Opinion

Trumping Trump was hard to do in 2018

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it of cards ranking above the others in a particular hand. Trump is also the surname of the 45th president of the United States. While examining main stream conservative, centrist and liberal media outlets on what they considered was the number one story of 2018, it may well be that “Trumping ...

At 63 trades tractor for an airplane

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The flight instructor asked Tom what he would do if he was going in for a landing and there was a horse in the middle of the runway. Tom thought for a moment and replied, “Well, I guess I’d do a go-around.” The instructor said, “You’d better do it, because there is a horse on the ...

Polar Vortex

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“If the thermometer was in inch longer we would have all frozen to death.” This may or may not have been said by Mark Twain. In “Following the Equator,” he did write, “The captain had been telling how, in one of his Arctic voyages, it was so cold that the mate’s shadow froze fast to ...

Preparing for a face off

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Last year I was convinced to get a pedicure, which I initially resisted because of “Man Reasons.” This was because I had always treated my feet like Donald Trump’s tax returns: if anyone saw them they’d be horrified and immediately launch a congressional inquiry. Despite my hesitation, ...

Chinese trade deal on horizon

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Soybean prices leapt to a six-week high on Friday after President Trump met with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and they made progress toward a deal to settle the ongoing trade war with China. Both countries’ leaders now appear optimistic that they can strike a compromise to prevent the ...

Lessons from the past

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Seventy-one years ago this month — in January 1948 — a black, 17-year-old high school dropout left home. The last grade he had completed was the 9th grade. He had no skills, little experience, and not a lot of maturity. Yet he was able to find jobs to support himself, to a far greater ...

Only Democrats can save this president

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Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man. — Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” Hakeem Jeffries has, it is whispered, ambitions. The 48-year-old congressman now in his ...

Trump doubles down on political disaster

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Having already blundered into self-inflicted political damage, President Trump seems poised to repeat himself in threatening a second government shutdown over his continued insistence that a southern border wall be built. In a Sunday interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said that ...

The Democrats’ Radicalism problem

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President Trump is deeply unpopular. According to RealClearPolitics, his favorability ratings now stand at just 41 percent — near-historic lows. This means that Democrats have the upper hand heading into 2020. All they have to do is not be radically insane. And they just can’t do ...

Klobuchar could break Minnesota’s presidential losing streak

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Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination is already known: “Beto,” aka Robert Francis, O’Rourke is a skateboarding man-child whose fascination with himself caused him to live-stream a recent dental appointment for — open-wide, please — teeth ...

A childhood home isn’t for everyone

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First, I saw the photo. Why, I wondered, was my youngest sister texting a picture of a yellow Kobelco excavator perched on a mountain of dirt and splintered wood? I read her message and felt my own patch of earth shift: “Saying good-bye to 1225.” Our childhood home. Gone. About two ...

Kamala Harris, ‘Populist’?

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In a widely praised National Review article excoriating the media, Charles C. W. Cooke writes, “Sometimes consciously, but most often unwittingly, journalists treat Democrats as normal and Republicans as abnormal and proceed accordingly in their coverage.” To put that another way, the ...

Sometimes tragedy happens and no one is to blame

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This past week our community was dealt yet another horrific blow. Corey Brown was a good kid from a great family. This tragedy will forever alter the Brown family and in many ways our community. All of us who call Marshalltown home are hurting. If you are a parent, the senselessness of this ...

Saddened by tragedy, continuing push for mental health care

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Let me begin my column by saying I, like our whole community, am saddened by the tragic death of a child.  I’ve always been very public about the drowning of my brother when he was 12.  First hand, I’ve experienced the guilt, the confusion and all the “what if” and “if only” ...

The legislative priorities of Iowa’s community colleges

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After the Iowa Legislature adjourns, Iowa’s Community College Presidents and Trustees review the activity of the past session and look to the future to identify issues that impact the statewide system before they prepare for the upcoming session. The list of legislative priorities are ...

Guest column: Sometimes tragedy happens and no one is to blame

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This past week our community was dealt yet another horrific blow. Corey Brown was a good kid from a great family. This tragedy will forever alter the Brown family and in many ways our community. All of us who call Marshalltown home are hurting. If you are a parent, the senselessness of this ...

Making laws should not be about lawmakers’ convenience

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One of the biggest contrasts in public access to state and local governments in Iowa came into focus last week, and Iowans should be concerned by what occurred. A bit of context: Iowans have long had the right to sit in on almost every meeting of state government policy-making and governing ...