Opinion

A few days ago, in history

Columnists

There have been a few times, dear readers, that in my other, non-columnist job here at the T-R as the Supreme Allied Layout Commander and Paginator Plenipotentiary, that I am selecting the Associated Press (AP) content for the day that I stop and think to myself: is anybody reading this? I ...

Christmas is over so deal with it

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If you are like many people (in this instance “many people” = my wife), putting up Christmas decorations is a joyful, festive event that should be recorded and turned into a musical written by Lin Manuel Miranda. In fact, it should be its own holiday if only because it takes a solid ...

Caught in the middle

Another View

You’re becoming too Americanized, Nickie Nguyen’s parents told her when she didn’t speak Vietnamese as well as the other Vietnamese children around her in Des Moines. You’re not Dominican enough, Geordano Liriano, of Harlem, N.Y., was told by older people when he couldn’t say a ...

Platinum and palladium white hot

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Platinum and palladium had a searing start to 2017, each gaining over $70 per ounce in the first four days. The two metals are tied closely to the auto market, as they are predominantly used in catalytic convertors to reduce pollution from trucks and cars. This week, news broke that U.S. auto ...

Vote yes for Unity Point; no on current CIH trustees

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As Central Iowa Healthcare corporate members we will be voting on two very important items: the sale of CIH assets to Unity Point Health-Waterloo and to extend the terms of the present trustees. Although the sale of CIH and it ceasing to be an independent hospital is a difficult decision, ...

A Trump tweet that doesn’t spark outrage in Chicago

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President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets often trigger what is now commonly referred to as Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS. You’ve seen the symptoms: the wailing and shrieking of tortured liberals; their references to Hitler and the end of days or whatever dark prophecies can be tweeted ...

Fisher doesn’t know the facts; MCOs closed CIFP

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The legislative forum at the library Friday was educational, informative and I was thankful I attended, until the topic of MCOs came up. SATUCI and MICA representatives spoke of issues including late, reduced or nonpayment of claims, hiring additional staff to submit claims to three ...

The people saved the Ethics Office, not the tweets

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That went over well. In the darkness of night on a federal holiday, House Republicans voted to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. That would have shut down independent investigations of corruption in Congress. You could almost hear the wheels turn: Lobbyists are hot to gut regulations ...

Color guard for printer paper

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Dear Heloise: My school PRINTER can accommodate a large amount of paper, which I’m not used to. I was constantly checking the tray to see if I needed to add more. So to limit the number of times I checked for paper, I came up with this plan — or, as you would call it, a hint. After each ...

Obama was indeed transformational, unfortunately

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WASHINGTON — Any summation of Barack Obama’s impact on domestic policy and politics should begin with this: In 2008, he assured supporters, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Soon he will be replaced by someone who says, “I alone can fix it.” ...

Coping with the Russian hacking hangover

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump was quick to agree with President Vladimir Putin that alleged Russian hacking into the American presidential election was overblown and irrelevant. It immediately put the president-elect on a collision course with his own U.S. intelligence community, on which he now ...

The anti-science mainstreaming of mental illness

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On Tuesday, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported that 23-year-old Anna Teshu of Staten Island, New York, has gone missing. Teshu’s 15 minutes of fame began in 2015 when she was featured on the internet because her boyfriend was walking her around on a leash in public. Her boyfriend said: “The ...

Tips on helping elderly parents handle their finances

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Q: My elderly mom is still living independently in her own home, but it’s clear that she’ll soon be unable to handle her finances and other business matters on her own. My siblings and I need to begin preparing for what’s to come. Do you have any suggestions? Jim: You’re wise to ...

Can speculation be defined as news?

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At the dawn of 2017, let us offer a philosophical question for the news media. If the scourge of the new year is “fake news,” should we not concede that it’s not news to speculate about what will happen after a news event? The problem is, without speculation about the future — ...

The DNC’s Keith Ellison dilemma

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As we enter 2017, the Democratic Party has good reason to be concerned. In Washington, Republicans now control the White House and both houses of Congress. Thirty-three governors are Republicans, and Republicans control both houses of state legislatures in 32 states whereas Democrats ...

Americans are no longer on the move

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Americans see themselves as people on the move. When the going gets tough or when opportunity beckons, we get up and go. We move around a lot. Actually, we don’t — or don’t nearly so much as we used to. The percentage of Americans moving every year is less than half that of a ...

Financing a college education

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Financing a college education can be a challenging task for many students and families, but there are many options available to assist students and families in successfully completing a post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate. The starting point for many students is to complete the Free ...

‘We nailed it’

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A big round of thanks is in order for everyone who helped raise funds to catalog and preserve more than 4,000 artifacts in the historic, state-owned Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop in Haverhill. In just a few weeks, after one of Edel’s great-grandsons offered to match up to $10,000 of whatever ...

2017 Onward Marshalltown

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Hello/Hola 2017 … ready or not here we are! 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Marshalltown and Marshall County. The energy/momentum that I discussed last month (the Marshalltown Vibe) continues to propel us forward as we begin a brand new year. To help guide us over the next few ...

America’s New Year resolution

Your View

The political climate will change in Iowa and our nation from the November 2016 election. The rise of the Republican Party, led by Donald Trump, will overwhelmingly dictate the future for all Americans. Dictate, akin to dictator, is the key word here when describing him. Never in my lifetime ...