Opinion

Newspapers still matter

Columnists

As a senior in high school I was asked what I was going to do after graduation so frequently I felt like a broken record — “I’m going to Iowa State to study journalism and marketing.” I don’t remember most times I was asked the age-old question, but I remember one exchange. After ...

Best Chili Chicken

Columnists

Recently I was invited to dinner and the hostess served the best chili chicken dish, so I am passing the recipe on. Also, there are a couple of other recipes worth making. Best Chili Chicken 4 cooked chicken breasts 12 med flour tortillas 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can cream of ...

Thanks for support with Buddy Poppies

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On July 19, our community was forever changed by the devastating tornado that ripped through part of Marshalltown. During Sept. 13-15 The Veterans of Foreign Wars held its annual Buddy Poppies fundraising event. Thanks to the generosity of the community of Marshalltown, it was a success. As ...

Iowans need to address violence against women

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Iowa tragically lost two young women — Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquin Arozamena — recently. The stories have not only shaken our state, but they have made their way around the world. While their lives should be fondly remembered and not politicized, our communities must look at the ...

Florence isn’t finished yet

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From dark and stormy to clear and breezy, the coastline that a million or so of us evacuated two weeks ago now looks like any other perfect day at the beach. The only signs of there having been any weather at all are a few scattered piles of pine straw in the street. Yet doom is rising all ...

The Golden Rule

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Do we not teach our children about the Golden Rule? Recently, I happened to turn on the TV and Jeopardy was on. The question was “What do you call it when you do unto others as you wish them to do unto you?” Most contestants on this show are intelligent or well-educated young people. Not ...

Hazards of an era of digital lynch mobs

Columnists

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged.” Jesus preaches that in the book of Luke. But then, Jesus never had Twitter. Or, for that matter, Instagram or Facebook. He never had, in other words, one of the social media platforms on which millions of us routinely judge other people every day. ...

Partisan politics are trampling American ideals in Kavanaugh saga

Columnists

Even if it could be proven that Christine Blasey Ford deliberately slandered Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — and I am not saying that’s the case — that act of willful character assassination wouldn’t the worst thing about this horrid chapter in American life. Donald Trump has ...

The Apologetic Flasher

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"I came out of my apartment, and there he was — trench coat wide-open, totally naked, so proud of himself." This past week, one of my best friends came to visit, and along with her came a collection of stories from our time apart. We met while living in Los Angeles but grew up just 20 ...

Fighting to HAVE FUN!

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As a parent, most of the time you’re simply trying to survive and maintain your sanity. Many businesses capitalize on sleep-deprived parents’ lack of mental acuity, which explains amusement parks. When my cousin suggested a family reunion at an amusement park, I had an alternate ...

Hassenfritzs return from vacation

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Kimn Hassenfritz looked up from the breakfast table. “What is that awful noise?” she asked. There it was again. The noise sounded like a cross between an elk bugling and a sick goose. It was coming from their neighbor’s house. Tom Hassenfritz, Kimn’s husband, put down his morning ...

America’s global leadership is threatened

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Of the 195 countries the United States interacts with, three countries are not fazed when President Trump rails against NATO, NAFTA, United Nations, World Trade Organization, climate accord, European Union, Iran’s seven-nation nuclear agreement, TPP and imposed trade tariffs. They are ...

Silver Shines on Inflation Prospects

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The silver market was shining Friday after a long dull period. Though gold, platinum and copper futures closed higher on Friday too, only the “blue metal” blew over the highs of the past 30 days, drawing the attention of investors and near-panic buying from short-term speculators. Both ...

Brett Kavanaugh fights back

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WASHINGTON — As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse — and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a world where their lives and reputations ...

America should do away with the death penalty

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WASHINGTON — Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the ...

Should you believe all accusers?

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This week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was eating at a restaurant with his wife, Heidi Cruz, when he was suddenly accosted by a group of “anti-racism activists.” These activists grilled Sen. Cruz on whether he believed the three-decade-old sexual abuse allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ...

Trump and the limits of presidential power

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Donald Trump. who runs the presidency as if he were a king, is learning the limits of presidential power in his struggle against political adversaries seeking to dethrone him by constitutional means. The principal serious endeavor is the Justice Department investigation by Special Counsel ...

Kavanaugh show will help Republicans in November

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A new report from Gallup should sober up those expecting a “blue wave” in the November elections. According to this recently released report, the percent of Americans saying they have a “favorable” view of Republicans now stands at 45 percent, up from 36 percent. Favorability for ...

The vast anti-Kavanaugh conspiracy

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Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi wrote a Sept. 25 article on liberal-media bias headlined “Kavanaugh Supporters See a Conspiracy Afoot.” The Post painted this as a little crazy, like a UFO is involved. Can anyone imagine the idea of the Democrats and liberal reporters working hand ...

The Kavanaughs speak

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At times Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh sounded rehearsed and overly cautious in their “exclusive” interview with Fox News host Martha McCallum Monday night. Brett Kavanaugh repeated verbatim lines about defending his character and allowing the “process” to play out. He said he would not ...