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Caregivers, animal abuse and felon voting addressed

Columnists

We continued with debate last week as the next funnel looms large in our minds as we press for our bills to come to the floor. Wednesday afternoon of last week we held a joint meeting of the House and Senate for the 2019 induction ceremony of new members of the Pioneer Lawmakers of Iowa. This ...

Welfare reform key issue in Senate

Columnists

Week eleven finished in the Iowa Senate last week, leaving just over a month left until the scheduled end of the legislative session. Floor debate on a number of bills has continued as we work on legislation to send to the House for their consideration. The Iowa Senate passed a bill last week ...

Police aren’t enough

Columnists

Sometimes, during my drive to work, I listen to Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV, host of the Baltimore’s WBAL C4 radio show. Mitchell was formerly a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates and its Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in ...

Dear Dietitian

Columnists

Dear Readers, Food allergies are on the rise in the United States, and it is estimated that as many as 8 percent of children suffer from at least one food allergy. A food allergy is when your body’s immune system responds to a certain food as harmful and has a reaction. These reactions can ...

Must the West beg the world for forgiveness?

Columnists

As the Democratic Party quarrels over reparations for slavery, a new and related issue has arisen, raised by the president of Mexico. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has written Pope Francis I and King Felipe VI to demand their apologies for the Spanish conquest of Mexico that began 500 years ago ...

Hearing the President speak

Columnists

In Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, as a humble private, I was taught that at the very top of the chain of command stood the president of the United States, who was then Dwight D. Eisenhower. As supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe, Gen. Eisenhower had made the fateful ...

Socialism in America

Columnists

The closer we get to what I predict will be our most contentious election on November 3, 2020, the word `socialist’ will increasingly be used to label many candidates seeking political office. The S-word sends shivers down the spine of many Americans. It may be a shock to those who freely ...

Fantastic Meatballs

Columnists

Today is just a variety of recipes to end the month of March. Fantastic Meatballs 2 lb. ground beef 1/2 lb. ground pork 2 c. Italian-flavored breadcrumbs 4 eggs 1 c. milk 1/2 c. cheese, grated 1 Tbls. olive oil 2 cloves, garlic, chopped fine 1 c. parsley, fresh, chopped ...

Why not let U-Haul advertise?

Your View

Highway 14, for the most part, is commercial. Advertisements, signs and billboards line the highway. Why not let the old K-Mart building and parking lot continue to disintegrate right in front of our eyes? Missed opportunity? I hope not.

Iowa water quality affects us all

Our View

The latest Iowa Nutrient Reduction Annual Progress Report was recently released. This comprehensive review of the state’s multifaceted conservation efforts to reduce undesirable chemical runoff is a prepared jointly by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa ...

Requiem for an investigation

Columnists

Cathartic, it was not. The relentlessly plodding Mueller report finally ended after a 22-month whodunit that climaxed to the sound of pffft. There is no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded. But, ...

Thanks from the American Legion Auxiliary

Your View

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit #46 Marshalltown thanks the businesses listed below for providing merchandise and certificates for prizes for our annual St. Patrick’s Day card party. 3rd Generation Upholstery, Advanced Auto Parts, American Legion Lounge, Applebee’s, Arby’s, ...

‘This is the price of freedom’

Columnists

“This is the price of freedom.” — Bill O’Reilly on the Las Vegas massacre “Freedom to be afraid is all you won.” — Gil Scott-Heron from “Gun” Originally, this was going to be a column about Sydney Aiello. She was 19 years old, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in ...

The Mueller report is in, but the collusion story may never end

Columnists

The story is not over. It may never be over in our lifetimes. But an important chapter has come to an end, and it had a happy ending for the president. Contrary to what we’re already beginning to hear from some quarters of the left, the Mueller probe almost certainly puts to rest the ...

A smell a week in the making

Columnists

“Dear Lord, did someone die in here?” We rolled down the windows. We blasted the air conditioning. I considered driving the car through the car wash with the sunroof open. We had just returned to our car after it sat in the sun for a week while we went on a cruise. In our absence, ...

Presbyterian Criterion

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I arrived in Mt. Pleasant on a Sunday morning after driving all night. My 12-step sponsor in Colorado had told me, “The first thing you do when you get to Mt. Pleasant is go to a twelve-step meeting and find a sponsor.” I took him seriously. Looking in the phone book, I called the number ...

Trail connector not best use of tax dollars

Your View

I recently read the Marshalltown grant application for the Linn Creek Trail Connector Project, a .8 mile connection from the current trail to the Freedom Rock at the Legion. The total cost was stated on the June 2018 grant application as $1,064,693 and the request was for $250,000, leaving a ...

Can the media earn back our trust?

Columnists

After it was revealed on Sunday that the two-year investigation conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, the finger pointing began. This time, the national media was under the microscope. It’s one thing to hear baldly partisan ...