Opinion

The Khashoggi response should be limited

Columnists

Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist turned dissident. He fled Saudi Arabia in 2017 and took up residence in the United States. He began writing for The Washington Post. On Oct. 2, 2018, at the age of 59, Khashoggi went to the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul with his fiancee, Hatice ...

A Republican red tide is pushing back against the Dems’ blue wave

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Jason Vogel is fired up to vote. He says his passion crystallized two weeks ago when he saw just how chaotic Washington, D.C., would be if the Democrats were to seize power in Congress. When Democratic senators smeared Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as an attempted rapist without proof ...

Caravan puts Trump legacy on the line

Columnists

Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since ...

The irrationality of baseball fans

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American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: “Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it’s different guys. ... You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I want my team’s ...

The Saudi challenge

Columnists

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder — and no one now questions whether the Washington Post contributor was killed by Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey —has far-reaching implications for the Trump administration. President Donald Trump appears to want to help sweep the incident ...

Cocktails in the Kanye-Trump asylum

Columnists

Amid hurricanes, a vanished journalist, the recent Supreme Court hearings, midterms and “mobs,” it is little wonder that Americans are drinking more than ever. Factually, this is so. More than 70 percent of Americans imbibe each year, and about 40 percent drink excessively, according to ...

Crock pot Chile Colorado Beef Burritos

Columnists

Fall is my favorite time of year — cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and tasty food that calls for inviting friends over for dinner. Crock pot Chile Colorado Beef Burritos 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. beef 1 large can (19 oz) mild enchilada sauce 2 beef bouillon cubes 5-7 burrito-sized flour ...

You can trust Dennis Evans with your tax money

Your View

As a conservative, independent voter in Reinbeck I will be voting for Dennis Evans, our Democrat candidate for District 50 in the Iowa House in November. For the past 23 years, prior to his retirement this summer, Dennis has been our Trust Officer, financial advisor, trusted friend and ...

Domestic violence has a serious impact on Marshalltown families

Our View

Domestic violence is complex. It often goes unreported. It is often is repetitive. And it often is an unhealthy solution to relationship challenges. Domestic violence is also complex in who it impacts. Not only are survivors forever changed by the abuse they endure, many times children are ...

Young people, the GOP is scared of you

Columnists

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you. Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you — or of anybody — given that it controls all three branches of the federal ...

Re-elect Gov. Kim Reynolds

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We need to re-elect Kim Reynolds to be the governor of Iowa. I was Marshall County Treasurer and worked with Kim when she was the Clarke County Treasurer. We had many projects, but I believe the biggest was putting property taxes online in every county in Iowa and paying with credit card or by ...

Complaints that the Senate is undemocratic ring hollow

Columnists

In the wake of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a lot of people are suddenly very mad that the Senate is “undemocratic.” I’m unmoved. The reason for my indifference is twofold. First, this alleged outrage fits a time-honored tradition of progressives declaring ...

It’s Lice

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"It could be eczema," I said. "It's lice," my friend repeated. "Psoriasis?" "Lice." "Dry skin from the weather changing?" "Lice." "Do you see any lice in my hair?" I asked. "No." "So, then it could be anything." "It's lice," she repeated again. "Allergies? Brain tumor? Some ...

Man Guide: Tire Edition (grunt) (smash)

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Men, the stories have told, do manly things; we chop things with axes, consume cans of beer at alarming rates, use ice from coolers to save our limbs to be re-attached when we accidentally cut them off when we consume beer at an alarming rate while chopping things. You know, man stuff. When my ...

Political highway signs

Columnists

Anyone traveling on US Highway 34, between Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield in the last few years, has no doubt noticed the political signs. They’re sort of belligerent, in your face, crude and to be honest, compared to the natural beauty of the Skunk River bottom, an eyesore, or what is now ...

Relief at the Pump on the Way

Columnists

Gasoline prices are finally coming down, dropping over 25 cents per gallon since the beginning of October. American refineries had been running near full capacity for months, converting crude oil into fuel at a record rate. As a result, U.S. gasoline inventories are at a record high for this ...

James Perez is leader

Your View

I am not a resident of the 71st District Iowa House of Representatives. To the voters in the 71st District, Iowa House of Representatives: over the past several years I have, via a business association, become well acquainted with a resident of Marshalltown and the 71st Iowa House District, ...

How not to modernize Saudi Arabia

Columnists

If, as appears increasingly likely, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, then he has joined Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un among the ranks of rogue leaders who assassinate their critics on foreign soil. The only difference is that the Russian ...

Albion Firefighters thank you

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The Albion Firefighter’s Foundation Inc. would like to thank those who attended its annual breakfast on Oct. 13 as well as thank the businesses for their past, present and hopeful future support. Businesses of special notation include: The Spot, JBS, Theisens, Jiffy Lube, Old Timer, Taco ...