Opinion

Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Conscience’

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The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the ...

Home improvement debt?

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Dear Dave, I’m debt-free except for my home, and I’m considering having solar panels installed on the roof of the house. It would cost about $27,000. I have $80,000 in savings, but the company doing the installation will finance it all for just one percent interest. It’s almost like ...

Is the American Empire Worth the Price?

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“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards of the American ...

Trump’s Deadly Ego Trip

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Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would “take care of everybody” with a “beautiful” new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Such election-year vows were abandoned months ago, ...

Single-Payer Will Cut Boomers’ Lives Short

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If you’re a baby boomer, you’re expecting Medicare to pay for that knee replacement or cataract operation you’ll need in 10 or 20 years. Don’t count on it. Health care reform is taking a dangerous turn. Democrats, energized by the failure to repeal Obamacare, are again pushing a ...

‘Fire and Fury’ unleashed on gold and stocks

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A war of words between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spooked global investors this week. On Tuesday, President Trump warned that the United States would unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it made further threats on the United States. Kim Jong-un responded by ...

Freedom behind the fences

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A rose bush, a fragile sort of thing, thrives with a little pruning, a little protecting from aphids, a little nurturing. And so it is with freedom. As I am thinking of freedom, I am wondering, is it a right? Is it a privilege? And I come to believe it is both and more. It is a condition. It ...

Expert advice for your next weigh-in

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Eleven-time five-division professional boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to fight two-division world mixed martial arts world champion Conor McGregor on Aug. 26, the pair making approximately the same amount of money as the combined GDP of Zimbabwe and Jamaica. Mayweather is ...

More than souls vs. fossil fuels. It’s money vs. money

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There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and ...

Property owner, not us, needs to pay for cleanup

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In reference to the cleanup of the Villager apartment site, I’m in total agreement with councilor Lamer. Considering the fire took place over three months ago, it would seem that this is an ample time frame for demolition bids to be obtained and the needed work to be completed. I’m ...

Are sanctuary cities nothing more than hideouts?

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In biblical times, a sanctuary city was a place where someone who had committed unintentional manslaughter could find refuge from “the avenger of blood.” If the offender left the sanctuary city, he could be set upon by a relative of the dead person and killed. No sanctuary was available to ...

Closing charges up readers

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Dear Readers: The letter about department stores CLOSING CUSTOMERS’ CHARGE ACCOUNTS for inactivity hit a nerve. Here are just a few of the many reader responses: Erin and Rebecca said, “If you keep your balance at zero, the store is not collecting interest or finance charges.” ...

Say cheese!

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I want to let the persons that broke into several rental sheds on West High Street that you took a better picture than my driver’s license picture. Guess what? Read the T-R. Businesses are getting smarter. It’s called security cameras. “Say cheese!” Cameras were directly on your faces. ...

Farmers markets are good for America

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Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture took note of that development be proclaiming this week National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took note of the ...

Google’s Leftist Goggles Leave Googlers Agog

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So, Google is a leftist company. That’s no surprise. All you’d have to do to verify that fact is watch the rotating Google doodles throughout the year. They frequently feature social justice warriors, leftist causes celebres and random slaps at religion. Or you could check its search ...

Immigrants a Convenient Scapegoat

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The administration rolled out its new immigration policy at the White House Wednesday during a week when nothing has gone well for the president. President Donald Trump has failed at health care reform. His poll numbers have slipped to 33 percent approval in a new Quinnipiac poll and 36 percent ...

Trump’s generals add stability to administration

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With President Trump on a “working vacation” at his New Jersey golf club and with Congress on its summer recess, there’s hope for at least modest relief from the political chaos that has dominated his first six months in office. Some legislators continue to consider resurrecting the ...

Preparing for preschool

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Whether we like it or not, summer is about over. The backpacks are nearly ready, teachers are heading back to their classrooms and summer vacations are ending. If you have a preschool-aged child, I can almost guess that the questions are pouring in, while you fight back the tears. Here are some ...

How Did the Dems’ IT Scandal Suspects Get Here?

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Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets — especially if the public’s tax dollars subsidized their ...