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Grassley is tone-deaf on the issues

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Heard on the news that Chuck Grassley said if you give a tax break to the middle class they will spend that tax break on booze, women and movies, whereas the wealthy will spend the money wisely. What work does Grassley do? 84-year-old Grassley gets more than $100,000 in taxpayers’ money to ...

Technology and PBL at Miller Middle School

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The use of Chromebooks at Miller began during the spring of 2014 with the science classes. They were the pilot group of teachers and students who used the devices to dive into their learning. The following fall all students and teachers had the use of these devices in every class. Teachers ...

Our Caribbean Families Are Your Fellow Americans

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About a month after Hurricane Maria, I stopped at a UPS store to ask if it was still offering a discounted rate to ship supplies to St. Croix. The young manager shook her head even as she answered yes. “We are, through the month. But I don’t understand why we’re helping them when we ...

‘Hurtling’ Republican Tax Bill Actually Serious

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“The Republican tax bill hurtling through Congress is increasingly tilting the United States tax code to benefit wealthy Americans.” That’s the beginning of a 37-word first sentence in a stage-setting front-page story in The New York Times on the tax bill under consideration in the Senate ...

Trump’s an empty vessel with nothing to say

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“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.’ ...

George Washington’s Solution for Sexual Harassment

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The avalanche of sexual harassment claims, with new ones pouring forth daily, leads me to the wisdom of George Washington’s observation in his farewell address in 1796: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable ...

Budgeting for holiday happiness

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Dear Dave, My wife and I are trying to improve our finances by living on a budget and following your plan. We’re in the middle of Baby Step 2, so we’re working to pay off everything but our house using the debt snowball. We only bring home about $40,000 a year combined right now, so how ...

Little Rocket Man’s Risky Game

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In the morning darkness of Wednesday, Kim Jong Un launched an ICBM that rose almost 2,800 miles into the sky before falling into the Sea of Japan. North Korea now has the proven ability to hit Washington, D.C. Unproven still is whether Kim can put a miniaturized nuclear warhead atop that ...

Understanding Republicans

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It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

Black Self-Sabotage

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The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful. Let’s look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, not a single student scored ...

‘And a little child shall lead them’

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Editor’s note: At the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this column originally published on Dec. 7, 2014. Like many of us, I sometimes am overwhelmed with the holidays — the commercialism, the holiday parties, gifts, wrapping paper, ornaments, Christmas cards, light ...

… To that deluxe apartment in the brain

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I learned the truth … and the truth is … deep inside of me …exist a racist. The racist has always been there. The racist will always be there. Everyone I know and love, associate with or admire, has a racist inside them. I was born with this racist inside of me and will die with this ...

The progression of the man-cold

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Unlike the common cold, the Man Cold can be tricky to overcome. I weakened my immune system to see how I would fare. Unfortunately not all men can be as tough about the whole thing as me. I kept a journal, as a Tough Man would. Day 1: Coming down with cold. I blame our children who I’ve ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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Holiday cookie ideas It’s time to start baking cookies for the holidays. To get in the mood, I have two easy recipes using cake mixes. The bar recipe is a little more work and lots more sugar. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies 2 eggs 2/3 c. vegetable shortening 1 pkg. strawberry cake ...

RSV-peeved!

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about not sending back an RSVP for seated events. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: I recently had a wedding, for which we sent out the invitations four weeks ahead of the event, along with RSVP cards. Sixty-four people said they were coming, but 88 showed ...

A tribute to my friend Larry Warnell

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First of all, my sincere condolences to Connie and the Warnell family. We all have lost a true loved one, a true friend. Larry Warnell was the perpetual optimist and positive, no nonsense, influence to all he came in contact with. The room always lit up when Larry arrived, with his shaved ...

Bill Clinton Won After All

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Two weeks ago, it seemed that former President Bill Clinton was finished as a public figure. A variety of public intellectuals on the left had consigned him to the ashtray of history; they’d attested to their newfound faith in his rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick or torn him to shreds for ...

The gathering clouds over Trump

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As President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, a world of potential woe awaits him. Political chaos continues in Washington, exacerbated by a round of accusations against various political figures for harassing or sexually assaulting women, a moral crisis in which Trump ...

Future Files

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Washington woes weigh on stocks After reaching all-time highs on Thursday, stock market futures plunged on Friday morning on fears of problems in Washington, D.C. On Thursday night, the Republican tax overhaul plan was put into limbo as projections for higher budget deficits and wavering ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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What do you think is the greatest problem Christians face at Christmastime? Some weeks ago I might have answered this question differently, but recently I sent an email to my son, who is employed by the Lee County schools in Florida, about some New York Yankee Christmas ornaments I had. Now I ...