Opinion

Billy Joel rocks on

Columnists

A search recently for good “road” music uncovered a number of Billy Joel CDs. They stirred my memory about his appearance on the “Tonight Show” some time ago. His interview with host Jimmy Fallon inspired my better half to purchase “KOHU,EPT” (translated from Russian as ...

Splash pad efforts moving forward

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As we continue on our journey to raise the funds necessary to bring a splash pad to Marshalltown we have enjoyed the opportunity to partner with different groups and businesses around Marshalltown and Central Iowa. It has been exciting to meet new people and share creative ideas on how to ...

Newspapers make America stronger

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Here at The Times-Republican, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Week. That makes it a good time to reflect on our industry. Newspapers are so much a part of daily life that most people spend ...

Dying Brings Clarity

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In April of 2016, doctors wheeled me in to a cardiac ICU. My breathing, more and more labored over several months, had become even harder. My blood oxygen level had fallen. What I thought was allergies turned out to be blood clots filling up my lungs over several months. On that day, I was ...

We were idiots then

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We were such idiots then. That realization is, if you are a guy, an unavoidable hazard of seeing the new movie, “Battle of the Sexes.” The film, in which Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the 1973 tennis face-off between “women’s libber” Billie Jean King and “male chauvinist ...

Where do I put the money?

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Dear Dave, I have a savings account for my two-year old that has $5,000 in it, and about half of that is in gold. I’m going to save for his college separately, and give this to him to help start his life after school. Is there a better place to put this other than a traditional savings ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

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National 4-H Week, which began Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Judge Moore & God’s Law

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When elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Roy Moore installed in his courthouse a monument with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved into it. Told by a federal court his monument violated the separation of church and state, Moore ...

Democrats, Don’t Blame the Voters Who Are Not Racist

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One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

‘The things that bind’

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I learned that if one were to observe three different babies, all three born totally blind and all three from vastly different parts of the world; one's father herds goats on the African Savannah, another's father owns oil wells on the Caspian, the last one's father sells insurance in Des ...

Vacation journal: The ride into oblivion

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Editor’s note: This is from the Van De Walle Collection, originally published Oct. 23, 2016. Dear Journal, It’s the calm before the storm that is strapping an annoyed, tired, hungry, squirming whine machine into a car for the first eight of a 12-hour journey. And that’s just me. The ...

Bringing home with me

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Let me paint a picture for you: A 27-year-old dreamer, leaves his parents’ home where he had just spent the night enjoying a football game, a nice home-cooked dinner, and the camaraderie that one can only find at home. As he begins the short journey to his house, tears begin to well up in his ...

Merkel misses the mark

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a major electoral setback this week, muddying the outlook for her rule and the future of the European Union. Germany’s two mainstream parties, the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democrats both lost substantial support to fringe parties, ...

Oktemberfest car show woes

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I go to car shows at Gladbrook, State Center, Iowa Falls and Marshalltown’s Oktemberfest. I know what a normal car show involves. I noticed at last year’s Marshalltown show, the awards and door prizes were less than in previous years. This letter is for whoever put on this year’s ...

Iowa agricultural leaders have an opportunity

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Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...

Disabled by Government

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A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act. Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five years, Berkeley ...

No money from me

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ewing habits has occurred. The pro-football game has become a political vehicle. However, college football has remained true to the sport. Most of my friends have develoved a similar attitude of disgust at the political protests of all the pro players and owners. NO GO PRO! NCAA Hurray!

Kodet, Rose

Taste of Central Iowa

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Autumn goodness October means fall recipes ... here are three: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars 1 pkg. pound cake mix 3 eggs, divided 2 Tbls.. butter, melted 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 can (15 oz.) ...

Medicare by the numbers

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Dear Readers: Have you been waiting for a new MEDICARE CARD, one that might protect your identity better? Your wait will be over soon. Here’s the scoop: Your current Medicare card probably has your Social Security number on it. Medicare strongly suggests that seniors and others who ...

The Strategy of Going Too Far

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There’s a running argument on the right these days. It begins each time the left overreacts to a Trumpian move with wild radicalism, alienating Americans in the middle. Some on the right attribute the left’s penchant for political hara-kiri to President Donald Trump’s masterful ...