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The meaning of Mitt

President-elect Donald Trump’s flirtation with Mitt Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state has injected a sliver of hope and change into an evolving administration that could use some. If ever there were a rarer pair — think Doberman and Labradoodle — I can’t think of one. ...

Leftover turkey recipe ideas

Hopefully you still have some leftover turkey for today’s recipes. Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 1-1/4 c. chopped celery 3/4 c. chopped onion 1/2 c. butter, cubed 6 c. unseasoned stuffing cubes 1 teaspoon poultry ...

Don’t tell me there’s nothing to do …

Aside from enjoying a good cigar and a spirited beverage, on the surface it would appear that Randy Kessler and Bob Untiedt have very little in common. Randy is a police detective with the Marshalltown Police Department and the commander of American Legion Post 46; Bob is the director of the ...

Pick a family movie or face the consequences

Due to a mashed-potato induced coma we will be running this classic column, originally printed November 30, 2014, from the “Best of Burns” file while all attempts are made to revive Mr. Burns. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and after you've exhausted all creative attempts to repurpose ...

Welcome to the lice capades

My children have always wanted a pet of their own. I’ve always resisted because I don’t even particularly like the cat that everyone seems to forget counts as a pet, especially when it comes time to clean the litterbox. When they say, “I wish we had a pet!” in front of the cat, even he ...

Give thanks for low food prices

As Americans give thanks this year, they should include lower food prices in their list of blessings. A record-breaking corn and soybean harvest and large global supplies of wheat have helped pull grain prices to multi-year lows, making most foods less expensive this season. Low-cost grain ...

The boondoggle of infrastructure spending

WASHINGTON — History has a sly sense of humor. It caused an epiphany regarding infrastructure projects — roads, harbors, airports, etc. — to occur on a bridge over Boston’s Charles River, hard by Harvard Yard, where rarely is heard a discouraging word about government. Last spring, ...

Cracks in Trump’s wall of promises

WASHINGTON — Barely two weeks after Donald Trump’s election built on a host of promises from building a wall along the Mexican border to putting “crooked” Hillary Clinton in jail, he has already begun to withdraw or hedge on many of them. He still insists that wall will go up and be ...

Put greeting cards in service

Dear Readers: Happy Thanksgiving! The holiday season is now in full swing. One lovely gesture you and your family can do? Provide greeting cards for HOSPITALIZED SERVICE MEMBERS to send back home to their loved ones. Here’s what to send in, according to Walter Reed National Military Medical ...

Football and fallacies

This is a football story with both political and legal implications. It was fourth down in a National Football League game, and the punting team came onto the field. The other team went into their formation to defend against the punt. Then somebody noticed that the man set to kick the punt ...

We can attack global warming without Trump

It would be nice if President-elect Donald Trump took one of the most serious threats to life on earth seriously, but he does not. Trump called global warming a Chinese “hoax” during the campaign, and he’s assigned a science dunce to lead the transition at the Environmental Protection ...

Dining … family style

Truth be told, 10 years ago we owned a “splat mat.” Yes, a splat mat! It was meant to save our floors from those messy toddler spills. Now, here we are years later, we are busy family; always on the go. We may have the occasional glass of spilled milk, but what’s more important is that we ...

The cracked crystal ball of liberal celebrities

Before the shock of President Donald Trump wears off, let’s remember to tip our hats to Tinseltown. What would we do without it? The self-absorbed Beautiful People of the town called on America to become as enlightened as they by supporting Hillary Clinton. They proudly donned their “I’m ...

The return of assassination fascination

Alert the CDC: Left-wing America has been overcome by another contagious epidemic of assassination fascination. It’s time to declare a public health crisis. In San Antonio last week, two high school students performed a skit depicting the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump. In ...

Defining student success

Many people believe that the goal of a college student is to graduate. This thought process can imply that graduation is an end-point in learning. At Ellsworth Community College learning is defined as a journey, not a destination. Therefore, graduation is not an end-goal, but a milestone in a ...

The not-yet-emerging Democratic majority

What is to become of the Democratic Party? The world’s oldest political party, which traces its roots to 1792, is in as dire straits as it has ever been. It has lost a presidential election most of its followers expected to win. It failed to win a Senate majority, gaining just two seats in ...

Sexism? Misogyny? So last week

In the months leading up to the presidential election, the media coverage was full of references to the perils of running while female. A few headlines from this fall: PBS: “The hidden sexism that could sway the election.” The Atlantic: “Fear of a Female Candidate.” Fortune: ...

‘Hamilton,’ Trump and diversity

President-elect Donald Trump says Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who currently plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” should apologize for his lecturing of Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about diversity and the “fear” of people like himself, an African-American, about a ...

Maybe we aren’t alarmist enough

A few days ago, a black woman I know got a text from a friend who asked what she’d be wearing “to the slave auction in January.” Another friend, who is white, wrote that she is “seriously picturing trains to Auschwitz. I can’t convey how seriously.” These are the kinds of ...

The Worst Excesses Of The Left

In the past week, as conservative opponents of Donald Trump have come to terms with his victory, nothing has done more to help them give Trump the benefit of the doubt than the complete meltdown by the American left.  Having written just last week that those of us who got the election wrong ...