jesus taught us to love our neighbors? You are clearly misreading what the bible says because the Bible (in this case the ten commandments) does not say, “thou shalt not ...