Opinion

It started last Friday

Columnists

I finally talked myself into going back to CrossFit a month ago. But on Friday, I couldn’t finish a very easy workout. I couldn’t catch my breath. A hurricane rolled through two weeks ago, and the remnant of the storm that went through Mexico passed through on Thursday and Friday last ...

Is this worse than ‘68?

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Sabbath celebration at the Tree of Life synagogue became the site of the largest mass murder of Jews in U.S. history. Eleven worshippers were killed by a racist gunman. Friday, we learned the identity of the crazed criminal who mailed pipe bombs to a dozen leaders of the Democratic Party, ...

You can’t choose your relatives

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George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

The President and the Constitution

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In the days leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, President Donald Trump has chosen to wheel out the boogeyman that helped him win the presidency: immigration. It is an act of desperation that will only work if it motivates people to vote on the basis of ignorance, fear and hatred. There ...

Avenatti’s white-man offense and red-hot lies

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At last, Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in hoping that Michael Avenatti, the wannabe progressive president, will soon disappear. Best known as the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and more recently for representing Julie Swetnick, who leveled a dubious gang-rape charge ...

Thank you for supporting our business

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Our business, 3rd Generation Upholstery, was recently awarded grant money from donations for tornado relief for downtown businesses. We are so grateful for this money and are humbled by the generosity of the people of Marshalltown. With the money from the grant we were able to purchase ...

Why you should vote in the mid-term election

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Historically, voter turnout is always higher during presidential elections. From a magnitude perspective, it makes sense — it’s the highest office in the United States and the president is a leader who represents us all around the world. But from a more prudent perspective, turnout ...

Reality always has the last word

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“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell -- I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” -- Donald Trump, Feb. 1, 2016 “I’d like to punch him in the face.” — Donald Trump, Feb. 22, ...

Why tear down the senior center?

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I see the city council has elected to accept $692K for the senior center then spend $500K to tear it down. Why? If developers are so interested in the property let them tear it down. Unless you can prove you can recover the $500K and make more money selling bare land than selling as is; I go ...

Trump didn’t encourage Pittsburgh shooter, but he’s not helping

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The debate over whether or not President Trump encouraged the man who set out to slaughter Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh really isn’t a debate at all. It’s a shouting match. “Yes, he did!” “No, he didn’t!” And it will likely only make things worse, as each ...

Thank you for supporting veterans at IVH

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Thank you so much to those who graciously donate to the residents at the Iowa Veterans Home. We currently have close to 500 residents with a variety of needs. Our Volunteer Advisory Committee is raising money for our Christmas Fund to purchase gifts for residents. Giving for Christmas will ...

Grumpy Halloween

Columnists

Halloween doesn’t just happen on Oct. 31 anymore. In my town, we have a monster parade that marches though the entire city, bringing joy and flamethrowers to thousands of onlookers. It ends in a massive disco dance party for the whole community — with all the people clad in costume and on ...

Thanks from Friends of Marshall County Conservation

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A multitude of thanks are due to many angels who helped facilitate the “Sunset Wine, Cheese and Auction” to benefit the Friends of Marshall County Conservation on Oct. 12. We are grateful that, when we learned our event had to be moved, Barb Hagstrand was willing to accommodate us ...

Chronicles of Cool Dad: Trampoline Park Edition

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Trampoline parks combine the joys of a daycare center and the thrills of mid-air turbulence with the manic uncertainty of when you’re going to twist an ankle or enjoy whiplash for the first time. It’s like entering a child mosh pit and paying $45 for the privilege. To be honest, I was ...

Three-year anniversary

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Ginnie and I recently celebrated our three-year wedding anniversary. On Oct. 10, three years ago, Ginnie stepped out of the back door of our garage, strolled across the grass, to the music and singing of “Going to the Chapel” and my life, our lives, changed forever. Who would have thought ...

Soybeans Surge on China Talks

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Soybeans exploded nearly 5 percent on Thursday on the heels of a tweet by President Trump: “Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China… with a heavy emphasis on Trade.” While light on details, the president’s optimism spilled over into the soybean ...

We survived Nixon. We’ll survive Trump.

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Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced that the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our nation survived ...

The madness of college basketball goes well beyond March

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Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New York jury, which ...

Charles Spencer Lusher, 81

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Charles Spencer Lusher, 81, of Grinnell passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services for Charles will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Visitation will be on Tuesday, ...

Equal justice #ForAll

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Consider the fates of two prominent Americans, comedian Louis C.K. and former President Bill Clinton. Both have been accused of serious sexual misconduct. But unlike the comedian, whose recent tiptoe back into show business has been met with howls of protest, Clinton continues to enjoy public ...