Opinion

Come on laser vision

Columnists

When I went in for my evaluation prior to receiving LASIK eye surgery, one of the first questions I was asked by the nurse was, “What’s wrong with your eyes?” I answered truthfully. “Too many ladies get lost in them,” I said, forlornly. Apparently this wasn’t “medically ...

Reynolds sets out important goals

Opinion

Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State Tuesday. She told lawmakers - and her fellow residents of our state - that Iowa is doing well but has important challenges to confront in the year ahead. The governor pointed with pride to some of Iowa's strengths: • It is ...

DACA is crucial

Another View

I’ve worked in law enforcement in Iowa for the past 25 years (14 years as a police chief). I have spent the past six+ years as the chief of police in Marshalltown. I can tell you without a doubt that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is crucial to the security and overall ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Columnists

Snacktime! Today I have some recipes that might result in calling the neighbors over to snack and chat. Taco Crescent Squares 1/2 lb, ground beef 1/2 c. tomato sauce 1 c. shredded Sharp cheddar cheese 1 Tbsp. instant minced onion, or 1/4 c. diced onion 2 Tbsp. chopped ripe ...

The president’s translator explains his changing mind

Columnists

As a president who speaks out of both sides of his mouth, first saying he will sign any immigration and border security bill placed before him and then reneging, Donald Trump needs to have an interpreter. Emerging in that role is White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the tough former Marine ...

Stop Feministsplaining Sex to Men

Columnists

There’s a word that has become popular in feminist circles these days: “mansplaining.” The word is a mashup of “man” and “explaining” and refers to men who condescendingly explain the facts of life to women. So, for example, if a man believes a woman doesn’t understand ...

Progressivism overlooks why Americans lost trust in government

Columnists

Is there anything more depressing than a cheerful liberal? The question is prompted by one such, historian David Goldfield, who has written a large-hearted book explaining that America’s problems would yield to government’s deft ameliorating touch if Americans would just rekindle their ...

Contain that garbage!

Columnists

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about people who don’t bag their garbage: “Dear Heloise: My pet peeve is people who dump loose garbage into their cans instead of placing it in a tied bag. When the garbage gets dumped by the garbage trucks, all the loose papers fly out as the ...

Future Files

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Florida freeze threatens OJ As bitterly cold temperatures descended across the United States this week, even the Sunshine State felt the chill. Temperatures dropped below freezing across much of Central Florida on Wednesday and Thursday night, threatening the state’s crops. Growers ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

Columnists

Isn’t it true that the church has never been able too define when life begins? I recall Nancy Pelosi once saying that even though St. Augustine set it at three months, it’s only been over the past 50+ years that the church has said life begins at conception. Your question is most timely ...

Grandparent worries that son is too busy for his kids

Columnists

Q: I love my adult son and am very proud of him. But I think he works too much and seems too busy for his own children (my grandkids). What can I do to help this situation? Jim: This scenario places you in a delicate position as a grandparent. On the one hand, you may feel your child’s ...

Al Capone lives!

Columnists

“You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile.” This quote has often been attributed to the late Chicago mobster Al Capone, who with his fellow organized crime buddies used extortion as one of their tactics to get what they wanted. Today’s modern ...

The Media’s Year of Trump Hating

Columnists

As we approach the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, it is painfully obvious that our “news” providers are a highly agitated brigade of the “Resistance.” A new Media Research Center study finds that from Jan. 20, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, the evening news shows on ...

Buildings and grounds department looks to future

Columnists

In the Marshalltown Community School District, we have nearly 1 million square feet of buildings that we maintain. The current buildings and grounds staff of 52 includes custodians, maintenance and grounds employees. We have two full-time grounds employees who mow, fertilize, trim trees and ...

Government hurt farms

Your View

If I was running for governor, I would ask “Why is Iowa having budget problems when Iowa farmers produced over 2 billion bushels of corn and over 1 billion bushels of soybeans?” With that much production, Iowa should be awash with cash. It is obvious Gov. Reynolds and legislators seem ...

A Few Divorce Tips for Steve Bannon

Columnists

It occurred to me this week that many of us who’ve gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon. We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, “Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?” Barely a ...

Is ‘Fire and Fury’ Fizzling?

Columnists

The most disappointed people in America this past week must be those Trump execrators who opened their Amazon package only to find that the copy of “Fire and Fury” they had ordered was subtitled “The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.” It’s a well-regarded 2009 volume by University ...

‘Fire and Fury’ is the book we got, not the one we needed

Columnists

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s ...

Thank you Marshall County

Your View

The Emergency Food Box Board on behalf of the volunteers and clients says “Thank you” to the Marshall County community for its generous support during 2017. We are awed at the variety of ways individuals, businesses, schools, churches, clubs and many miscellaneous organizations have ...

Term limits, shorter sessions?

Our View

Should being a politician be a full-time job? Should being a member of Congress be a good job, with great benefits? Should being a member of Congress be a lifetime job? Currently, the Congress of the United States is made up of professional legislators. Legislating is their principal ...