Opinion

We survived Nixon. We’ll survive Trump.

Columnists

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced that the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our nation survived ...

The madness of college basketball goes well beyond March

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Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New York jury, which ...

Charles Spencer Lusher, 81

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Charles Spencer Lusher, 81, of Grinnell passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services for Charles will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Visitation will be on Tuesday, ...

Equal justice #ForAll

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Consider the fates of two prominent Americans, comedian Louis C.K. and former President Bill Clinton. Both have been accused of serious sexual misconduct. But unlike the comedian, whose recent tiptoe back into show business has been met with howls of protest, Clinton continues to enjoy public ...

When we broaden the definition of incitement, freedom suffers

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Over the past week, we’ve heard the media pitching one particular narrative nonstop: the story that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has resulted in increased violence. We heard it in the aftermath of a spate of attempted bombing attacks against Democratic targets by a Floridian nut job, ...

The midterms: All about Trump

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Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he has made next week’s’ midterm congressional elections all about him. He has told his faithful flock so in no uncertain terms, saying it’s irrelevant that his name won’t be on the ballot anywhere. Candidates of both major parties will be ...

The midterm elections

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The midterm elections are less than a week away, and predictions are changing daily. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight predicts that Democrats will take the House but not the Senate. MyBookie says the odds are better that Republicans will keep control of both. Some Democratic optimists are still ...

Take it to a vote

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With state elections taking place next week, now is a great time to talk to children about the importance of voting. It is a great way to teach your children how our cities, counties and country work. Start the conversation I love dinner table conversations or car ride chats that give our ...

Oppose Alliant Energy Smart Meter

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Iowa Consumer Advocate, Mark Schuling is opposing Alliant Energy’s smart meter rollout at an Iowa Utility Board hearing Nov. 5 in Des Moines. Attorneys General and state utility boards around the country have opposed smart meters due to many studies showing no cost benefit. Smart meters ...

Hating the Jews

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“Some of my best friends are Jews.” That familiar, yet offensive, phrase has been used by some people as a defense against an accusation of anti-Semitism. It’s time, however, to rebrand it as a positive affirmation of love and concern for the Jewish people. In light of the latest mass ...

Again, we fight for the vote

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Coretta Scott King saw this coming. “Struggle is a never-ending process,” she wrote a year after her husband, Martin, was killed. “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” The fight is upon us, again. First stop: Dodge City, Kansas. Two weeks before ...

Will burly men stop House Democrats’ blue wave?

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Do they live in two different worlds? White college graduate women favor Democrats over Republicans in House elections by a 62 to 35 percent margin. White non-college-graduate men favor Republicans over Democrats in House elections by a 58 to 38 percent margin. Those results are from a ...

How much longer can we keep it?

Columnists

On the day pipe bombs arrived at CNN, Barack Obama’s office and Hillary Clinton’s home, The New York Times ran what amounted to progressive fan fiction depicting the Secret Service assassinating President Donald Trump with Russian help. After James Hodgkinson attempted a mass ...

The enablers

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els of government. Trump is now the voice of the Republcan Party. Trumpism is Republicanism. The only recourse we have is to vote it out. Listen carefully to what our President is telling us: Vote for Republicans to enable him and fellow Republicans to continue Trumpism. The Washington ...

Mark Smith repays borrowed money

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On Oct. 23, 2018, many people in Iowa House District 71 received a flyer from James Perez that said Rep. Mark Smith voted to borrow $131 million from reserves and then did not vote to repay the money. The flyer gives reference to a bill that spent other money and Mark was a no on that bill. ...

Protect state and federal retirement programs

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It’s about retirement — that time people hope to enjoy and the reason they save money for those years. Now we have Mitch McConnell telling us that Congress must “address” entitlements, meaning cut Social Security and Medicare. There is a better idea — both parties need to quit raiding ...

Make time to vote

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order and county treasurer have managed to hold property taxes steady for the past several years (10 years in some cases). In fact, just this past year, they reduced the County’s property tax rate by the amount that will soon be collected on a new Emergency Management (911) Levy. They have ...

Vote Thompson and Patten

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Our current County Supervisors up for re-election – Dave Thompson and Bill Patten - have done exactly what they said they would. They have, with the help of fellow supervisor Steve Salasek, former Supervisors Deane Adams and Denny Grabenbauer and the County staff, been able to create a more ...

Benson a dedicated, experienced leader

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Over the past year as the county treasurer, I have had the opportunity to work alongside Marshall County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson. It is not the most glamorous elected position, but it is probably the most crucial position to the success of our county government organization. With Marshall ...