Opinion

Whether by money or merit, we will not be ‘ruled’

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Noah Millman wrote a marvelously honest piece for “The Week” last week about the pay-to-play college admissions scandal. He acknowledges what many have known for a long time: First, that admission to the most elite schools is not purely based upon merit. Second, that education as good as ...

How to silence debate, New Zealand edition

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has unleashed a barrage of openly anti-Semitic commentary. She suggested that Israel had “hypnotized the world.” She recently suggested that Jewish money lay behind American support for Israel. Finally, she suggested that American Israel supporters are ...

Heartland has always had speakers in D.C.

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In Monday’s paper, Adam Sodders wrote an interesting story about an entrepreneur from State Center, Afton Stout, going to appear before a committee in the U.S. Capitol last week. The committee is headed by Rep. Abby Finkenauer. It’s a good article until the last paragraph where Sodders ...

The seemingly endless campaign

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The epidemic of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates that has already broken out, not to mention at least one Republican challenge to President Trump, assures a marathon slow dance to next year’s national party conventions. By the time the Democratic National Committee holds its first ...

Blackface, immigration, jobs and national debt

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My thoughts on blackface, immigration, jobs and the national debt. Blackface — Teaching a country school at 17, I can remember having a copy of the Ten Commandments above the blackboard (something young people today need badly). I also remember our production of a “Minstrel Show” and ...

Managing big feelings

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As a former child care provider, I have seen my fair share of meltdowns, temper tantrums and screaming fits. It is a normal part of a child’s growth and development to be able to express feelings, wants and needs. However, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be an epic battle. Big ...

A harsh president

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President Trump made a rare appearance at a church last Sunday. It’s a safe bet the sermon was not based on Proverbs 15:1 — “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” If it was, it didn’t appear to have much effect. Before and after church, the president ...

Here comes a cakewalk for Democrats

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At this point in Donald Trump’s presidency, we’ve become almost numb to the daily panic and screeching that defines his press coverage. Some can’t take it anymore. They shouldn’t show CNN at airports for fear those people will jump out of their planes in midair to escape it all. But ...

Year one of Junior Achievement a huge success

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In January of 2018, Marshalltown Schools began its implementation of Junior Achievement (JA) with kindergarten through fifth grade. Since that time, 94 volunteers have been paired with 128 classrooms to deliver lessons provided by Junior Achievement. Fifty-three businesses in the Marshalltown ...

Chicago’s clues for the 2020 Democrats

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There was a record-sized field of candidates containing as many women as men. Their surnames ranged from the long familiar to the novel and exotic; they had multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds, and at least one gay candidate was in the running. This sounds like the ever-expanding list of ...

College cheating scandal

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Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people involved in cheating and bribery in order to get their children admitted to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities such as Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Southern California and UCLA. ...

More questions than answers

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In response to Sen. Jeff Edler’s column titled, “Bill on educating savings grants should be supported,” I’m greatly concerned what this would mean for all parties involved. I think we can all agree that children with disabilities deserve the same high-quality education that children who ...

Into the Quadragesima

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In A.D. 324, Constantine became the undisputed ruler of the whole Roman Empire. Once secured in that position, Constantine demanded that persecution of Christians stop. Between the death of Christ around A.D. 33 and the rise of Constantine’s father, Constantius Chlorus, to caesar of the ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear Readers, Today I am writing about a topic near to my heart: nutrition and cancer, or more pointedly, nutrition myths and cancer. My clinical experience included 12 years of oncology nutrition, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Good nutrition can help prevent some types of cancer, ...

Sherrod Brown will be missed

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Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party — a list ...

Is diversity a root cause of dual loyalty?

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“We can’t be divided by race, religion, by tribe. We’re defined by those enduring principles in the Constitution, even though we don’t necessarily all know them.” So Joe Biden told the firefighters union this week. But does Joe really believe that? Or does that not sound more ...

Thank you, Bubba and Tuck

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Some days you wake up and think, “Nope, not getting up.” I call these column days. Then, there are those other times when you practically hurl yourself from the sheets in a grande jete because: Bubba the Love Sponge and Tucker Carlson. I call these proof of the deity. Bubba is a radio ...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Since I don’t have a drop of Irish blood running through my veins but I do like corned beef, I have a very easy dip for you today. Corned Beef Dip Mix: 3 small packages corned beef, chopped 1/2 c. green pepper, chopped 1/2 c. onions, chopped 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 8 oz. ...

Support the IVCCD Bond Referendum

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The Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors supports the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Bond Referendum being brought before voters on April 2. After researching the bond proposal, board members believe it will strengthen our community through support of both ...