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The remarkable Gordie Howe

Two singular athletes died in the past few days: Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe.Justifiably renowned, Ali and Howe dominated their sports. Ali ruled the ring with his skill as a fighter and the ring of life with his personality. Ali was a generous and kind man outside the boxing ring and his ...

Fix culture that makes a Brock Turner possible

This is a column about the value of six. Actually, it's about three individual sixes and their respective values. The first six came after a 23-year-old woman - her name has never been revealed - spoke in court to address the man who raped her last year, who took her out behind the dumpsters ...

Errors in exit polls suggest more election surprises ahead

Are the exit polls, on which just about every elections analyst has relied, wrong? That's a question raised by New York Times Upshot writer Nate Cohn - a question whose answers have serious implications for how you look at the 2016 general election.Standard analysis is that Democrats have a ...

Our milestone moment

On Tuesday night, after Hillary Clinton had delivered her first speech as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, it didn't take long for some of us expressing our joy over this historic moment to feel the burn of reprimand.We should show more understanding toward those who are ...

Display a kind spirit

Dear Dave,My mom and dad filed bankruptcy recently and are on a fixed income of $2,200 a month. They gave up their house, and my wife and I helped them find an apartment. We're also trying to give them other help while they're getting back on their feet. The problem is, we're paying off debt ...

Why Trump must not apologize

"Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl." Donald Trump has internalized the maxim Benjamin Jowett gave to his students at Balliol who would soon be running the empire.And in rejecting demands that he apologize for his remarks about the La Raza judge presiding over the ...

History is watching

On Nov. 30, 1967, I stood in the caucus room of what is now called the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill and heard Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota announce that he would indeed challenge the renomination of Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. His issue was the U.S. war in ...

Explore our history and culture this summer

Iowans and out-of-state visitors looking for interesting things to do this summer have lots of choices.One way to discover places to explore locally and throughout the state is to use the Iowa Culture App. You'll find more than 3,500 arts, history and culture, and science and nature ...

Snapshots of community spirit

Last year I remarked that driving along downtown Main Street in downtown Marshalltown, what a beautiful sight it was to see the hanging flower baskets and the carefully crafted plants located at nearly every corner. The work was beautiful and it clearly brightened our downtown area.Again in ...

Bartlets, Underwoods and Meyers

A process story is a term used by journalists to describe a story that focuses on the mechanics of policymaking or campaigning, rather than what the policy is or what the campaign says.We're told that these stories draw focus away from the "substantive debate" being held. After watching almost ...

To my wife, whatchu lookin’ at?

An open letter to my wife after she ALLEGEDLY saw me looking at a discarded Victoria's Secret gift card sitting on the counter, which I totally wasn't.Dear Beautiful and Sexy-in-a-Real Way Wife,Your accusation and subsequent reaction to the general focus of my eyeballs towards what apparently ...

Florida’s OJ not so sunny

Orange juice futures hit a four-year high after Tropical Storm Colin tore across Florida. June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and three named storms have already struck this year, worrying citrus growers in America's most hurricane-prone state.This week, Colin dumped ...

Is personal responsibility obsolete?

Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods.Generations ago, both religious people and socialists ...

Sanders should stop scheming

"Drop your plans and schemes," Thomas Cromwell advises doomed Queen Anne Boleyn in "Wolf Hall." "Put down the burden of them."Bernie Sanders could use similar counsel. He's now behind Hillary Clinton by almost 400 pledged delegates and nearly 4 million popular votes. Spare us the commentary on ...

Tag — rings are it!

Dear Heloise: Airport baggage handlers have an amazing talent for ripping off ZIPPER PULLS from one's luggage. I take old key rings and replace the zipper pull with a ring. Works great, and now I have another use for that drawer full of useless promotional key rings. - Chuck S., Salem, OhioHey ...

The price Paul Ryan has paid

WASHINGTON - The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan's degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. This episode should be studied as a clinical case of a particular Washington myopia - the ability of career politicians to convince ...

Trump’s blunder eclipses Hillary’s big night

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton has become the first woman presidential nominee, but the historic feat is being overshadowed by a colossal Donald Trump blunder, requiring him to address the resultant breach in his badly shaken Republican ranks.His petty attack on a federal judge of "Mexican ...

What you should and shouldn’t say to your sports kid

Nowadays you can't hardly find a kid who is not involved in many activities; and a lot of these include a variety of sports. Too many times parents can be their best and/or worst supporter. My son played MANY sports and we were there to support but after reading this I wonder if I always was ...

Hillary meets the press servants

The most obvious sign of liberal media favoritism is that liberal candidates can avoid press conferences for months at a time, and the media don't complain.After the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked in 2012, the media hammered Mitt Romney at a press conference for daring to criticize ...

Explaining Donald Trump

NEW YORK - If there is one explanation for Donald Trump's success it is this: Unlike most Republicans, he fights back. He may not have the late Muhammad Ali's finesse, but he sees himself as more than capable of dealing a "knockout" punch to Hillary Clinton in November. That ought to be the ...