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GOP goes into the repeal-and-replace breach

Some Republicans still yearning to repeal Obamacare after two failed attempts in the Senate want to try yet again, with the prospect of only embarrassing themselves once more and advertising their ineptness. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

by Paul A. Tambrino, Ed.D., Ph.D. My calendar shows Jewish Holidays of Ros-ha-Shana running from Sept. 20-27 and Yom Kippur from Sept. 29-30 in 2017. What is the significance of each of these holidays, and what other holidays might our Jewish neighbors observe during the year? The Jewish ...

Future Files

The Federal Reserve announced this week that it was going to begin the process of unwinding its unprecedented stimulus packages implemented during the last decade. After the financial crisis of 2008, the Fed began accumulating a massive portfolio of mortgages and Treasury bonds to lower ...

Are you ready?

National disasters can happy anywhere, anytime, and to anyone! Recent hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and wild fires shown on the news, remind us that no one is immune to a national disaster. September is marked as National Preparedness month, and we want your family to have a few basic tools ...

The UN: Once ‘useless,’ now useful

While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump more than once referred to the United Nations as a “useless” organization and “not a friend of democracy.” In his speech Tuesday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he apparently has discovered the often ...

Investments in the future

As an educator, the signs of fall always bring to mind the concept of a fresh start. School is back in session and students are experiencing the “new beginning” that comes with being in a new grade, with potentially different teachers and possibly a new school building. Their excitement is ...

All Rise, or Not, for the United States of Football

Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning ...

House Republicans’ Frustrations May Doom Their Majority

The Founding Fathers didn’t expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn’t. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House ...

Marshalltown’s Army-National Guard

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part column on the history of Marshalltown’s Army-National Guard. The first installment published Sept. 12. The April 26, 1923 Times-Republican reported 54 young men had signed up to join the (National Guard) company if it should be brought from ...

Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

“Be still and know that I am God.” — Psalms 46:10 It’s an admonition some of us struggle to obey. Indeed, some of God’s self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer ...

The More Important Things

Did you hear the latest about Donald Trump? Can you believe he did that? What about Nancy Pelosi? Or better yet, what about Hillary Clinton’s new book? She blames everyone but herself for her loss. Did you hear what Steve Bannon said to Charlie Rose, or Mitch McConnell’s response? Truth is, ...

No retirement cash at 58

Dear Dave, I’m 58 years old and have nothing set aside for retirement. My wife and I are on Baby Step 2 of your plan and paying off debt. We have $37,000 in debt not counting our home, and five kids still at home. We have a household income of $73,000 a year, and were wondering if we should ...

A ‘Read-My-Lips’ Moment for Trump?

“Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?” The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. Last night, President Donald Trump cut ...

The Vietnam War 2017

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, ‘’The Vietnam War,’’ which ...

Thank a Reporter

The woman’s face was contorted with anger as she thrust a finger at the media scrum covering a campaign event and yelled: “I hate you all! Liars! You should be in prison!” Memory fades. I can’t recall which presidential candidate this woman had turned out to support last year, but I ...

Hurricanes, Hawkeyes and Hope

From the first time I set foot on the Iowa State University campus more than 30 years ago, I was hooked — my support for the Cyclones has never and will never waver. And so when the college football season draws near, like many of my ISU brethren, I proudly fly the cardinal and gold flag as ...

Social Security is the loneliest number

Ilearned I have surrendered. It began when I was 14 years old when I walked into a Social Security office in small-town Kansas, my birth certificate in hand, and applied for a Social Security card. A week later it came in the mail. I was somebody. I needed that card so I could walk fields in a ...

A ‘Game of Thrones’ Survival Guide

Now that Game of Thrones is on hiatus, many eager fans are going through withdrawals. I’ve developed a handy guide to help you get through this troubling time. Refer to this any time you start shaking from your lack of seeing people burned by dragon fire or a week without seeing Jon Snow’s ...

Democrats’ Newest Plan: Nationalized Health Care

On Monday, two seemingly unrelated headlines made the news. The first: America’s national debt had finally reached $20 trillion. The second: New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker had finally come out in favor of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ magical, mythical ...

Fracturing the GOP: Trump continues a tradition

President Trump’s sudden pivot to cooperation with congressional leaders to advance hurricane relief and raise the federal debt limit signals a potential disintegration of the Republican Party, as two conservative factions intensify their opposition to its diminishing moderate wing. Both ...