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Opinion

Yes, America needs walls. But the country is not ‘full.’

Columnists

President Trump is 100 percent correct that there is a crisis on our southern border. And he is absolutely right when he says some migrants are abusing our asylum laws. But he is dead wrong when he declares, in what has become his favorite refrain, that “Our country is FULL.” Sorry, our ...

The open borders agenda rears its ugly head

Columnists

This week, President Trump fired his homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen was, according to media and the Democrats, a monster of the highest order. She was allegedly the force behind the caging of children (that practice began under President Barack Obama and actually ended ...

Biden’s awkward 2020 start, and prospects for rebounding

Columnists

Former Vice President Joe Biden, apparently on the verge of entering the 2020 Democratic presidential race, stubbed his toe by joking about the allegations of several women that he invaded their personal space. Biden, a warm and gregarious public schmoozer all his life, chose in defending ...

Helping instead of hazing

Columnists

Last month, in the wake of the Felicity Huffman/Lori Loughlin/et al. college admissions scandal, I wrote a column about Americans’ outdated obsession with so-called “elite” colleges and universities. Space restrictions prevented me from discussing another troublesome issue: the fraternity ...

Republicans slam-dunk 2020 Presidential candidate

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As each day progresses forward in Donald Trump’s presidency, GOP Senators and Representatives are letting Trump know he’s creating turmoil. Plus, the 219 Republicans up for re-election recognize being associated with Trump might backfire on Election Day, 2020. But ... a lifetime registered ...

Child mental health bill needs improvements

Columnists

One of my favorite television commercials was a cartoon that showed a gangly man walking along with chocolate filled buckets in each hand. His foot hit a rock and as he stumbled, the pails of chocolate flew through the air and into the top window of the Keebler Elves’ tree. You heard some ...

Natural methods of fertility awareness provide healthy alternative

Columnists

Worldwide FertilityCareTM Week was celebrated March 24 - 30 this year. In Marshalltown, the week ended with a fantastic conference called Going Natural, A Healthy Choice. The conference was sponsored by our local Culture of Life Committee as well as other organizations throughout the state. ...

It’s about time

Columnists

President Trump has designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). It’s about time. Other administrations might have done it, but didn’t. In a statement, the president said, “The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. ...

Focus on budget prioritizing Iowans

Columnists

Last week was the 12th week of the 2019 legislative session and budget bills have started moving in both chambers. The first budget bill passed off the floor of the Senate this week. Senate Republicans have proposed a budget for the next fiscal year that is sustainable, responsible and ...

‘They’ are Americans

Columnists

More than a decade ago, when I was a reporter at The Plain Dealer, management invited a number of us in the newsroom to a special training session on how to report about race. I don’t remember the exact year we did this — it was long before I left the paper in 2011 — but I will never ...

Plenty of enjoyable events as school year winds down

Columnists

This time of the year in Marshalltown Schools we seem to build up to the anticipation of Marshalltown High School graduation, which is at 2:30 p.m. on June 2 at the Roundhouse. While it is always enjoyable to witness this event featuring the excited families and graduates, there are many ...

Education Appropriations and property taxes

Columnists

This Friday is the second funnel date where Senate bills must get approval from at least one House committee. This funnel does not apply to Appropriations or Ways and Means bills, and a few other bills that have companions in both chambers. We have begun to work Appropriations bills this week ...

Please reconsider, Mr. President

Columnists

In 2017, speaking to a group of leaders from Central America, Vice President Mike Pence declared, “To further stem the flow of illegal immigration and illegal drugs into the United States, President Trump knows, as do all of you, that we must confront these problems at their source. We must ...

Millennials for Socialism

Columnists

If one needed evidence of the gross ignorance of millennials, and their teachers and college professors, it’s their solid support for socialism and socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Socialism has produced tragedy wherever it has been implemented. Last year marked the 40th ...

Dear Dietitian

Columnists

Chances are you know someone who has diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 million Americans have the disease. There is type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas no longer secretes insulin, so the patient must take insulin shots. With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas secretes ...

2020: Socialist America or Trump’s America?

Columnists

In the new Democratic Party, where women and people of color are to lead, and the white men are to stand back, the presidential field has begun to sort itself out somewhat problematically. According to a Real Clear Politics average of five polls between mid-March and April 1, four white men ...

The Powell Doctrine has been repealed

Columnists

Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

The future of Iowa’s economy depends on the Latino Community

Columnists

It was 9:30 in the morning and my first stop was for coffee at West End Perk. This was my first time in Marshalltown and before I could initiate a conversation with any of the local residents I was approached by a coffee shop regular who immediately asked, “What are you?” The changing ...

Recipes to kick off the month

Columnists

It’s finally April. Even though the temperatures are up and down, they are at least more up than down. Some recipes to kick off the month. Celery Seed Salad Dressing for Fruit 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 tsp. salt 1/4 onion (grated) 1/3 c. vinegar 1 c. salad oil 1 Tbls. ...