Opinion

Fight the mites!

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Dear Heloise: How do you kill DUST MITES? I just moved into my first house, and I don’t want any dust mites in my house. — Juliana L., Blacksburg, Va. Juliana, dust mites love our homes because they live on dead flakes of skin and dander shed by people and pets. They can live about ...

A call to action

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Trump is president. That’s a fact. Republicans say, “Cut him some slack. He’s a businessman not a politician.” They’re willing to let him malign NATO, Qatar and our most supportive allies. They keep silent when he allows/causes his family fortune to increase. They remain passive when ...

Let us plunge toward our fast-unfolding future

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WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy ...

Trump’s legal tactics may not serve him well against DOJ

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s response to the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is in keeping with his longtime modus operandi in business. He has bragged that he never settles cases against him and always wins. As with so many of his other claims, this one is ...

Mom who abandoned artistic dreams wonders what might have been

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Q: I studied art in college and married before graduation. Four years later, I spend my time preparing meals, wiping the noses of jelly-faced toddlers and mopping the kitchen floor — while my still-single sorority sisters have thriving careers in graphic design and other artistic disciplines. ...

Grateful for the support

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Thank you seems hardly enough here in Marshalltown anymore. At every turn, the community and surrounding areas show up in a big way to support the efforts of the many non-profits in our community. Last week was no exception. On June 14, JBS lent their time, their delicious ribs and one ...

Joy Reid’s immoral moment

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America was stunned when Jared Lee Loughner pulled out a gun in a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket parking lot in 2011 and shot then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head at point-blank range and killed six others. No one recalls a TV pundit wondering whether the people should root for Giffords to ...

Unfair depiction

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Really? This is what passes for a “political cartoon” these days? I am referring to the June 15 editorial page wherein Jeff Sessions is depicted with large ears and reference to Keebler Elf Jeff Sessions. Then it includes a weak attempt at humor by including a quote about his testimony ...

How we can start taking back our country

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Americans are justifiably frustrated regarding what is going on in Washington, D.C. But let’s not forget that we elect these folks. We may have a mess, but we can at least be proud that it’s our mess. Consider spending on anti-poverty programs. According to the House of ...

The violent political Left

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Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie Sanders volunteer ...

A gunman shoots, and we become a family

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As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...

Why so much rage?

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“Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1 KJV) That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of Republicans ...

Cycling event a great success

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On behalf of the children and families that are served by YSS of Marshall County, we are grateful for the support of our 15th Annual Cycling event. YSS of Marshall County provides many different services to those in our community and the surrounding area. Some of these include Individual and ...

News from Des Moines

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The legislative session adjourned a little over a month ago. While it was the first session of my term as your state senator, it was a big one for our constituents and Iowans across the state who wanted to see results. I ran for office because I wanted to fix things, and not play politics or ...

Is left-wing terrorism making a comeback?

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You knew it was coming. You felt it with a sickening certainty the instant news of a mass shooting flashed out from Alexandria, Virginia. So it was disheartening, but hardly surprising, to hear certain conservatives reflexively blame Democrats and their so-called “hate speech” for the ...

Second time around

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Floyd Lee Corkins walked into the offices of the Family Research Council after seeing it listed as an anti-gay hate group on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. The Family Research Council is a pro-Christian, pro-family organization, which makes it a hate site to the left. Corkins ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned that this past week Pakistan has won the 2017 World Championship in cricket by defeating India. Congratulations Pakistan. But I have one question … what the heck is cricket? Having asked this question, I seek enlightenment from Uncle Google. This is what I have learned. Even though ...

A Long History of Leftist Hatred

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James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican Congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and a Bernie Sanders backer. Like many before him, Hodgkinson was a malevolent man of the hating and hard left. His planned atrocity failed ...

Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon

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In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Rewriting American History

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George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological ...