Opinion

Freeing Predators to Bilk Little People Hurts Everyone

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The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Draining the Food Stamp Swamp

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform — and justifiably so. The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion. The Trump ...

The weight makes the eggs

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Dear Readers: Have you ever wondered what makes a LARGE EGG LARGE? Let’s look at how eggs are sized. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (www.usda.gov) has designated six sizes of eggs, and their weights: one Jumbo egg is a minimum of 63 grams; an Extra Large egg is a minimum of 56 grams; ...

Thank you for the support

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Last year when I wrote this letter, I was not sure that it could get any better. Today, I know that for this community, anything is possible! The 26th anniversary of Night of Stars was held last month to benefit Iowa River Hospice and the American Cancer Society. It was an incredible and ...

Inside the Iowa House

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Inside the Iowa House Many years ago, my great uncle purchased a grocery store in Hopkins, Mo., from a previous owner. When he and his family started preparing the store for the grand opening, they found that many of the items they thought were on the shelves were actually empty containers and ...

Thank you BCLUW school board

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The Conrad American Legion Auxiliary Unit 681 is observing May 21-25 as a time to show the BCLUW school board their appreciation. Too often these men and women are forgotten as neighbors and community members. Most school board members have full time jobs outside of being a school board ...

The Day the Iran Deal Died

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Team Obama lives in a world of fiction. As President Trump announced to the world that he would finally put a stake through the heart of the Iran deal — the signal foreign policy “achievement” of the Obama administration — Obama’s former staffers lamented, rending their sackcloth ...

Learn how to live within your means

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Q: My husband and I both work full-time. We’re having problems making ends meet, so we’re looking for better jobs. Meanwhile, we’re trying to make a little extra here and there, but it’s becoming exhausting. Do you have any suggestions? Jim: It’s a common statement: The money comes ...

We are all influential people

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There have been many books written on leadership and how to influence people. This idea can be misleading. You see, I don’t think we have to learn how to influence people. We do that every day. We have an inevitable effect on our families, friends, co-workers, members of our community, etc. ...

The exhaustion factor

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The “wall of protection” conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose opinion programs — especially Sean Hannity’s — have been staunch defenders (some critics say mouthpieces) for the president, and The Wall Street Journal, which ...

No more dairy

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cherished bond between mother and child, my mind wanders to dairy cows, world-wide symbols of motherhood, who never get to see or nurture their own babies. Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk designed for them. The ...

Early experiences build school readiness

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With spring here and summer around the corner, now is a great time to provide outdoor educational experiences for young children. Walks to the park, climbing on equipment and hopping down the sidewalk help young children with balance and coordination. Toddlers and preschoolers are learning new ...

‘I am native born; do not try to manipulate me’

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There are not enough words allowed in this editorial to fairly explore the topic of today’s immigration issues. I do not mean to be one-sided or unkind but I deeply resent the use and abuse by radicals and activists who use emotionally-laden words to manipulate and divide the American ...

Well, Good for Michelle Wolf, Anyway

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Things are happening at warp speed these days, and maybe you’ve already moved on from comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance at last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Alas, I haven’t. Not just yet. The annual dinner is that one night of the year when ...

Search for classmates

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The Marshalltown High School Class of 1973 is holding its 45th class reunion June 21-23. We need help locating the following classmates: Charla Anderson Baker, Sue Anderson Frary, Paul Bloomquist, Jamie Brezina Snyder, Pam Britian Morris, Robert Burns, Marlene Carter House, Barbara Church ...

Democrats’ Dangerous Case of Trump Derangement Syndrome

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Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It can operate in politics, too. For example, Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith recently wrote, “It is part of Trump’s evil genius that he elevates himself by inducing ...

Dear Sen. Marco Rubio:

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You didn’t answer the question. Questions, plural, actually. As a result, I find myself addressing you for the second column in a row via open letter — and feeling not unlike Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction.” That is to say, “I’m not going to be ignored, Mario.” But first, ...

A good bill

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Adam Sodders did an excellent job of summarizing the new abortion bill with our three legislators from Marshall County. I’m sure there will be more time in court for the bill, but the state of Iowa has given the courts a good bill to look at.

Upstream From Culture

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In the book “After the Ball,” psychologist Marshall Kirk and ad man Hunter Madsen painted a picture of what the gay rights movement should do to normalize and advance their agenda in America. The book came out in 1990. Kirk and Madsen treated their book as a manifesto and we have witnessed ...