Opinion

Such Empty Thoughts and Prayers

Columnists

No matter how great one’s faith in God, after yet another massacre of innocent people, it’s impossible to believe that prayer alone is going to save us from ourselves. We’re living and grieving this essential truth, no matter how many times we try to tell ourselves and anyone who will ...

Both Parties’ Seem Determined to Lose the Next Elections

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Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It’s a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet ...

Jack LaLanne: ‘Helping people help themselves’

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A person lives on if but one of their ideas or personal attributes transforms others. Such is the case with the late Francois Henri “Jack” LaLanne, who died in 2011 at age 96. For a large majority of his life he was an idea and attribute machine. My thoughts had turned to LaLanne ...

When ignorance is impervious to fact

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You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters. This is back in 2010, after I recounted in this space an astonishing feat of World War I heroism — a small African-American soldier named Henry Johnson, ...

The Normalization of Gun Violence Lies

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It takes six months in America to get an X-ray, but you can buy an AR-15 immediately. That is one of the lies pushed by gun control advocates in the United States. It is easier to buy a gun in the United States than vote. Never mind that one needs photographic identification to do the former ...

Get Out of the Way

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The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do? Give us lots of money, say many. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, demanded $150 billion — just for Texas. So far, Congress has agreed to $15 billion in hurricane relief. But more will come. Few Americans will ...

He’s becoming a man

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Dear Dave, My son is about to go off to college, and I’m concerned about how he’ll handle his money when he gets there. We’ve taught all our children how to use your envelope system, and to save and give, but I’d like some advice on how he can safeguard his finances a little ...

The Dead Soul of Stephen Paddock

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What was his motive? Why did he do it? Why did Stephen Paddock, 64, rent rooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel, sneak in an arsenal of guns, a dozen of them converted to fully automatic, and rain down death on a country music concert? “We will never know,” writes columnist Eugene ...

War Is Not a Spectator Sport

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On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: ‘’I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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As usual, I was looking through some old recipes I had clipped out of newspapers and magazines and found some I’m planning on trying including the Sweet Potato Cranberry Bake recipe I’m going to make for Thanksgiving this year. Sweet Potato Cranberry Bake 4 large sweet potatoes 2 c. ...

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Greg Arnerich, of Mesa, Ariz., pauses at a memorial for the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week.

Mourning for those you didn’t know

Columnists

Sometimes the most difficult part about being a journalist is having to separate yourself from the story. When an event occurs, you have to remain objective. It’s important that you present all viewpoints and avoid getting caught up in the emotion of the story. However, when 59 people ...

When evil comes armed

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I learned there is no good way to explain a mass-shootings to a seven-year-old. But I don’t have to. My son does. My daughters do. I wouldn’t be able to. No one has ever explained it to me. I once believed mass-killing was an act of insanity. That the murderer was urged on by voices in ...

Trespassers will be soaked on sight

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As a homeowner, not only are you responsible for defending your house from appliances that insist on breaking and children that insist on breaking them, you’re also responsible for warding off pests. These can take many forms: rodents, ants, neighbors’ kids, etc. For the last several months ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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The words Laus Deo are displayed in our nation’s capital. What do those words mean and where and why are they displayed? The best answer to your question is contained in a past “Westminster Fellowship” newsletter; in which its editor, James E. Tuckett, attributes the following to Don ...

Future Files

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Crude oil prices fell sharply this week amidst ongoing concerns about a glut of U.S. crude oil that could get worse if refineries are affected by Tropical Storm Nate. The storm is projected to travel northward through the Gulf of Mexico and hit Louisiana, potentially crossing paths with dozens ...

Fighting Off the ‘Monsters’

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I remember when my son was old enough to sleep in a toddler bed. For a period of about two months, each night our son was persistent on us sleeping in his room. We would wait until we “thought” he was asleep, and quietly sneak out of his room only to find out he wasn’t completely asleep. ...

Celebrating healthy eating as part of National School Lunch Week

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Mark your calendar for National School Lunch Week. Created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National School Lunch Week celebrates the benefits of the National School Lunch Program. This year, Marshalltown School Nutrition Services will recognize National School Lunch Week from Oct. ...

MCBD will move forward without SSMID

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The Marshalltown Central Business District (MCBD) has been a Main Street program since 2002. MCBD works to improve business relations, beautify downtown and restore buildings. To expand and increase programs, a SSMID was suggested to fund these specific efforts. While the SSMID was stopped by ...

‘It Never Ends’

Columnists

Before I started attending Kent State in the fall of 1975, I was a kid living in small-town Ashtabula, Ohio, on the northern edge of a county by the same name, which had lost 26 servicemen in the Vietnam War. Our state total was 3,094, ranking us fifth in casualties. I don’t remember seeing ...

Supreme Court Needs Just to Reaffirm Equal Population Requirement

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Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s legislative district lines as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. It’s attracted attention because many high-minded commentators have blamed partisan gerrymandering for today’s ...