Opinion

Buddy eats Curt’s birthday present!

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Ginnie came to me bright and early the day before my birthday. “There’s an issue with Buddy.” “Uh, oh.” I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘issue.’ “Oh, what’s that?” I asked, trying to act nonchalant. It was at this point Ginnie broke down. “I feel terrible,” ...

How to execute the silent treatment

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When you’re Very Masculine like myself, you must work hard with fitness, often using a Bowflex or even a ThighMaster in between reps of stirring giant glasses of chocolate milk and cursing your wife for eating all the cheese. Because of my schedule, the only time I’m able to go to the gym ...

Meat Glut Hangs over Markets

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U.S. producers of beef, pork, chicken and turkey may produce over 100 billion pounds of meat this year, a record that is causing a stomachache for markets. Most U.S. livestock is fed a diet that is heavy in corn and soybeans, and low grain prices over the past few years allowed for rapid ...

Thank you T-R staff for tornado coverage

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Speaking for the Marshalltown community, I would like to express gratitude to the entire staff of the Times-Republican, from publisher to circulation, for the outstanding service they have provided during the past weeks. Early on Friday morning, July 20, I was so surprised and pleased to find a ...

The Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s

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WASHINGTON — This week a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., promising to go after their families and “feed them lead.” When police raided his ...

MCT is wonderful for youth involvement

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In May my daughter auditioned for a part in the Wizard of Oz. From the moment my 11-year-old daughter took the stage to audition, (while I white-knuckled it in my seat, watching) through to the final show, she was shown incredible amounts of patience, constructive criticism spoken to her at ...

Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

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It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that ...

Is collusion criminal?

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In the last two weeks, the Trump administration has begun to make a rather interesting legal argument: Collusion isn’t criminal. President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani made this argument on television; Trump repeated it on Twitter. But is it true? Technically, collusion isn’t a crime. ...

Had enough of Trump?

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Some irate Donald Trump supporters have had enough. Enough, that is, of my columns harping on the damage their man has done and is doing to American democracy by attacking the press and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible obstruction of justice by him that could lead ...

Electric grid hacking more perilous than election hacking

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Kremlin-connected cyber criminals are capable of turning off our electric power from afar, while power plant employees watch helplessly. In the last two weeks, the federal Department of Homeland Security held four briefings warning that Russian hackers are already practicing how to throw the ...

Teach good manners

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Attend any event where children are present and one will quickly learn that the idea of using manners is almost nonexistent. At the age of 2, my daughter knew how to say, “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me.” We made up our mind when she was born that our children would not be ...

Advice for the president

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Dear Mr. President, “Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother”? It’s a song lyric from the musical “The Pajama Game,” but fitting here. There is a way you can hang onto your base, keeping them engaged, energized, without the constant Twitter assaults on those who ...

Reporters suddenly hate the Soviets?

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Reporter Andrea Mitchell is celebrating 40 years with NBC News and appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to discuss the milestone. Host Trevor Noah suggested that the killing of five people in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom could be laid at President Trump’s door (he wasn’t ...

Love for a child isn’t so simple anymore

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Last week, you walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear. Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to ...

Media doesn’t want to understand Trump voters

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As the tax evasion trial of former presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort began, the Trump-hating Democratic Media Complex renewed its howls, hoping Manafort flips and gives up Trump’s head. Mollie Hemingway, the conservative senior editor from The Federalist, asked a question on ...

Elizabeth Warren’s lie

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Elizabeth Warren is branching out. The Massachusetts senator, who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors, is now smearing the criminal justice system, too. In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that “the ...

Colleges: A force for evil

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Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A ...

MCBD asks for your tax dollars

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MCBD - Marshalltown Central Business District petitioned the City Council to give $40,000 in grant money, previously earmarked for facade upgrades, to their organization for “operational expenses.” Operational expenses like wages. The MCBD is a non-profit 501c6 organization, just like the ...

What does it mean to be conservative?

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I am in Austin, TX, to have a conversation with conservatives about conservatism and public policy. I am calling this conversation the “Resurgent Gathering” as conservatives spend two days exploring how to spark a conservative resurgence in the country. What does it mean, in the 21st ...

Would war with Iran doom Trump?

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A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency, but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man. Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea? Looking back at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, wars we began or ...