Opinion

The Trump tape Vs. Hillary the assault enabler

Columnists

In the election cycle dominated by Donald Trump, it should not be much of a shock that the first October Surprise came from "Access Hollywood." In a 2005 outtake, Trump told then-"Access" co-host Billy Bush how he could rudely grab women's genitals and get away with it because "when you're a ...

Whole Foods and Chicago partner to fight poverty

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I have always been a great fan of the idea of "enterprise zones," originally introduced by the late Cong. Jack Kemp in 1980.Jack Kemp and I were of one mind that free markets and enterprise are the way to reduce poverty, rather than government spending programs.Kemp's plan called for ...

Sodders is passionate about serving Iowans

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I urge the voters of Senate District 36 to re-elect Steve Sodders.One of the qualities I respect most in Steve Sodders is his work ethic in representing the citizens of Iowa. He has a command of the issues facing everyday lowans and a passion for serving the citizens of our state. As a teacher ...

Scam alert

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Once again some members of our community are being targeted with a direct mail fund raiser appeal to support something called the Hospice Support Fund or HSF. If you read the fine print on the back of the computer generated letter it states that nearly 70 percent of the $1.5 million they raised ...

Raymond deserves our vote

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With so much uncertainty surrounding the up coming election, I wanted to express my thoughts about a candidate for the local office of auditor/recorder.After working in the courthouse for 36 years most of which were spent in the auditor's office, I have a genuine concern for the direction this ...

A lack of support from Fisher

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This letter is regarding the political debate Tuesday night and Dean Fisher. The topic at one point was the problem of the mentally ill, no beds and over-stressed police department transporting them clear to the northern corners of our state.Did you slip when you said, "transporting the ...

Iowa AEA Online: A great resource for Iowa’s students and families

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Does your child have an endangered species project to complete? Reference information can be found in the Britannica School Online edition, a truly multimedia encyclopedia. Does your child need to create a presentation about a different culture? Try the resource, CultureGrams for an inside look ...

At stake: The Constitution

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This election is about a lot of things, but it is fundamentally about the U.S. Constitution and whether federal judges will adhere to their oath to "... faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me ... under the Constitution and laws of the United States," ...

Trump sees working-class chumps

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Like so many working-class kids, I was raised not to judge others by what they did or didn't own and never to bring dishonor to the people I come from.My mother never let go of the chance to remind her children to heed these lessons. Early in my career, when I started giving speeches to ...

The agony of the Republicans

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Less than a month before the election, the Republican speaker of the House says he won't defend or campaign with his party's presidential nominee. The nominee has responded by slamming the speaker on Twitter, and his campaign manager is accusing some (unnamed) elected Republicans of sexual ...

Where will Trump’s believers go when he implodes?

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I used to love "The X-Files."Like millions of Americans, I unfailingly followed FBI agents Mulder and Scully's search for the truth in a labyrinth of conspiracy. But a few years on, after one too many red herrings and blind alleys of plot, it began to be obvious to me the conspiracy would never ...

The Leviathan’s Failureer

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The liberal vision of America, as it ever more rapidly replaces the church and local community with the federal government as chief conveyor of charity and aid, is a leviathan that allegedly cares for all. From the leviathan, all will find comfort, health care and work. The leviathan will ...

Good Samaritans demonstrated kindness & thoughtfulness

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Friday evening we attended the Marshalltown-Fort Dodge football game. We had not been able to attend one of our grandson Ryan's games in two years, due to his grandfather's health. It's a 3-1/2 hour drive from our home to Marshalltown, but we made the trip.After watching the first half of the ...

Cash flow school?

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Dear Dave,My wife and I are on Baby Step 2 of your plan, and I'm in graduate school while working full-time. We're trying to cash flow my education from this point forward after previously taking out student loans. Our household income is $90,000 a year, and we have a car payment. Are we taking ...

ISIS, Not Russia, Is the Enemy in Syria

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Denouncing Russian air strikes on Aleppo as "barbaric," Mike Pence declared in Tuesday's debate:"The provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength. ... The United States of America should be prepared to use military force, to strike military targets of Bashar Assad regime."John ...

What’s That Scent in the Air?

Columnists

It is all but impossible for you or for me to understand, let alone appreciate, how painfully public and publicly painful it must be for a losing major-party presidential nominee to bear the agony of losing the November general election. The first line of your obituary has now been written. ...

Muller is the right choice for supervisor

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Jon Muller is an outstanding candidate for Marshall County Board of Supervisors. Supervisors need to understand and manage many conflicting issues. Keeping our county infrastructure in safe repair while serving the needs of the people requires a fair-minded, thoughtful person.Jon honed his ...

Hoffman for sheriff

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Members of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office Bargaining Unit (representing the sheriff's deputies and the jailers) have voted to endorse Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman for the office of Marshall County Sheriff.Prior to being promoted to the position of chief jailer, Hoffman was previously an ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

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Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

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Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...