Opinion

Who Controls Your Kids’ Lives?

Columnists

Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas was fond of telling a story about his time stumping for educational change. “My educational policies are based on the fact that I care more about my children than you do,” Gramm once said to a woman. “No, you don’t,” she replied. “OK,” ...

‘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 ...

Beware Networks Skipping Their Own Polls

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Watch national news outlets choose which opinion poll results they report and which ones they bury. It tells you everything you need to know about their political agenda. On the morning of Sunday, April 15, ABC anchor Paula Faris reported a new ABC News-Washington Post poll that showed ...

Get to know your AEA board members

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While most people know that a board of directors governs their local school district, many do not realize that Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) also operate under a group of elected individuals. Serving more than 62,000 students and 5,000 educators, these dedicated community members are ...

In the Legislature

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Our last official day was on Tuesday, our 100th day. We debated a few bills this week, including bills on the gubernatorial line of succession and managing the spread of disease in wild animals. We also recognized several legislators for their public service and years in the Iowa ...

We can disagree, but we can still work together

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The opinion pages of the T-R have had an ongoing discussion about unity and diversity. We need unity if we are to remain the United States of America. The word diversity to many people only applies to ethnicity, race and culture. Diversity of opinion is also needed. A recent comic strip ...

Barbara Bush will be missed

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Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died last week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Pauline F. Gleason, 91

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Pauline F. Gleason, 91, of Dallas Center, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, at Spurgeon Manor Dallas Center. Pauline was born July 20, 1926, in Putnam County, MO, daughter of the late Gurney and Ethel (Pickett) Mullenix. She worked as a telephone operator in Unionville, MO. There she met ...

News from Des Moines

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Week 15 again was a week marked by behind the scenes work on budget bills and very little floor action. Good news about Iowa continues to come forward. The 2017 Statewide Laborshed Study by Iowa Workforce Development has been released. The study shows that the median annual salary ...

‘As if the money were his and not yours’

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I found reading Rep. Mark Smith’s column of April 20 quite interesting, in a laughable sort of way. Rep. Smith bemoans the fiscal irresponsibility of the current GOP controlled legislature because their conservative budgets exceeded the revenue forecasts provided by the nonpartisan Iowa ...

Forty-five years of delightful luncheons

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I would like to extend an invitation to all to join us in celebrating the spring season with food, fun, and fellowship at the 45th annual salad luncheon sponsored by the Methodist Women and First United Methodist Church on 2nd and Main in Marshalltown, on Thursday, April 26. Lunch is served ...

A funny thing?

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It’s a funny thing. Try to protect your home, you’re labeled. Expect to breath clean air, you’re labeled. Want a clean lake to take your kids to, you’re labeled. Fight for your rights, someone calls you names, someone “warns” you about what you’re doing. Ask your legislators for ...

Laptop dilemma

Columnists

Dear Dave, My husband and I are just starting Baby Step 1 of your plan. Prior to this, we told my two nephews we would buy them laptop computers for college. They don’t get a lot of encouragement or support from their immediate family, so we try to help them when we can. Should we go ahead ...

Paul Ryan Is No Margaret Chase Smith

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Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this ...

Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising

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A fortnight ago, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz Party won enough seats in the Hungarian parliament to rewrite his country’s constitution. To progressives across the West, this was disturbing news. For the bete noire of Orban’s campaign was uber-globalist George Soros. And Orban’s ...

Marshalltown … are we the new Miami?

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Editor’s note: This column was originally published in October of 2015. Believe it or not, Marshalltown is just like Miami. All right, maybe not exactly like Miami, where swaying palm trees, sandy beaches, cigars and mojitos are in order. But Marshalltown, in many ways, is the much ...

Jim Wares: The Life and Times of Raphus Cucullatus

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I learned about the Raphus Cucullatus … more precisely, I learned about their absence from this world. Just 400 years ago the Raphus Cucullatus lived happy, leisurely sort of lives on a tropical island about a thousand miles off the coast of East Africa called Mauritius. They were peaceful, ...

Kelly Van De Walle: Holding the Sandman hostage

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When you’re the parent of small children, the most difficult part is…ha…you thought there was just ONE thing? That’s adorable. The process to get children into bed, however, is its own nightly beast. You might as well scream into the ocean. There’s no “putting” four-year-old ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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Exodus 14:21-29 tells of the parting of the Red Sea and the “pillar of fire and cloud.” Liberal theologians explain all this as mere natural events; very high winds parting the sea and a volcano causing the pillar of fire and cloud. If that is correct, then don’t you agree that these two ...

Future Files

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Coffee and Sugar Swirl Lower Your morning fix of java and sweetener just got cheaper, thanks to rising production around the world. Coffee and sugar prices fell near 2.5 year lows this week as the markets adjust to oversupply. Hefty coffee harvests are expected this year in Brazil, the ...