Opinion

‘M’ has no place within veterans memorial

Columnists

I suspect that many of the folks who travel on South 6th Street past the F-4C Phantom jet fighter are unaware that the fenced-in site was dedicated as a memorial to all Central Iowa Veterans in October 1993, and that the aircraft belongs to the U.S. Air Force Museum. It is on loan to American ...

Future Files

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Record oil production in U.S. U.S. oil production reached an all-time record last week, with drillers pumping over 9.6 million barrels per day. Domestic oil drilling has boomed during the last decade as new technologies have allowed for a sharp increase in production at lower cost. Oil fields ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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Given the threat of North Korea’s impending nuclear capabilities, increased mass shootings in our own country, intolerant demonstrations in our communities and on college campuses, our politicians, not only being at odds with members of the opposite party, but also disagreeing with members in ...

STEM starts at birth, with YOU

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STEM is the new buzz acronym. It involves how we incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into everyday learning to improve crucial brain development in children. For many, the misconception is that STEM is introduced later in school-aged children. However, STEM begins with ...

A moving experience

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Evidence that when Democrats rule taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities exceeding, $4 a ...

When Racial Hoaxes Make News

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The liberal narrative on President Donald Trump assumes his election is evidence that America is returning to its racist roots. In the angst-ridden aftermath, the media found vindication by reporting all kinds of “hate crime” incidents, lurching so eagerly that they fell for a few that ...

Why pardon a turkey?

Opinion

Miles Tufts Marshalltown President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Mueller investigation starts indicting his associates. This Wednesday, he plans to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys. The other 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have not been so ...

A hearty thank you!

Opinion

Greg DeSaulniers, chairman Scouting for Food Marshall, Tama and Hardin Counties Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America For the last 27 years the Boy Scouts of America have conducted a community service project here in central Iowa called Scouting for Food. This activity helps stock ...

General thoughts on abortion, gun deaths, kneeling and attention

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Don Plahn Marshalltown Definitions: Kneeling — Be in or assume a position in which the body is supported by a knee or the knees as when praying, showing submission, honoring royalty or nobility being knighted or beheaded. Attention — The act or power of carefully thinking about, ...

Support sought for family

Opinion

Deane Adams Conrad The reason I am writing this letter is that we have a family in our church that’s having a rough fight with cancer. The family is Eugene Ubben’s family. His wife, Darla, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has had many trips to the doctors since then. She has ...

Hints from Heloise

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about spouses who forget important occasions: “Dear Heloise: For the fifth year in a row, my husband has forgotten our wedding anniversary. A year after we were married, he stopped taking me out for my birthday. Many men, like him, work hard, don’t ...

Extended Learning Program supports students with high abilities

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The mission of the Marshalltown Community School District is to develop learners who have the knowledge, skills, and positive mindset to successfully pursue a meaningful future through personalized learning experiences, so have you ever wondered how our schools support children with high ...

Republican tax cut concerns

Your View

The Republican tax plan prohibits teachers from deducting the cost of pens and pencils they purchase for students out of their own pocket yet it allows a multi-billion dollar corporation to deduct pens and pencils they purchase. This, in a nutshell, is representative of the plan. Sen. Lindsey ...

She Took On the Bully, and She Won

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Last January, John Carman returned from Donald Trump’s inauguration apparently so puffed up that he decided to make fun of the much larger crowd at the Women’s March the next day. This, in itself, is not news. There are plenty of men in America who would rather mock women than try to ...

Trumpism wounded, but not dead

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And there’s more where that came from. Or at least, let us fervently hope. The Republican Party was thoroughly rebuked in last week’s election, and no party in modern history has ever deserved rebuking more. Nor has any party leader ever deserved spanking more than Donald Trump, the boy ...

Ernst is making waves

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Some politicians seek federal office in part so they can live an extravagant lifestyle paid for by American taxpayers. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is determined to curtail that type of self-serving behavior. That’s why the Iowa Republican has just introduced legislation that would eliminate a tax ...

Republicans to Kill the Adoption Tax Credit

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They claim to be the pro-life, pro-family party. But Republicans in Congress are starting to show they only care about lobbyists and money. Though they continue to fund Planned Parenthood, the Republicans have decided to kill the adoption tax credit. Let me start with the basics. I believe ...

An ICE Agent’s Quest for Justice

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“Betrayed.” Victor Avila is a survivor. Soft-spoken but iron-willed, he dedicated his life to law enforcement and to his country. Yet, the feds are now fighting tooth and nail to bury the full truth about the 2011 ambush by Los Zetas drug cartel thugs in Mexico that left him gravely ...

Married or single, budgeting is the key

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Dear Dave, Do you have any tips for how single people can stay on track with their finances? — Deb Dear Deb, The first thing I’d suggest is the same advice I give to married couples, and that is to spend less than you make, and live on a written, monthly budget. Sit down at the end ...

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

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The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup Poll, though, a ...