Opinion

Soft and deferential to Democrats

Columnists

The media have spent the last two years arrogantly proclaiming that they are the urgently needed public servants who would boldly challenge power and ask the tough questions. But does that boldness continue when the Democrats win some power back? It doesn’t look like it. Democrats can say the ...

MCC is focused on student success and retention

Columnists

The issues of student success and retention are something on which all colleges across the United States are focused. The goal of retention is to have students remain enrolled from fall to spring semester and from first year to second year. Retention and student success are campus-wide ...

Sister, teacher

Columnists

Last month, I drove an hour east of Cleveland to Ashtabula, Ohio, where I grew up and where my youngest sister, Toni, is a high school English teacher. Once a week, she also teaches a “career enrichment” class for eighth-graders, which is why I was there. Our old high school is long gone, ...

Think things are bad now? They were lots worse in 1919

Columnists

The hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of World War I in Europe came and went with surprisingly little notice last Nov. 11. Commemoration was muted for a conflict that took the lives of some 15 to 19 million soldiers and civilians — estimates vary widely — ...

Black education: A glimmer of hope

Columnists

In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Florida, chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: “The (school) district has shown they just can’t do it. ... Now it’s time for the community to step in.” That’s a recognition that politicians and ...

On plucking nose hairs

Columnists

One of my older sisters once dated a much older guy who had not yet come to terms with growing up. I remember nothing about him — except his nose hair. He was the Rapunzel of nose hair. I do believe you could have climbed it straight into his brain. I was never sure if I should suggest to him ...

Dear Dietitian

Columnists

Dear Readers, What images come to mind when you think of a natural food? An apple freshly picked from a tree? A loaf of bread fresh out of the oven? Fresh green beans right out of the garden? Some food manufacturers are finding themselves in hot water for labeling their foods as natural when ...

Trump & The Post: Whose side is Mitt on?

Columnists

If there is a more anti-Trump organ in the American establishment than The Washington Post, it does not readily come to mind. Hence, in choosing to send his op-ed attack on President Donald Trump to the Post, Mitt Romney was collaborating with an adversary of his party and his president. ...

The Massachusetts Curse

Columnists

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first 2020 Democratic White House challenger to announce her “exploratory committee,” a legal device that allows candidates to receive donations and to hire staff in preparation for a full-fledged presidential candidacy. Make no mistake; ...

Hope springs eternal with Iowa’s 88th General Assembly

Columnists

Iowa’s 87th general assembly (2017-2018) was a mind-boggling head-spinner. Two examples: 1) we saw a $1.058 billion negative budgetary turnaround yet legislators handed out $611 million as corporate tax breaks and 2) legislators continued to underfund K-12 public schools while trying to ...

Beef Hash and Green Bean Casserole

Columnists

Today I have some easy casserole (better known as “hot dish” in Minnesota) recipes. After all the holiday cooking and eating, I’m ready for some easy comfort food meals. Beef Hash and Green Bean Casserole 2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen green beans 15 oz. can corned beef hash 10 oz. can ...

Have you seen ‘Ravaged?’

Your View

I want to compliment the people responsible for the book “Ravaged.” It was beautifully done and I have already given a few as gifts — some to friends who grew up here, but no longer live in Marshalltown. When one looks at the pictures it’s hard to believe no one was killed — no ...

Be kind, be aware in 2019

Our View

Kindness has been apparent from strangers and friends alike following the July 19, 2018 tornado. Without judgement and many times without being asked, people jumped in to help. It’s that spirt that helps make a community great for all. In 2019, we need to carry on that spirit with all our ...

Does Trump care he’s president?

Columnists

The office of the presidency is known for wearing down the mere mortals who hold it. At the very least, it prematurely ages its occupants. Often, it humiliates them, forcing them to rehabilitate their reputations later (George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter). In the worst case, it chews them up ...

Dogs have their day in our politicized society

Columnists

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It’s a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going up ...

New year, new hope

Columnists

It’s the start of a new year, a time many people use to start a new habit or project or reach for a professional goal. This week also marks the swearing in of the newly elected members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. There will be much pomp and circumstance as the House ...

Resolutions I will definitely commit to this year

Columnists

There are so many things I neglected to do in 2018 — however, I’m confident with the right resolutions this time around 2019 will finally be the Year of Kelly. This year I promise to do every single one of these to make myself a better person. Unless I get busy or forget about them or ...