Opinion

Political impasse at home and abroad

Columnists

The U.S. government shutdown continued this week, deepening concerns about the long-term economic impacts of the impasse in Washington. In addition to the lost economic activity from the 800,000 federal employees and up to 4 million government contractors who are furloughed or working without ...

Thank you for contributing to United Way

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Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman and I would like to personally thank the thousands of community members who gave both their personal time and monetary donations to help us reach our goal of raising over $768,000 for the Marshalltown Area United Way Campaign in 2018. Not only were we able ...

Community was Marshalltown Strong because of great leaders

Our View

Disaster response is both chaotic and frightening but it could not top the outstanding leadership of city and county employees in the wake of July’s EF-3 tornado. Thanks to that leadership, our community — while still suffering — is on the road to recovery six months later. As the ...

What did they do with Lindsey Graham?

Columnists

If loyalty only goes so far, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s goes every which way — depending on the day, week, month — or proximity to Election Day. One day, he may think Donald Trump is a “kook.” That was Graham’s description of Trump in 2016, shortly after he’d ended his own campaign ...

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Columnists

Since January is National Soup Month, I have a Cream of Cauliflower Soup recipe to celebrate. Also, I included a recipe for Lipton’s Dry Onion Soup that is used as seasoning in so many recipes. Cream of Cauliflower Soup 4 c. canned chicken broth 2 Tbls. butter 1 1/2 c. chopped ...

Some find it all too easy to denigrate women

Columnists

This is a column about some black people. Not all, thank goodness. Not even most. But if you watched the stunning recent Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed decades of sexual assault accusations against the singer, surely you wondered about some of the black people ...

Trump-Russia conspiracy theories unlikely to pan out

Columnists

Before we get to the question of whether the president of the United States is a Russian asset, let’s consider another question: When was the last time a popular and contentious conspiracy theory turned out to be true? Not a little true, but, like, really true? It does happen. Whittaker ...

Cruising with the kids

Columnists

I am starting off 2019 with my dream job. It is the unexpected-but-always-hoped-for whipped-cream-and-cherry-on-top gig, granted after 14 years of my paying my screenwriting dues. The workload is intense, the accelerated timeline nearly impossible, but the experience is a gift. One of the ...

Stray cats

Columnists

I thought Barney’s food was disappearing awfully fast. Barney is the cat that adopted us, and Ginnie and I love him. We took him to the vet and had him fixed and given shots. He didn’t seem to mind. He’s less than a year old and splits time between indoors and out, although he prefers ...

Food coach resigns immediately

Columnists

When my wife asked me to help her with her fitness goals, specifically her meal accountability, I did what any reasonable husband would do: I agreed and am writing this from my new home in El Paso while in witness protection under the alias Kenny Clarkson. My new family is nice. They have a dog ...

Trump’s trade war started world’s economic woes

Columnists

Being forced to use postulates, axioms, theorems and inductive and deductive reasoning to find `proofs‚ and a solution to high school Geometry problems became a great precursor and positive omen for surviving in life. Multiple actions during Donald Trump’s first two years of office are ...

Nancy Pelosi is lying about the State of the Union

Columnists

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security to protect government officials during the shutdown. With all due ...

Trump is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

Columnists

Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse. If the country’s condition is calibrated simply by ...

7 things Americans see that the left still pretends we don’t

Columnists

It is astonishing that in this day and age — after nearly 70 years of cable TV, 30 years of conservative talk radio, almost 30 years of the internet, two full decades of broadcast dominance by Fox News, a decade-plus of social media and multiple elections (2010, 2014 and 2016) in which the ...

2019: The year of the Wokescolds

Columnists

2018 was a chaotic year. It was a chaotic year for the markets, for domestic and international politics, and for social mores. 2019 promises more of the same, if the end of the prior year was any indicator. And it promises something else: the continued rise of the Wokescolds. Wokescolds are ...

Question of Trump’s incompetence comes to the fore

Columnists

President Trump’s decision to hold firm on his government shutdown to get Congress to bankroll his southern border wall makes a mockery of his reputation as a great deal-maker. All he has achieved is confirmation of his incompetence in governance. His ineptness in coping with House Speaker ...

The conservative case for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Columnists

The new Hollywood biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” starring Felicity Jones, depicts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s journey from being one of just a handful of women at Harvard Law School to arguing the gender equality case that launched her career. Setting aside ...

Can the FBI investigate the president?

Columnists

Last weekend, The New York Times reported that senior FBI officials were so concerned about whatever President Donald Trump’s true motivation for firing FBI Director James Comey was that they immediately initiated a counterintelligence investigation of the president himself. The Times ...

The myth of the media as Trump’s ‘accomplice’

Columnists

The most absurd and improbable New York Times headline was published in the Sunday Review this week over a magnum opus by columnist Frank Bruni: “Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?” You read that correctly. The real collusion in the 2016 election was between Donald ...