Opinion

Inhumane treatment of migrant children stokes revulsion

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Americans alarmed about President Donald Trump’s attacks on their basic democratic institutions need to look no farther for evidence now than at the travesty occurring at southern ports of entry. Numerous well-documented accounts of young immigrant children being separated from their alien ...

Pruitt, Carson trapped by the trappings of power

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It’s not an iron law that power corrupts. But it’s often a good way to bet. The interesting question is: Why does power corrupt so many people? The way I see it, power — money, fame, celebrity, authority or some mix of them all — lowers the cost of indulging human nature. This is ...

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Need proof that the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” and supported a border wall until she ran for president in 2016. In his 1995 State of the Union address, ...

Human trafficking is very real

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In response to the article regarding the “Red Sand Project” (the anti-human trafficking campaign) in Marshalltown in your Saturday’s paper I will relate three incidents close to home. My neighbor related that the secretary of her real estate office, shopping at the Merle Hay Mall in Des ...

The Media Insulate Obama From Scandal

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Former President Barack Obama is swaggering around and claiming he didn’t really have any scandals as president. In February, he said we “didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.” This only means shamelessness can seem like a winning tactic. In May, he said, “I didn’t have ...

Another successful ‘Cowboys In The Sky’

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Our scholarships of $1,000 each, were awarded this past weekend to Judd Grover, of Cresco and Dallen McIntire, of Thayer. This brings our accumulated total to $69,000 awarded. All of these were made possible by the supporters we have had over the years. The “Cowboys In The Sky” Calf Roping ...

This is who we have to be

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Last week, in a discussion thread on my public Facebook wall about the current political climate, a reader asked a question that’s been needling me: “How do we keep from demonizing those who would demonize others?” In attempting to answer her, I realized how much I’ve been wrestling ...

Will we get tired of so much winning?

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It has been a week full of wins for President Donald Trump — at least for those who share Trump’s view of the way the world works, and perhaps even for some who don’t. Exhibit A is Trump’s summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore. In their ...

When women’s dignity counts for zero

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The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani’s third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children. The second Mrs. Giuliani learned she was being left while watching ...

Progressives save the GOP

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I have been pretty critical of the Republican Party even though I was, for a time, an elected Republican. I criticized George W. Bush vocally for being what some branded a “big government conservative.” Under Bush, the size and scope of the federal government grew at a reckless rate, not ...

Quilt of Valor fundraiser a huge success

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The Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety “Quilts of Valor” fundraiser last Saturday at Consumers Energy was very successful because of the generosity of our community and guild members. We shared our day with nationally known quilt celebrities and leaders in the Quilts of Valor movement, Marianne ...

Blind to real problems

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For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder ...

A great day at Kids Safety Camp

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On June 8, the Marshalltown Police Department and the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA held its annual Kids Safety Camp for second, third and fourth grade kids. More than 90 kids enjoyed the day, filled with fun and learning about different areas of safety. The day started with a Life flight helicopter ...

Trump’s historic gamble

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President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.” At his Singapore summit, Trump smartly ...

Where Is the Republican Gene McCarthy?

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After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident — they now had the numbers needed to pass Medicare, ...

A citizen’s letter to Robert Mueller

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Dear Mr. Robert Mueller: I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am writing as a concerned American to beg you to reveal whether there is any end in sight for your Russia-Trump collusion investigation. We all want to know the truth behind whether President Trump or any of his associates ...

Celebrate your dad

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Happy Father’s Day! Today I have some father pleasing recipes to celebrate your Dad any day. Baby Back Pork Ribs 2 racks pork back ribs, (about 1-1/2 lbs. per rack) 1 12-oz jar prepared mesquite-flavored marinade 3 bay leaves 1 medium onion, peeled 1 c. barbecue sauce, (mild or ...

Soybean Market Scorched by Trade Talk

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The U.S. soybean crop continues to look exceptional, and there are few weather problems expected that could derail a near-record sized crop. However, dark clouds are forming over the market as trade disputes deepen between the U.S. and our two biggest soybean buyers, Mexico and China. This ...

Concentration camps for kids?

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Concentration camps. Concentration camps for children. President Trump’s administration is looking for a site to build a tent city concentration camp for children of undocumented immigrants forcibly separated from their parents. This is wrong. It is immoral. It is inhumane. Forcibly ...

On Charles Krauthammer, my friend, mentor and lodestar

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WASHINGTON — A few years ago, I was talking with Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News green room when the news that someone famous had passed away flashed on the television screen. Charles told me the way he hoped to go when his time came. His dream, he said, was to be assassinated during the ...