Opinion

Why Suspects May ‘All Look Alike’ to an Eyewitness

Columnists

How fair are criminal trials in America? How confident should we be that prosecutors have the right perpetrator, and how much weight should be put on eyewitness identification of suspects? A growing number of states are now instructing their courts to encourage jurors to ask themselves those ...

Random Thoughts

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Last weekend’s soup supper at the American Legion provided patrons with some of the best homemade soups, chilis and desserts that any Central Iowan would be glad to call his own. Among the soup selections, Mike Ball’s cheesy ham and potato soup was surely at the top of the list. So good ...

Returning to democracy

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I learned I don't matter. I was born in Kansas. I have a Social Security number and pay taxes. I am a registered voter. I like fried chicken and cheeseburgers … I am an American and I … just … don't matter. More than all the other virtues of the American ideal, life, justice, equality ...

‘The Walking Dead’ Survival Guide

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When I first encountered the now hit television program “The Walking Dead,” I thought it was a comedy about new parents. It wasn’t until about the fourth episode did I realize I was grossly mistaken — the tattered, brain-dead creatures on the screen looked WAY better than new parents, ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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Soup, cabbage and chocolate As I mentioned before I like beans and I like cabbage and I LOVE chocolate. Lima Bean Soup 1 bag dried large or small lima beans (Soak overnight if I plan ahead, if not soak beans in the hottest tap water for 1 hour) Place drained beans in pot and fill with: ...

Popping off about online ads

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about pop-up ads and banners on computers: “Dear Heloise: I’m sick of all the ads that pop up on computers and the huge banner ads at the top of the page. I pay my internet providers to supply me with news and mail and allow me to look for ...

Is the city embezzling tax money?

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$582,000 was collected from Marshalltown property taxpayers and earmarked specifically for 911 emergency services. Now the city is desperate for money because of a mismanaged budget and wants to use that tax levy for its own use. That appears like embezzlement. Instead of just removing the ...

What the Latest Stupid Government Shutdown Means

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On Monday, Democrats caved on their manufactured government shutdown. In an attempt to generate a groundswell of support for a legislative re-enshrinement of former President Obama’s executive amnesty, Democrats filibustered a continuing resolution to fund the government. That tough stance ...

The Dreamers: Right fight, wrong time

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In the fierce political struggle between the Republican defenders of the troops in the field and the Democrats defending the American immigrant “Dreamers,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell clearly and deftly outfoxed Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. McConnell got the Senate to keep ...

Capitol Update

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Week three of the legislature was marked with our first debate and passage of a bill this session, The “Water Quality” bill, Senate File 512. This bill was passed by the House in 2016 and by the Senate in 2017 but held over in the House last year due to considerable debate over differences ...

News from Des Moines

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This week the House passed the water quality bill the Senate passed last year. We were proud to get this bill through the Senate, but we know this isn’t the final step – it is just the first. The discussion about water quality in Iowa will be ongoing, but I believe Iowans also deserve some ...

Young business women doing it the right way

Opinion

We write today about a group of young business women in Marshalltown who are state licensed Massage Therapists. They practice their profession under rules and regulations of the state of Iowa under Chapter 147 of the Iowa Code. They provide an important natural health public service to our ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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Isn’t it wrong to clap during a worship service? Don’t you think that consumer satisfaction is dictating how we worship and pray in today’s churches? How should we worship and pray? With the exception of liturgical elements that suggest wrong doctrine, no liturgy or form of worship ...

Future Files

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Downward dollar makes heyday for traders The U.S. dollar crumbled on Wednesday after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin suggested that a weaker U.S. dollar would benefit the U.S. economy. In the aftermath of the comment, the U.S. dollar reached a three-year low against its major trading ...

Sen. Ernst lauds National Defense Strategy

Opinion

On Jan. 19, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis released the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, reacted to this new game plan for the Department of Defense with ...

I suspect my child has a disability — now what?

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Oftentimes parents are the first to notice their child is struggling in school or at home. Many, however, are unsure what to do. Central Rivers AEA, in conjunction with your local school district, can help. If you suspect your child has a disability, and is attending a school, contacting the ...

Stand up for what’s right

Your View

It’s that time of year again when county supervisors must pass the Master Matrix — a scoring system that supposedly holds factory farms to higher standards. Every January, each county must re-adopt the Master Matrix in order to recommend denial of factory farms. We know the Master Matrix ...

Tax changes help Iowa’s farmers

Our View

The new tax law passed by Congress late in 2017 and signed by President Donald Trump will help Iowa farmers, according to Sen. Charles Grassley. The Iowa Republican is the senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee. He ...

Quote the President, and Skip the Asterisks

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This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the syllabus, which, because of required language, reads like a last will and testament. I spruce it up ...

Moral and ethical concerns with Trump tax bill

Your View

These are some of my concerns about the new Trump Tax Bill: Public school teachers will no longer receive a tax deduction for when they buy pencils, pens and papers for their students. A corporation that buys pens, pencils and paper for their workers will get a tax break. Real estate taxes ...