Opinion

Excerpts from the sleepover journal

Columnists

I never attended many sleepovers when I was a kid, nor do I go to many now as an adult because that would be considered weird. Just me showing up at a buddy’s house with my Superman sleeping bag and a VHS copy of “Rudy.” Me: “I can’t wait to stay up past the bedtimes our wives put ...

Those ascended into Heaven

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This past Tuesday my Roman Catholic friends celebrated the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus; but I can’t find reference to her assumption in the Bible. I know we Protestants do not recognize the doctrine of Mary’s assumption, but is there biblical support for a doctrine of ...

Breitinger, Walt & Alex

Corn can’t pop

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Corn prices continued lower this week, dropping underneath $3.50 per bushel for the first time this year after the USDA showed improving corn crop quality on Monday. The USDA was already projecting an ample 14.2 billion bushel crop, and improving quality could boost the crop size to the ...

No knees, please

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the apparel young women wear on television: “Dear Heloise: I have a comment and a question. Why is there not enough budget money for the news and weather women to have clothing that would cover their knees?” - Anonymous in San ...

Trump Is Right: Bigotry, Violence ‘on Many Sides’

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British writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton observed, “It is hatred that unites people — while love is always individual.” The use of hatred to mobilize has a long and bloody history. We should understand why it works so well. It taps into human weakness. It exploits the unwillingness ...

The Group That Got Ignored in Charlottesville

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The “alt-right” is evil. White supremacism is evil. Neo-Nazism is evil. I’ve been saying these things my entire career; I’ve spent more than a year slamming various factions on the right that refuse to disassociate from and condemn popularizers of the racist alt-right. The media, too, ...

Trump’s inability to handle the truth drags his party down

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In case you’ve been wondering why President Trump flip-flopped twice in assigning blame for the Charlottesville street violence last weekend, the reason was simple. As he told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby on Tuesday, he didn’t have the facts at the time of his first comments, and when ...

Parents want to coax daughter out of shyness

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Q: Our daughter is painfully shy. As a toddler, she would run behind her mom’s legs when guests visited. Even now, as a young teenager, she struggles to look people in the eye. She does well in school, but we’re still concerned. How can we help our girl overcome her fear of social ...

Armageddon postponed

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...

The Press Is Not Trusted or Popular

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CNN delighted in reporting the results of a recent poll question that asked: “How much do you trust the things you hear in official communications from the White House? Do you trust almost all, most of it, just some of it, or nothing at all?” If a regular viewer of CNN were to choose ...

Prisoners’ Summer Swelter

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I received an unusual letter from Arizona recently. It was written by an inmate held at the Lewis state prison complex in Buckeye, Arizona, and signed by 39 other prisoners. Their complaint? That life inside the Buckley unit there is like hell. The record-breaking heat there this summer has ...

Owning My Age

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Last month, I turned 60, and just like that, I swear, something changed in me. It was as if my guardian angel reached into my soul and flipped a switch without warning. What a character, that one — a tall and wiry number with wild hair and a smoker’s hack. I’m not complaining. Let’s ...

Trump: Leaks and fake news

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Many issues bother me about our president. I’ll comment on two: 1. Leaks — Trump complains about Leaks but the President himself recently tweeted out a link to a Fox News report about North Korea that contained what U.S Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said was “classified ...

Google’s ‘Tolerance’ Requires Repression

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Last month, I turned 60, and just like that, I swear, something changed in me. It was as if my guardian angel reached into my soul and flipped a switch without warning. What a character, that one — a tall and wiry number with wild hair and a smoker’s hack. I’m not complaining. Let’s ...

Hate is here in Iowa

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After what has happened in Charlottesville we here in Iowa need to look at our own leadership and those who support them who spread hate and racism. Who am I referring to? Steve King. Need I say more?

We can’t wait any longer

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Iowa has more than 10,000 factory farms — more than any other state. These facilities come under fire from animal rights groups, environmentalists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are breeding grounds for diseases and generate 22 billion gallons of manure annually, ...

Thank you, President Eisenhower

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A cross-country trip by a U.S Army convoy in 1918 that made its way through Tama (and possibly Marshalltown) would later pave the way for the national interstate system. One of the officers included would go on to lead allied forces to victory in World War II, and serve two terms as ...

Protect my retirement

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As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that ...

Measure to honor our heroes near approval

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Tens of thousands of American military personnel have served in the assorted wars on terrorism that have been an unfortunate, but necessary, part of life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, thousands of these American patriots have given their lives in these crucial battles to preserve our way ...

Burning the Heretics

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James Damore, a Google employee with a Ph.D. from Harvard, penned a memo that cost him his job. Damore wrote that Google, in trying to advance diversity internally, needed to do it in different ways. One would never know that from the media’s coverage of his memo. It was a “controversial ...