Opinion

The gap between Left and Right over human evil

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There are certain clarifying moments in political discourse; moments that demonstrate just where the various parties stand. Never has the gap been so obvious as this last week. On Friday, the left declared the world in imminent peril. The problem? President Trump pulled out of the altogether ...

UnityPoint Health: Transforming health care in Marshalltown

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We are thrilled to welcome Marshalltown into the UnityPoint Health family. And as a new family member you may want to know a few things about us now that we are “related.” The word, “Unity” in our name — represents our system-wide focus, which is to surround the patient with care ...

The CNN ‘scholar’ throwing excrement

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In reaction to the May ratings report showing MSNBC as number one in weeknight prime-time viewership in the prized 25-to-54 age demographic, CNN sent out a spokeswoman to separate itself from the competition. CNN should be viewed as “the one nonpartisan cable news network,” presumably ...

Bill Maher and perpetual adolescence

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Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” show to promote his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming of Age Crisis — And How To Build a Culture of Self Reliance.” Surely Sasse didn’t expect this routine publicity spot for his book to ...

Ex-spouse questions whether divorce did more harm than good

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Q: Should I consider remarrying my ex-spouse for the sake of our child? We recently got divorced, but over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly concerned about the impact of this family breakup upon our preschooler. As the dust settles, I wonder if maybe we could have made a better go ...

Better together

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Even for a community that does collaboration better than any community that I have ever lived in, the “culture of collaboration” is something that we cannot take for granted and something that we always have to be willing to work on. Similar to any strong relationship, the “culture of ...

Nothing moral about Trump’s budget

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If we listen to God’s word in holy scripture, the measure of a national budget for 2018, in our United State of America, and the next decade, is how we treat the ones Jesus calls the “least of these.” The latest analysis suggests that Trump’s budget would cut $193 billion from SNAP ...

Perhaps you remember Tamir Rice

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Well, that’s it then. That’s it for Tamir Rice. Finally — 2 1/2 years after the 12-year-old black boy was shot dead in a city park in Cleveland — we know the fate of the two white police officers involved in his death. On Tuesday, Cleveland police announced that Timothy Loehmann, the ...

Let’s stop acting as if the 2016 campaign were still on

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If you keep up with the news, you might think that the unpleasant and unedifying 2016 presidential campaign is still going on. President Donald Trump, up early, is sending out tweets coarsely attacking foreign leaders and American politicians — complete with misspelled words, in at least ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned one may ask Uncle Google anything and expect some sort of an answer. Today I asked, “Why toes?” It was my wife who inspired this question. She did so in two ways. Firstly, because she has the most adorable toes I have ever seen. Secondly, because she incessantly reminds me I have ...

Admitting the mistake and correcting it

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With the school year over, parents and students are hearing urges to “keep reading,” or keep practicing something to do with education during the summer, but teachers can also use this time to work on how to eliminate teaching methods based on memorization (which they learned in their ...

What it means when a generation dies

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There were 13 of them in all, born over a period of 27 years. Lillian, who grew up to run a numbers racket, was the first, born in 1906. She was followed by Sadie, Vivian and Virgie. Richard, a college professor and poet came next, followed by Paul, Vina, Annie, Edna and Leonard, my dad. Then ...

Au Revoir, Paris

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President Trump has decided to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Given the hysteria over his decision, you would think he just launched a nuclear war. Instead, he exposed how so much of the left’s agenda is meaningless virtue signaling. The Paris Accord is a voluntary ...

Buy leased building?

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Dear Dave, I’ve operated my own small business for a couple of years. In that time, I’ve been leasing the building that houses my company. How do you know when the time is right to buy a place and stop leasing? — James Dear James, I’m a big fan of leasing the first few years ...

Is Afghanistan a Lost Cause?

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“We are there and we are committed” was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam. Whatever you may think of our decision to go in, Rusk was saying, if we walk away, the United States loses the first war in its history, with all that means for Southeast ...

Two Polar Opposite Examples

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For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 career ...

Stop Serial Rapists by Promptly Testing Evidence

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He was convicted of sodomizing an 8-year-old girl in 1984 and served four years in prison. He has now pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl in 2016. For some reason, the prosecutor agreed to plea-bargain with William Dixon this time around, agreeing he would go back to prison for only ...

Refreshing recipes using diet soda

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Diet soda isn’t just for drinking. The 2 ingredient Cake recipe is an oldie but a goodie. Diet Coke Sloppy Joes 1 lb. extra lean ground beef 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1-1/2 Tbsp. flour 1 c. diet cola 2/3 c. ketchup 1 Tbsp. vinegar 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. dry ...

The tiniest and cutest hostage-taker

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To get a three-year-old in bed for the night, it’s advised you begin 30 minutes after they wake up in the morning. Any longer and you probably shouldn’t even bother. I often feel like those poor Stormtroopers in “Star Wars” that were searching for R2D2 and C3PO, the ones on which ...

So you want to operate a phone scam

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Working is just the worst, right? Every day you wake up, shuffle yourself out the door, and spend the next 8 or more hours doing something that isn’t watching “House of Cards” all day long. And if that wasn’t enough of a tragedy, we’re all expected to play out this wretched tableau ...