Opinion

Warning signs for Republicans

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President Donald Trump has backed off tariffs on toys made in China. His commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said the administration did not want to hurt Christmas. This is an admission against interest that the trade war with China is hurting the American people. Last week, the yield curve ...

What will they learn at college?

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For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there’s a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What ...

Trump’s great gamble

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President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes hinge on two things: the state of the economy in 2020 and the identity of the Democratic nominee. The further left the Democrats go to select their candidate, the greater the probability Trump wins a second term. Thus Trump got good news this ...

What Hong Kong means

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The protests in Hong Kong are heartbreaking to witness. I recall the gloom that accompanied the handover of sovereignty ceremony in 1997. Prince Charles was there. So was Tony Blair. Only eight years had passed since the communist Chinese government had mowed down an estimated 10,000 democracy ...

The shaming of America

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One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior — shame — has become part of the 2020 presidential race. And one of the most shameful things in these times is to be thought or labeled a racist. As it should be, if true. Thus, some Democrats and others hoping to defeat ...

Baked Potato Strips

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Today’s recipes are for two and feature vegetables. Baked Potato Strips 2 medium baking potatoes 1/2 tsp. salt 2 Tbls. butter 1/3 c. sharp cheddar cheese 1/3 c. whipping cream Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Peel potatoes. Cut potatoes into strips. Lay potato strips in 8 inch ...

Choose to follow God

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Looking over my desktop, I see many pieces of paper with notes scribbled on them. Those notes indicate hours of data collecting; mostly about Biblical matters. I keep thinking that I ought to clean up the place but as soon as I do, there is an old man living here who just adds more clutter — ...

Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide

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Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide. He was murdered by Hillary and/or Bill Clinton. Or he was assassinated by the Russians. Or Donald Trump killed him. Or he isn’t dead at all, having been spirited into the Witness Protection Program, where he presumably now shares an island mansion ...

Why add another hog-buying facility

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Why would we want another hog buying facility? The one we have has an unpleasant smell half-way across Marshalltown. A northeast wind would affect the workers at Lennox and others and a northwest wind could affect those fishing on Sand Lake.

Epstein’s death reflects our new age of conspiracy theories

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Anyone who’s watched a courtroom TV drama has heard the phrase “Hard cases make bad law.” It’s a legal maxim that says really extreme — i.e., rare or weird — cases are not only hard to generalize from, they’re also a bad foundation for new legislation or policy. This also ...

Bullet-proof backpacks?

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Bullet-proof backpacks? Abject foolishness. One of these might stop a bullet from a small caliber firearm, but certainly would be of no benefit in the event of a serious shooter. Parents who buy these backpacks are teaching fear. Far better would be a daily recitation of, “Though I walk ...

71 is Fun!

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Gator rides for my grandkids were on the menu for my 71st birthday, along with watermelon, sweetcorn, sliced tomatoes, garden salad and choice of barbecued ribeye or t-bone steak, plus half-pound burgers, courtesy of Blossom, our hand-raised Angus heifer. My son-in-law, normally a picky eater, ...

Health measured from head to toe

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Last week, I explored how the way we perform everyday movements and positioning of our head — without knowing it — can bring on chronic neck pain. Most neck pain is something we do not have to endure; it is within our power to address and correct it. This week, I believe it is time we ...

Francis Scott Key’s old question in Baltimore

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In the closing lines of the lyrics for our national anthem, their author asked in 1814: “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Of course it does, at least figuratively. The original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in ...

Cattle market slaughtered

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Cattle prices collapsed this week, falling the exchange maximum for two days straight, after a major meat processing plant was closed. A Tyson Foods Inc. facility in Kansas was damaged by fire last week and will be closed indefinitely. The plant is estimated to process more than 6,000 animal ...

Why we embrace conspiracy theories

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This week, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell from an apparent hanging, the day after a court unsealed a cache of documents from a lawsuit against his alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell. Those documents included affidavits from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, ...

China does not have the upper hand in Hong Kong. Trump does.

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President Trump has warned China that it must respond “humanely” to the protests in Hong Kong if it wants a trade deal, for the first time suggesting that the United States would impose costs on Beijing if it launched a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on the city. It’s about time. China ...

Alverna Bair, 88

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Alverna Bair, 88, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at The Willows in Marshalltown. Cremation Rites were accorded and no services will be held, according to her wishes. Private family inurnment was held at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Alverna is survived by her ...