Opinion

Now playing in Puerto Rico

Columnists

“He who excuses himself, accuses himself.” — Puerto Rican proverb More than 109 lobbyists and 39 Democrat Members of Congress attended a “winter retreat” last weekend in Puerto Rico, ostensibly to help raise funds for damage caused by hurricane Maria in 2017, reports Fox News. The ...

Marshalltown Extended Learning Program: On the right track

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Think about the Bobcat track team. There are sprinters, hurdlers, throwers and long distance runners. Would you expect that the track coach would provide the same workouts for a shot putter as a distance runner? Of course not! Each athlete is given the appropriate workout to maximize their ...

Nurturing womanly ambition

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A few days before my mother died, at age 62, she sat tethered to oxygen in her crowded hospital room and expressed two regrets about her life. “If I had it to do over, I’d dye my hair red,” she said, “and I would own cats.” Some of us laughed nervously. Her voice was ...

A stalemate as Trump goes factual, Democrats illogical

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The televised presidential address from the Oval Office, a staple of communication between the chief executive and the people in the second half of 20th century, has recently been in desuetude. Former President Barack Obama delivered only three such addresses in his eight years in office. ...

Are we truly one paycheck from disaster?

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The partial government shutdown has forced some federal workers to move money around to pay for food and rent. No surprise there. What’s shocking is the many who don’t have the money to move. They have no financial cushion to cover even one month’s worth of ordinary expenses. Don’t ...

Politics of immigration

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Here are a couple of easy immigration questions — answerable with a simple “yes” or “no” — we might ask any American of any political stripe: Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do the American people have a right, through their elected representatives, to ...

A border wall for $55

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All this recent talk about walls got me thinking. History books and legends are full of examples of the need for and laborious building of walls around cities, countries and various structures. The Wall of Jericho was built thousands of years before Christ and kept the city population safe ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear readers, Now that the holidays are over and it’s back to our normal routine, some of us may resolve to eat healthier in 2019. Many of us have overindulged in certain foods and have picked up a few pounds during the holiday season. For me, it was fudge and my great-grandmother’s ...

Brexit shows how direct democracy can be dangerous

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During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain’s, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, “These Americans represent the new Roman Empire and we Britons, like the Greeks of old, must teach them how to make it go.” Today, Britain’s Brexit agonies — ...

Memo to Trump: Declare an emergency

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In the long run, history will validate Donald Trump’s stand on a border wall to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States. Why? Because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West. The American people know this, and ...

Life-long learning is important

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Part of the reason I’m drawn to journalism is because I get to learn new things all the time. I get to hear from people from all walks of life about what they’re passionate about. Learning is fun and it’s not just for students in school. In one of our stories this week, we told you ...

Crock pot recipes

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There’s nothing better than coming home to the smell of dinner cooking, so today I have some crock pot recipes that will do just that. Crock Pot Pineapple Pork Chops 4 pork chops 1 c. water 1 can sliced pineapple Salt and pepper to taste Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Put ...

All of America’s children?

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I liked the fact that Nancy Pelosi invited lawmakers’ children to the dais when she was sworn in. Undoubtedly many heard her words with nodding approval and perhaps a tear as she opened the session “on behalf of all of America’s children.” How refreshing those words would be if they ...

Mental health should be a state, local priority

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Mental health is a stigmatized topic. Some don’t even believe mental illness exists. However, mental health issues have a grave impact on our community, state and nation and we need to address them and support those who are struggling. One in five adults in American experience a mental ...

Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown

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I’m betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do I. Short story: I decided to start collecting Social Security (even though I couldn’t ...

Obscenity’s not just a set of words

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As a general rule, I don’t curse a lot. I’ve found that I can usually express myself effectively enough without it. And it’s always seemed to me that foul language, used ubiquitously, loses its primary value, i.e., its ability to shock or to state a thing with force. How seriously should ...

‘Green New Deal’ a product of ideological recycling

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It’s fitting that the Green New Deal pushed by many but popularized by Democratic phenom Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had her “60 Minutes” debut on Sunday, is a triumph of recycling. Not of plastic bags or soda cans, but of ideas. Specifically, Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal ...

Butterflies for Christmas

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My 3-year-old wanted one thing from Santa this year: butterflies. Not butterfly-print dresses or rubber butterfly toys. Not even the creepy pinned-down dead butterflies in display cases. Real, living butterflies. And by George, the big man in red brought her some come Christmas morning. Well, ...

Finally getting coached

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Recently my wife thought she would buy me a new water bottle. It’s the type of loving gift spouses give one another that basically says, “Here. Now you can stop annoyingly drinking out of mine you dehydrated desert lizard.” Love comes in so many forms. But this is not an ordinary water ...