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Opinion

The Golden Rule

Your View

rs have noted that “the golden rule” holds true most of the time. The most universal statement of the principle is this: “Whatever you do onto others, they will probably do unto you.” There is a lot of evidence to support this notion. This principle, which prevails more often than ...

Protecting children’s health

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Picture this. The nation’s children are drinking on average what amounts to a bathtub full of sugary beverages every year. That’s 30 gallons of soda, sports drinks and probably the biggest healthy drink fraud of all, fruit juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart ...

Kiss me, kiss me not

Columnists

At a recent brunch here preceding the Carolina Cup steeplechase race, the host gave me a gift of hometown recognition and, though we are friends, extended his right hand as I approached him. As the gathering looked on, I ignored his hand and gave him a warm hug, which he returned. It was a ...

Jesus is the only way

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In every age, there are mockers who make fun of God and his creation. You may have heard them at times using their inexperienced, Biblical voices as they tell others how pathetic he is. Their minds float on a sea of unbelief, buoyed by the waves of anger and misconception. They don’t have a ...

‘We are Americans first’

Columnists

It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like “deja vu all over again.” In July, after all, it will be 15 years since a skinny guy with an odd name sang a hymn to American union. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America,” then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama told the ...

Both sides are wrong about the border crisis

Columnists

When President Trump shut down the government in an attempt to force Congress to fund a border wall, Democrats and liberal journalists -- including many mainstream reporters -- responded by insisting there was no crisis. “I’m from the border, there’s no crisis there,” Rep. Henry ...

Bang Bang Shrimp

Columnists

We were on our second helpings at the Chinese buffet (my dad was technically on his second helping but six plates in), when the lights flickered out. There were a few sharp screams and then silence. The crowded restaurant was waiting, bated breath. The lights came back on. My family members ...

New Job, Bad Job

Columnists

Ten minutes. That’s all it took for you to figure out that your brand-new job was a real stinker. And you had so much hope. How much time had you spent hating your old job? How many job sites had you clicked on? How many interviews had you gone on? Too many, that’s how many. But it ...

Barney the barn cat: Muse and mews

Columnists

Barney the Barn Cat, muse and mews, purrs while sleeping. Barney purrs when he sleeps. I’m not kidding. I once put my ear to his chest when he was sleeping and he was purring. Thinking that he might be sensing my approach, I sneaked up on him a couple of times when he was curled up, and it ...

Oil gushes skyward

Columnists

Crude oil prices popped near a five-month high this week as oil supplies are threatened worldwide. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is continuing to maintain a production cut that was implemented last year to intentionally raise prices, while a series of crises exacerbate ...

Thank you Iowa Legislature for passing 2019 Iowa CARE Act

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In life, we all assume a variety of roles, from son or daughter to spouse, parent and grandparent. An additional role many Iowans may take on — as our families and we all age — is that of caregiver. As a loved one is released from a hospital, it is often up to the family caregiver to ensure ...

Why was a well-deserved award rescinded from Mike Pompeo?

Columnists

How bad has Trump derangement syndrome gotten in Washington? Consider this: On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to receive the 2019 Foley American Hostage Freedom Award, in recognition of the Trump administration’s work in releasing Americans held hostage abroad. The award is ...

Patrons, talk to your school board members

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Patrons of Marshall County Schools please, make your voices heard. School administrators are making the recommendations through their school boards on ways to cut their budgets. In the past some vital class offerings or programs have been eliminated. If we want to maintain or increase ...

Our waterways policy is crony capitalism disguised as patriotism

Columnists

The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells Ross’ employer what he wants to hear: that imports of cars — “The Audis are coming! The Audis are coming!” — threaten “national security.” This report is required by ...

See the movie ‘Unplanned’

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Everyone should go to see the movie 'Unplanned.' Whether you consider yourself left or right; Democrat, Republican, independent or no affiliation; Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic; you should go see it. It may surprise you what you walk away with.

Is Bernie behind the attacks on Biden?

Columnists

There was always something fishy about the #MeToo complaint against Joe Biden. Putting hands on Lucy Flores’ shoulders and smooching the back of her head is in no way sexual. Even Flores admitted that. Nonetheless, Flores gave a dramatic rendition of the distress it caused her. “I just ...

When you don’t appreciate your civilization

Columnists

Last week, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Biden Courage Awards ceremony in preparation for his presidential campaign launch. There, in an attempt to forestall claims that as a white man, he simply isn’t intersectional enough to compete in the Democratic primaries, he critiqued a ...

Change Social Security to a program of ownership

Columnists

I have been an advocate for years of changing our Social Security system to a program of ownership rather than government taxing and spending. To those walking around with the idea that Social Security is some kind of pension in which you have been investing for years — forget it. ...

Breakfast isn’t important

Columnists

I skipped breakfast again this morning. I won’t worry about it. Yes, I’ve heard the advice. “It’s the most important meal of the day.” It balances blood sugar levels, kick-starts your metabolism, stimulates the brain, etc. A Harvard University study said men who regularly skip ...