Opinion

Bacon and copper commodities rise

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Nowadays, it seems that bacon is everywhere: on sandwiches, on sticks, and even at festivals devoted to the fatty delight. Americans’ love for bacon has hit a new extreme, and is now cutting into supplies and shooting prices higher. Bacon is made from a cut of meat known as pork belly, and ...

Iowa senators team to protect students

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Getting a college education can be important to success in life. Unfortunately, doing so has become an increasingly expensive undertaking. One consequence is that a many college graduates enter the job market owing a great deal of money. Iowa U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...

Why the Left Protects Islam

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Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity. He once stated, “An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf.” Dawkins says that ...

The sadly public last days of Charlie Gard

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Charlie Gard’s parents were working on the last major decision they will make for him: how he will die. Chris Gard and Connie Yates had given up their fight to secure an effective therapy for their severely brain-damaged 11-month-old baby. They’ve just agreed to have him spend his last days ...

A light in the darkness

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Dear Heloise: When I travel, I take a night light with me, but I sometimes forget to pack it in my suitcase at the end of my stay and bring it home. On my last trip, I took two battery-operated, flameless TEA LIGHTS. I put one in the bathroom and one by my bed. They worked perfectly! Enough ...

A look at the end of life

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A cool breeze blew through my open car door as I waited for my wife to complete her weeding of Church flowers. This is a good time to think of stories I want to create. I let ideas flood in, then decide what might be appropriate to write about. Today I thought, why not say something about death ...

The slovenly institution that is Congress

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WASHINGTON — In January 1988, in Ronald Reagan’s final State of the Union address, he noisily dropped on a table next to the podium in the House chamber three recent continuing resolutions, each more than a thousand pages long. Each was evidence of Congress’ disregard of the 1974 Budget ...

Vote NO on LOST reallocation

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Vote NO on Aug. 1 to reallocate local option sales tax funds. Consider this — the city wants to take this money away from the streets and sewers updates. The city has spent a bunch of money to “educate” you with “Budgeting 101” classes. They have spent a bunch of money to put a mailer ...

John McCain’s curious repeal votes

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WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain stole the show this week with his dramatic return to the Senate to vote on the repeal of Obamacare, after surgery revealed he has brain cancer. Republican and Democratic colleagues alike gave him a standing ovation as the body narrowly voted to begin debate on ...

Take a musical note

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This year, one of my son’s 4-H projects was a Guitar Pick Shadow Box. It was a need that was fostered from two things: his love of music and concerts, combined with his ability to lose things easily. His collection of guitar picks ranges from rock and roll to country, and continues to grow. ...

USA Today’s impeachment-push poll

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If there’s anyone left in America who still thinks the national newspapers aren’t partisan, they must have missed the front page of USA Today on July 24. The banner headline across the top read, “USA Split on Trump Impeachment.” It took a poll attempting to figure out very publicly ...

Democrats’ ‘better deal’ is a raw deal

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Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a “Square Deal.” His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us “The New Deal.” Modern Democrats are now offering the country “A Better Deal.” Speaking in Berryville, Virginia, a small town that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and is ...

The Detroit Riot, 50 years later

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Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all-white 15 or 20 years before. The statistics are ...

Was Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian meeting a criminal act?

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Last week, The New York Times revealed that in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and chief confidant; Paul Manafort, Trump’s then-campaign chief executive; and others met secretly at Trump Tower with a former Russian ...

Time for the city and Alliant to listen

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In the early 1970s, a local woman sued the city to recover her costs of cutting down diseased elm trees on her terrace. She won! Elm trees on the terrace became the city’s expense. This, of course, was not retroactive for the many homeowners who had already paid out of their ...

Let’s not mirror Trump

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In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak. At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage it. Some liberals ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned about an individual with a very, very impressive résumé. Even though born to very humble circumstances, with no education other than what life itself offers, this individual’s work and life has consistently contributed to the wellbeing of others. He has built countless homes and ...

Reynolds is gaining influence

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During Terry Branstad’s long tenure as our state’s governor, Iowans became accustomed to his influence nationally. His management of the Hawkeye State earned him the respect and admiration of state chief executives of both political parties. Gov. Kim Reynolds has only been at the helm of ...

NRA cowardly fights for ‘the white to bear arms’­­­

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I­­t began in April. ­­That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, ...

Christianity, Inc.

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Eugene Peterson is not a name familiar to most Americans, but within evangelical circles, Peterson is well-known. He wrote a translation of the Bible called “The Message,” which is a preferred text for churches trying to lure in new members who might be put off by the “thou shalls” and ...