Opinion

Soon-to-be father feeling anxious about baby’s arrival

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Q: My wife and I are expecting our first child. I’m excited to be a dad, but also intimidated. My father wasn’t a good role model, so I feel pretty clueless about this whole parenting thing. Can you help? Jim: Author Kent Nerburn once said, “It is much easier to become a father than to ...

Poppy Days a great success

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Thanks again to the community of Marshalltown for their generous support of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days again this year. ALA Unit 46 appreciates the courtesy of Walmart, HyVee and Fareway for allowing our Legion family volunteers to accept donations by the entrances to their ...

Roger Ailes ruined Monica Lewinsky?

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It was big news when Roger Ailes died. Everyone in his industry acknowledged that a serious force in American media and politics had passed away. Without Fox News over these last 20 years, the shape of American politics would be far different. The heretofore unanimously liberal media suddenly ...

Food drive a great success

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The Emergency Food Box and Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who generously donated to the successful Letter Carriers Food Drive that was held May 13. Marshalltown’s response to this year’s drive was one of the highest — with a final total of 10,338 pounds. We are truly ...

Liberal fight against freedom turns violent

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Intolerance, at times exploding into violence, is spreading throughout our society. And it’s coming from the political left. It’s happening on college campuses. Most recently, students walked out on Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address at Notre Dame University. Secretary of ...

The Demotic politics of Theresa May — and Donald Trump

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DURHAM, England — When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics. In Britain, Tony Blair’s Labour Party was about to sweep to a landslide victory after 18 years of Conservative Party ...

Strange fruit, 2017

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Please, somebody tell these boys it’s 2017. Last weekend, several dozen white people swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest a City Council vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Critics have rightfully complained for a long time now that these ...

The genius of Roger Ailes

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Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address ...

Celebrating the rituals of spring

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I’ve been meaning to write this column for years. The inspiration will invariably come some warm May evening as I am standing in the lobby of a downtown hotel and, suddenly, a limousine sweeps up and disgorges these boys in crisp tuxes, these girls in sparkly dresses, T-shirts and hoodies ...

Graduates are a source of pride

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All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate with commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors. Graduation from high school is a key benchmark event. It is a major transition point in life. For many young folks, not only does it represent ...

No More Benefits of Doubt

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We are on a national trajectory toward seeing what happens when the immovable object of Donald Trump collides with the unstoppable force of the Democrat resistance. The outcome will be certain disaster for our constitutional republic. We are not in normal times, and the level of partisan rancor ...

Eroding Standards Erode Civilization

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President Donald Trump is having a bad week within a string of bad weeks: leaks, accusations of revealing classified information to the Russians, panicking staff members. David Graham at The Atlantic wonders aloud whether Trump’s presidency is “on the verge of collapse.” It’s ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned that it was Jean Kerr, author of “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” who said, “I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want — an adorable pancreas?” Defining beauty is an elusive sort of thing. To a physician, one ...

Mortgage for the deduction?

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Dear Dave, My wife and I are looking at buying a new home. We’ve been really blessed with our finances, and we’re at a point where we can pay cash for a new house and still have plenty of money in the bank. Should we do this, or is it a better idea to get a mortgage for the tax ...

Rosenstein Joins the Posse

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“With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation,” writes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. What had Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein done to be welcomed home by the Post like the prodigal son? Without consulting the White House, he sandbagged President Trump, ...

Self-Pity Can Be Politically Fatal

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In polls of American historians conducted over the past 17 years by C-SPAN, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt have consistently ranked — along with George Washington — among the three best U.S. presidents. Yet President Lincoln was vilified in life, referred to in print as ‘’the ...

Wanted: Common Sense in the Jury Box

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We should all have a profound respect for our jury system. In a justice system that is obviously not perfect, average citizens put their lives on hold to serve as jurors so defendants get a fair shot at impartiality. Jurors act as a counterbalance to attorneys’ legal maneuverings as they ...

Ah yes, delicious strawberries

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The strawberries in the grocery stores are just too good to pass up, so today I have recipes that use the fruit. Strawberry Cheesecake Shake 1/2 c. Milk 1/2 c. cottage cheese sweeten to taste 1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract (optional) 2 c. frozen strawberries Place ...

Random Thoughts

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If you’re ever lucky enough to sit down for a conversation with Ben Veren, you’ll discover a great energy — a real devotion — for keeping Marshall County residents safe on the roadways. His zeal is evident even when he sends out a press release about traffic safety initiatives going ...

Summer: Heat, humidity and the dregs of TV

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Summer: It’s hot, it’s bright, and when the weather isn’t actively trying to kill you with tornadoes and flash floods its cooking you alive with the type of saturating, omnipresent heat most accurately described by Dante. Best to stay inside and watch some TV ... for you own ...