Opinion

Missing Case for Republican Health Care

Columnists

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

Democrats and Trump: Both Behaving Irrationally

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What is it about Russia — some vestige of all those Cold War spy films, perhaps — that makes so many people, on all political sides, behave so irrationally when it’s mentioned? Consider the behavior of the Democrats, who are seeking to prove that Donald Trump and/or his campaign ...

A Jamboree of Teachable Moments

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Every time I share my concerns about Donald Trump’s impact on America’s children, a certain percentage of readers assure me that no child is paying attention to what our president says. I hope we can now all agree to put that magical thinking to rest in the wake of Trump’s spectacle of ...

Creeping Totalitarianism

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­­ Polling from YouGov this week shows 45 percent of Republicans support letting courts shut down “news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate.” Only 18 percent of Democrats favor this. Worse, only 33 percent of Republicans recognize that ...

Vote NO on Aug. 1

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On Thursday evening I attended the final “Budgeting 101” public information forum at the library. I learned about the structure of the city budget, but when it came to justifying the change in the local option sales tax, the city administrator and the finance director did a very ...

The president is not the enemy

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The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

Vote no on LOST changes

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In 2000, citizens of Marshalltown voted for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), allocating 20 percent toward street improvements, storm and sanitary sewer updates. If these dollars are redirected to the general fund for use at the discretion of the council, what will happen to our street ...

A bad method at this stage

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Dear Dave, I want to build an 18-unit apartment complex, but I don’t have enough cash to do it on my own. My net worth is around $400,000, and I have $100,000 I can put toward this project. It is estimated to cost $1.2 million. Would lining up investors, who will take a percentage of the ...

Let’s learn from the past so we never experience it again

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I am writing to you — the people of Marshalltown and the surrounding areas of State Center, Conrad and Tama-Toledo. Over the past year, those of us as local healthcare providers have struggled with the severe turn of events brought on by an unbelievable financial problem. It came to a ...

Trump Entering a Kill Box?

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Given the bravery he showed in stepping out front as the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions deserves better from his boss than the Twitter-trashing he has lately received. The attorney general has not only been loyal to Trump and his agenda, he has the respect and affection ...

Missing Case for Republican Health Care

Columnists

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

What’s Behind ‘Multiculturalism’

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Two well-known columnists — Ben Shapiro and Walter Williams — criticize the left’s love affair with Islam this week. In his column, Shapiro says that the left aligns with Islam because both want to destroy western civilization. Williams defends the west’s values against those on the ...

Zucchini candy … really?

Columnists

My experience with raising zucchini is that you cannot have enough friends to pawn the vegetable off on or enough recipes to use the ever growing veggie. I have made everything from bread to zucchini pineapple but here is a new one — candy! You will need a food dehydrator for this ...

Working together

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“We’re all in this together.” That’s the message from Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper, who understands that whatever efforts his officers make in curbing criminal activity and/or solving crimes, can be greatly enhanced when community members are part of the solution. It’s also ...

Insert new columnist here

Columnists

Well, this is the last time I’m going to be doing this; “this” being spending my Wednesday nights overly caffeinated and searching for something to write my column about that isn’t necessarily about politics or food or late night TV. Clearly, I have frequently failed to avoid those ...

The Midnight Mower strikes again

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Periodically I take a break from column writing (hey, I’ve earned it!) and allow another to take up temporary residence on this page. It’s a decision I make in part so I can enjoy the exciting reaction from editor, who sends me the funniest mock-angry emails when I surprise him like this ...

Bacon and copper commodities rise

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Nowadays, it seems that bacon is everywhere: on sandwiches, on sticks, and even at festivals devoted to the fatty delight. Americans’ love for bacon has hit a new extreme, and is now cutting into supplies and shooting prices higher. Bacon is made from a cut of meat known as pork belly, and ...

Iowa senators team to protect students

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Getting a college education can be important to success in life. Unfortunately, doing so has become an increasingly expensive undertaking. One consequence is that a many college graduates enter the job market owing a great deal of money. Iowa U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, both ...

Why the Left Protects Islam

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Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity. He once stated, “An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf.” Dawkins says that ...

The sadly public last days of Charlie Gard

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Charlie Gard’s parents were working on the last major decision they will make for him: how he will die. Chris Gard and Connie Yates had given up their fight to secure an effective therapy for their severely brain-damaged 11-month-old baby. They’ve just agreed to have him spend his last days ...