Opinion

Pecan Pie

Columnists

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, today I have recipes using pecans and of course I’m starting with a pecan pie recipe but ending with a salad recipe. Pecan Pie 1 c. corn syrup 1/2 c. brown sugar 3 eggs slightly beaten 2 Tbls. margarine or butter 2 Tbls. flour 1 tsp. ...

Senior Center is a gem worth saving

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Thank you T-R for your excellent coverage of the devastating tornado that struck Marshalltown July 19. The four front page articles featuring the Senior Citizen Center building since then have been eye openers. We learned much about it’s colorful past. Since its purchase by the City of ...

An open letter to our newly elected officials

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Political ads, campaign stunts and election surveys are finished for the time being. Now, it’s time for action. The residents of Marshall County expect our elected officials at the local, state and national level to work tirelessly on our behalf for the issues that matter most to us. We not ...

A word from our president (not really)

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Network announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this special message from the president of the United States. My fellow Americans. I want to speak to you tonight as I’ve never spoken before, maybe ever — from my heart. I stand before you both humbled and ...

Best of both worlds on Senior Center property

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The city wants to make money by selling the “desirable location” of the senior center. The public wants a senior center. Solution: sell the desirable location with a requirement that the ground floor includes a senior center. A nice lobby and elevators go to the commercial, office ...

We could lose our country, or save it

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“What are these politicians going to do for us?” A guy in Texas asked that question a few weeks back on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” by way of explaining why he won’t be voting in the most important midterm election in modern American history. His words have been playing on an ...

Thank you for celebrating World Food Day

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For 28 years in October around World Food Day, the Marshalltown community has banded together to help feed local residents in need. In conjunction with World Food Day, the Scouts of the Prairie Winds District conducted their annual Scouting for Food Drive, which was a great success. There are ...

Political parties can no longer harness their bases

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It is perhaps the central irony of our politics today: We live in an incredibly polarized and partisan moment, but our political parties have never been weaker. As odd as it sounds, political parties in democracies have an important anti-democratic function. Traditionally, the parties shaped ...

Can you lose your salvation

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As a boy growing up, I came into a family who had no known scholars or people with a higher education. All my relatives were simple folks who labored hard in their perspective occupations. One joy that I always appreciated was sitting around the gas light in my grandfather’s home as the ...

Putting myself in the talons of a professional

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When you’re presented a gift certificate for a massage, essentially what you’re given is an obligation to visit a stranger and have them fondle you under a tiny bed in a dimly-lit room. How magical. I was given one such certificate after a friend learned I had never had a professional ...

29 years clean and sober

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Nov. 3, 1989, 2 a.m., all alone and blind drunk, I fell through the glass top of my coffee table, cut myself to smithereens, and almost bled to death. Like an Iowa tornado ripping through a slum, laying the groundwork for reconstruction, my whole life changed for the better. They say you have ...

She’s her

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I was scared of having a daughter. I didn’t know how to raise a girl in this world of unlimited ands. She’d have to be this and that and definitely this. I don’t know how to be a girl in this world; how could I possibly guide another? I prayed for a boy first. Surely, a boy must have ...

Natural Gas Flares Higher

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As cold weather is descending across much of the United States, the natural gas market has started to heat up, nearing a two-year high. The fuel, which is the most popular source for home heating, is suddenly in high demand as forecasts call for winter-like weather from Texas to New ...

We look for stability at UnityPoint

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I read with interest the newspaper article about the UnityPoint VP resigning and the subsequent recap of the closing of the ICU as well as the cath lab. It seems that there are no patients to sustain services. Then I wondered why aren’t people using these services. Well, for one reason ...

The Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats the Senate

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Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate. And ...

Political antibodies are strengthening the nation’s immune system

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America’s body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday’s elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation’s immune system. Tuesday was, on balance, deflating to ...

The myth of Obama, the myth of Trump and the reality of elections

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In the aftermath of this week’s midterm elections, in which Democrats gained 34 House seats and lost an additional three Senate seats, an odd emotional disconnect took place. Democrats, who had just won control of the House, seemed disappointed in their victory; they had expected a sweeping ...

A first significant step to reining in Trump

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In arguably the most critical midterm congressional elections in our history, the Democrats acquired a down payment on their challenge to halt President Donald Trump’s reign of public division, anger and hate. It fell short of the “blue wave” vote they sought to undo him, but it was a ...

Told you so!

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Republicans held the Senate! Democrats took the House but by a narrower margin! Did I just embarrass myself? I write this Election Day mrning, before most polling places even opened. I don’t know the actual results, of course. But I’ll pretend I do because I trust the betting odds. ...