Opinion

Condolences from Texas

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My name is Ronnette, and I was once asked to be the bride of a young man from Marshalltown. That was 30 or so years ago. He made quite an impression, and so did his absolute doll of a mother. I hadn’t thought of him, his mom, or Marshalltown in a very long time. Today, I heard the news, ...

Lennox Perfectly at Home in Marshalltown

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Thursday’s devastating tornado that plowed through Marshalltown left behind a wide swath of destruction and MIRACULOUSLY, no known deaths. However as bad of a storm as it was, it never touched what Marshalltown has always been known for – hard work, pride and innovation. No sooner than ...

Want to sip a refreshing beverage this summer?

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If environmental zealots and sycophants get their way, you won't be allowed to sip it through a plastic straw. Actress Nina Nelson and other celebrities made a video claiming that plastic straws kill sea life: "In the USA alone, over 500 million straws are being used every single day, most of ...

Foreigners boycott Trump’s America

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Are President Trump's threats and insults against our allies just an obnoxious negotiating tactic? It hardly matters, because they haven't worked. And it's worse than not working. Trump has turned "made in America" into consumer poison around the globe. Trump is not content to wage a simple ...

What Are Democrats Running On?

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The 2018 midterms are fast approaching, and Democrats are still crowing about the coming "blue wave." If past is precedent, I suspect that this is just media-fueled propaganda. (Remember Hillary Clinton's 98 percent certainty of winning the presidency?) There has been recent news about how ...

Questioning intelligence

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Did President Trump bungle the moment in Helsinki by casting doubt on American intelligence findings that Russian agents “meddled” in the 2016 election? His critics, including some Republicans, say so — and on Tuesday, Trump said he had misspoken when he expressed doubt about Russian ...

Avenatti, the media’s legal hero

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On July 10, The New York Times Magazine devoted nearly 6,000 words to Michael Avenatti, the Trump-trashing lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had sex with President Donald Trump. How is he worthy of so much attention? This man is running a one-man show trafficking in ...

Second-look sentencing

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Do you believe in second chances? To be more specific, do you believe in second chances for convicted felons, even those sentenced to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole? Your answer probably depends on details of the original crime committed, right? You might say yes to ...

Mr. Rogers and parents at the border

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In these warm Ohio months, when my daughter was an infant, I’d strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime. One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprinkler to the edge of his lawn and ...

The Kavanaugh confirmation kabuki

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Theater, much like Japan’s Kabuki — that’s all the Supreme Court confirmation process is. Donald Trump’s presentations of his two nominees, Judge Neil Gorsuch last year and Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, were uncharacteristically graceful — a worthy theatrical innovation, in the ...

Dads Needed

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Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles. But then, as he learned more, he started to disagree with parts of modern feminism. “I don’t agree with the part of ...

Celebrating National Civility Day

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Last week we celebrated National Civility Day, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you something that brought the current political divide into a more profound perspective for me. In June of 2017, at the Republican team practice for the Congressional Baseball Game (a ...

Dorothy Olson Christy

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Funeral services for Dorothy Christy will be Thursday July 19, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Manor Chapel in Story City. Burial will follow in the Roland Cemetery. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at Bethany Manor. Dorothy was born on July 5, 1932, on a farm near Roland, ...

Response to co-op tax break

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My advice to the current Marshall County Board of Supervisors (all Republicans): Don’t even think about giving a tax break to any business at this time. When other items in the budget have been squeezed to the limit and no one is brave enough to raise taxes, tax breaks for businesses that ...

When does the shooting begin?

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Each time Republicans do something Democrats do not like, Democrats escalate their rhetoric. The right is not immune from this, but the right is in power right now, so conservatives have less with which to drive fear. After the Southern Poverty Law Center declared the Christian based Family ...

Pet insulin overdoses

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Two dogs and a cat died from insulin overdoses given to them by a preteen in Rhodes this past week. A local rescue group was called in to try and save them by getting them to a local veterinarian but it was too late. Now the question is, is this a chargeable offense by a preteen child? I say it ...

Our rules of the game: US Constitution

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Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His ...

Is a coming NATO crisis inevitable?

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Of President Donald Trump’s explosion at Angela Merkel’s Germany during the NATO summit, it needs to be said: It is long past time we raised our voices. America pays more for NATO, an alliance created 69 years ago to defend Europe, than do the Europeans. And as Europe free-rides off our ...

The culture leads, not the Supreme Court

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Just about every American election year is peppered with quotes from seemingly very serious people claiming that, for some reason, this is the most important election of our lifetime. This year, we’re also being told that the political battle to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

Trump needs to go deeper in questioning NATO’s blank check

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U.S. President Donald Trump limbered up in the bullpen for his meeting with NATO alliance leaders this week by riffing on one of his favorite themes: getting ripped off. “I’m going to tell NATO: You’ve got to start paying your bills,” Trump said earlier this week, suggesting that ...