Opinion

Trump’s Triumph or Kim’s Coup?

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This week, President Trump went to Singapore to meet with the most repressive dictator on the planet, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un. Kim presides over a slave state of 25 million people, with gulags stacked with hundreds of thousands of political dissidents. He has diligently pursued ...

Time magazine’s war on King Trump

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Anyone who walks past a newsstand knows that Time magazine hates Donald Trump. Don’t doubt us. You’d lose. In 2016, it pictured his orange face melting on the cover and then, months later, that same face melted into an orange puddle. Time considered it unthinkable that he would win. Then, ...

Tribune content agency

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I have often thought that tributes to those we love are best made when the object of our affection is still with us, rather than at their funerals. I do not know Charles Krauthammer well, though we would occasionally see each other at Fox News when I worked there and at Washington Nationals ...

I am your American flag

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I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag. With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777—and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By ...

Round up the parents; lose the children

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This is a story about children, but first I have to tell you what happened to the adults who love them. Earlier this week in northern Ohio, 200 or so federal immigration agents with weapons and trained dogs swarmed two garden centers of a family-owned business. They rounded up and bound the ...

Comments and Candidates

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The candidates for the November elections have been chosen. We have already heard from them what a terrible job Gov. Reynolds is doing. A couple of the candidates have stated what their goals are (paraphrased). Candidate Hubbell has already stated he would run against Gov. Reynolds on her ...

California results suggest blue wave has crested and ebbed

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The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states — containing the majority, 228 of 435, of House districts — have held their primaries, and all but the three with runoffs have chosen their nominees. The latest results, taken together with the generic vote ...

The new bigotry

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In 155 AD, Roman authorities ordered a man named Polycarp to burn incense for the Roman Emperor. Witnesses say the local authorities begged Polycarp to comply, some even acknowledging it was a meaningless act. But Polycarp refused. “Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did ...

Proper trash disposal

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I am writing this because as I drive around town, I see trash thrown out on our streets. Please be responsible and dispose of your trash properly. But, in the meantime, if one person in each block where you live could pick up your block to help keep our town looking good. It will take a ...

Diversity and inclusion harm

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In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it’s not long before the magical words “diversity” and “inclusiveness” drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, ...

Supports Hubbell for governor

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Some people say that they do not “begrudge Fred Hubbell for his wealth.” However, that is exactly what they are doing. They even cite Citizen’s United that only dealt with spending for political campaigns by organizations, not by the candidate. Should Hubbell be excluded from spending ...

Arrest Hunger a success

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On June 2, the Marshalltown Police Department participated in the “Arrest Hunger” food drive to benefit the Marshalltown Emergency Food Box. During this event, members of the Marshalltown Police Department accepted food and monetary donations to help feed hungry people in the community. The ...

Reynolds, a forward thinking governor

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I know its campaign time and there is going to be a lot said but former Gov. Tom Vilsack was in Marshalltown over the weekend and tried to define Gov. Reynolds saying she will have a hard time articulating what the next four years will be, is not true. That is not the way I would define her ...

Is Mayor de Blasio an anti-asian bigot?

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“Though New York City has one of the most segregated schools systems in the country,” writes Elizabeth Harris of The New York Times, until now, Mayor Bill de Blasio “was all but silent on the issue.” He was “reluctant even to use the word ‘segregation.’” Now the notion that ...

When politics was fun

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On Sept. 26, 1960, when Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy and his Republican opponent, Richard Nixon, met in the first ever nationally televised presidential debate — watched or listened to live by some 60 percent of adult Americans — there were no overnight polls or sophisticated voter ...

Trial of former CIA officer reveals Chinese spying tactics

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Chinese spying has been making news almost everywhere these days. A trial began in Virginia last week for a former Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of spying for China. Here in France, two retired foreign intelligence service officers have been held since December, accused of ...

A bee in Barr’s bonnet

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Call me naive — I’ve been called worse — but it never occurred to me that Roseanne Barr’s firing would be viewed by some as a political statement. Alas, it seems I’m a mere babe in the thicket. When I recently wrote about Barr’s racist Twitter attack on Valerie Jarrett, I was ...

Enjoy the season

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Today I have some recipes using fresh asparagus, Rhubarb and the grill. It’s time to enjoy the season. Ham Asparagus Quiche 1 c. cooked diced ham 9-inch pastry shell, partially baked 1 lb. fresh (trimmed to 4-inch pieces), cooked crisp tender & well drained 1 c. Swiss cheese, ...

Supports Riverside Cemetery efforts

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In regards to the letter to the editor “Appearance of Riverside Cemetery” on June 5. I believe there’s been a misunderstanding or a lack of information about maintenance at the cemetery. To compare Riverside to Rose Hill is like comparing apples to oranges. Riverside is a much older ...