Opinion

Reasoning about race

Columnists

So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same behavior. We can avoid many pitfalls of misguided ...

Gun violence target: the bullets

Columnists

The mantra “It’s the economy, stupid,” propelled Bill Clinton’s candidacy during the presidential campaign in 1992. His decision to highlight the nation’s then-struggling economy (and promise to fix it) helped him win the White House. One theme in this year’s midterm elections is ...

The unpardonable heresy of Tucker Carlson

Columnists

Our diversity is our greatest strength. After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.” Reaction to Carlson’s ...

Scooters outrun law

Columnists

I just zipped down a city street on an electric scooter. It cost me 15 cents a minute. Fast and fun! My scooter was just lying on the ground. I picked it up, activated it with my phone and rode away. When I was done, I simply abandoned it. Won’t it be stolen? No, because you need an app ...

School dsciplinary policies must be local

Columnists

The Trump administration is considering rescinding a Dear Colleague Letter, sent to public school administrators nationwide in 2014, which provided guidelines regarding school discipline policies consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. According to Title VI, racial discrimination at ...

Make the most of life’s sinkholes

Columnists

You just can’t make this stuff up. Last Tuesday I went out to take photos of some of the flooding on the north side of town. I pulled off on the shoulder of Iowa Highway 14 to get some photos of the water that pooled around the Marshalltown welcome sign — you might have seen it in the ...

Honolulu Chicken

Columnists

This past week has been wonderful weather-wise. It’s because of weather like this that we live in Iowa. Honolulu Chicken 4 skinless chicken breast halves 1/4 c. flour 1/2 tsp. salt pepper, to taste cooking oil 1 c. peach preserves or jam 1/2 c. barbecue sauce 1/2 c. diced ...

Preserving America by seeking the truth

Your View

I am a registered political independent. I have supported both Democrats and Republicans alike in an effort to elect the best public servants we can. Like many, I try to be a student of history and current events. I read, I listen, I talk with folks on both sides of the aisle and I tune in to a ...

Iowa’s harvest helps feed the world

Our View

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation. In 21st-century Iowa, harvest ...

No, I’m Spartacus!

Columnists

It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going to put ...

Both-sideism not just a journalistic problem

Columnists

A prediction. When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in “truthiness,” when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, ...

Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

Columnists

Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode — the Brett Kavanaugh show — is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

Wear Copper for Joint Pain

Columnists

When I was a kid my father ran a gas station in Monroe. I loved “helping” my father with his business. I swept the floor and washed windshields — albeit I had to stand on a five-gallon bucket in order to reach the windshields. Mostly, I drank pop and ate Cherry Mesh candy bars. ...

Americans value free trade

Columnists

Most Americans are life-long learners and will change their mind when facts become known. Of course, despite what evidence is presented, there will always be stubborn, stick-to-their-guns individuals. The conservative Wall Street Journal reported (Sept. 5) about a Chicago Council on Global ...

Back-to-school season: Not just for kids

Columnists

As kids head back to school this fall, they’re not the only ones feeling a renewed sense of vigor and motivation. For many of us, September is synonymous with the fresh start of a new school year and the satisfaction that comes from busy, productive days and learning new things. That makes ...

Florence chases hogs to higher levels

Columnists

As Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas, millions were at risk from wind, storm surge and flooding, causing many to seek higher ground. Meanwhile, North Carolina hog farmers faced a unique challenge: keeping nearly 9 million hogs safe. North Carolina is the United States’ ...

Not every problem needs a federal solution

Columnists

Fifty-five percent of voters believe that Facebook has too much power. Forty-seven percent believe the same about Twitter. For those in the political world, such numbers represent an obvious call for government action. But voters disagree. Just 21 percent want the federal government to ...

In Texas, a Democratic template for national victory in 2020

Columnists

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

When government becomes everything, everything becomes crazy

Columnists

This week, Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters of California was nearly stabbed by a 35-year-old Castro Valley resident, Farzad Fazeli. According to media reports, Fazeli started shouting about President Trump and then pulled out a switchblade. Thankfully, the switchblade ...