Opinion

There’s good news from Japan

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Iowa’s growing ethanol industry just got some very good news. Japan has opened its huge marketplace to ethanol manufactured from corn. Until the recent decision by the Japanese government to make this change most of the ethanol sold there was produced from sugarcane. This is a major boost ...

News from Des Moines

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Week 16 saw the start of the budget bills moving on the floor of the House. House File 2494 is the Transportation Operations Budget. This bill distributes the funds in the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) that is generated from the fuel tax and vehicle registration fees. This bill appropriates some ...

Thank you to the community

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Just a reminder to the community that the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive will be taking place Saturday, May 12. This will be the 26th year of the NALC’s “Stamp Out Hunger” national food drive. Your letter carrier will be collecting nonperishable food donations left by mailboxes and in the ...

Madness in the Western Mind

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By the time you read this, Alfie Evans may be dead. Evans is a toddler with a rare disorder that has required him to have a prolonged hospital stay. His disorder is little understood, and instead of trying to understand it, doctors decided it would be best to remove Alfie from ventilation and ...

Grassley singled out for praise

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The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is a trade organization representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. It has members not only all across the United States, but also in more than 30 nations around the ...

Fighting for our country

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Dear Sen. Marco Rubio: So I see where you came after me on Twitter. I’m flattered. Never knew you cared. “This well known national writer,” you tweeted about my last column, “states very clearly that the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump are haters who should not be heard ...

Why not short-term disability?

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Dear Dave, Why don’t you recommend having short-term disability insurance while doing the first three Baby Steps of your plan? It seems like a good time for it, when you’re in the beginning stages of getting your finances in order. — Bob Dear Bob, You could certainly do that if you ...

Macron: The Last Multilateralist

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“Together,” President Macron instructed President Trump, “we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalisms that deny our history and divide the world.” Before Congress he denounced “extreme nationalism,” invoked the U.N., NATO, WTO, and Paris climate accord, and implored ...

Touching the Nation

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She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York’s Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Spring-time treats!

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Let’s finally celebrate spring and make some treats to share with neighbors and friends. Lemon Burst Loaves 1-3/4 c. flour 3/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. sour cream 1 large egg 1/3 c. butter, melted 1 to 2 Tbls. grated lemon ...

Food for thought

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There was Moroccan chicken with chickpeas, cherry banana smoothies, Italian sausage with fried potatoes and lasagna. Don’t forget the jalepeño poppers, spicy Korean meatballs, the roasted vegetable soup, pulled pork slaw sliders and almond cheesecake bars. Oh, and how could I forget the mac ...

Jim Wares: Mousenstein … It’s Alive!

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Ilearned that mice, if given half a brain, half a human brain, they get sort of uppity. Think they know everything. Obnoxious, little half-ounce dilettantes I tell you. Why, just a few moments ago as I was writing this, a scrawny, little Mus musculus scurried across my desk and sat on its ...

Grains bounce back

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With weather warming up, Midwestern farmers are just beginning to plant this year’s corn and soybean crops, but many are already thinking ahead to harvest, which is the only time they see income for a year’s worth of costs and hard work. Luckily, harvest outlooks are looking brighter as ...

A different approach to spending

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Ed Richey Marshalltown While eating at Taylor’s Maid-Rite here in Marshalltown, I was talking to my daughter on the phone, and possibly was overhead by a woman sitting next to me. I was commenting to my daughter about a story in the Des Moines Register, about the Iowa Legislature ...

What Democrats can learn from Emmanuel Macron

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WASHINGTON — Emmanuel Macron and President Trump don’t agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is a free-trader; Trump just imposed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum. Macron wants the United States to remain in Syria; Trump wants to get out. Macron ...

‘Crazy Bernie’ is at it again

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There he goes again. Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years, including declining rates for minorities, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), affectionately called “crazy Bernie” by some conservative talk show hosts, is again flirting with the idea that the federal government should ...

Keep toys off the street

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about children’s toys left in the street. — Heloise Dear Heloise: The street I live on has several young families with very young children. Every day, they leave their tricycles, bikes and toys in the street. I’m worried that one day, one of the ...

Thanks for the support

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The Marshalltown Lioness greatly appreciates all the generous donations of prizes that helped make our April 20 Family Game Night/Card Party a success. Among the local merchants that donated prizes were: Anderson Funeral Home, Applebee’s, Arby’s, Arnold Motor Supply, Ben’s Tire, ...

Why hometown traditional media will trend in 2018

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During a recent Advertising Federation panel discussion, a few marketers got on stage to talk about what notto do in 2018. We were examining fading trends and talking through the things we believe unproductive in our big sea of marketing and advertising tools. One of the questions posed was ...