Opinion

Armageddon postponed

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...

The Press Is Not Trusted or Popular

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CNN delighted in reporting the results of a recent poll question that asked: “How much do you trust the things you hear in official communications from the White House? Do you trust almost all, most of it, just some of it, or nothing at all?” If a regular viewer of CNN were to choose ...

Prisoners’ Summer Swelter

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I received an unusual letter from Arizona recently. It was written by an inmate held at the Lewis state prison complex in Buckeye, Arizona, and signed by 39 other prisoners. Their complaint? That life inside the Buckley unit there is like hell. The record-breaking heat there this summer has ...

Owning My Age

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Last month, I turned 60, and just like that, I swear, something changed in me. It was as if my guardian angel reached into my soul and flipped a switch without warning. What a character, that one — a tall and wiry number with wild hair and a smoker’s hack. I’m not complaining. Let’s ...

Trump: Leaks and fake news

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Many issues bother me about our president. I’ll comment on two: 1. Leaks — Trump complains about Leaks but the President himself recently tweeted out a link to a Fox News report about North Korea that contained what U.S Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said was “classified ...

Google’s ‘Tolerance’ Requires Repression

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Last month, I turned 60, and just like that, I swear, something changed in me. It was as if my guardian angel reached into my soul and flipped a switch without warning. What a character, that one — a tall and wiry number with wild hair and a smoker’s hack. I’m not complaining. Let’s ...

Hate is here in Iowa

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After what has happened in Charlottesville we here in Iowa need to look at our own leadership and those who support them who spread hate and racism. Who am I referring to? Steve King. Need I say more?

We can’t wait any longer

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Iowa has more than 10,000 factory farms — more than any other state. These facilities come under fire from animal rights groups, environmentalists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are breeding grounds for diseases and generate 22 billion gallons of manure annually, ...

Thank you, President Eisenhower

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A cross-country trip by a U.S Army convoy in 1918 that made its way through Tama (and possibly Marshalltown) would later pave the way for the national interstate system. One of the officers included would go on to lead allied forces to victory in World War II, and serve two terms as ...

Protect my retirement

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As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that ...

Measure to honor our heroes near approval

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Tens of thousands of American military personnel have served in the assorted wars on terrorism that have been an unfortunate, but necessary, part of life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, thousands of these American patriots have given their lives in these crucial battles to preserve our way ...

Burning the Heretics

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James Damore, a Google employee with a Ph.D. from Harvard, penned a memo that cost him his job. Damore wrote that Google, in trying to advance diversity internally, needed to do it in different ways. One would never know that from the media’s coverage of his memo. It was a “controversial ...

Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Conscience’

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The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the ...

Home improvement debt?

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Dear Dave, I’m debt-free except for my home, and I’m considering having solar panels installed on the roof of the house. It would cost about $27,000. I have $80,000 in savings, but the company doing the installation will finance it all for just one percent interest. It’s almost like ...

Is the American Empire Worth the Price?

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“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards of the American ...

Trump’s Deadly Ego Trip

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Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would “take care of everybody” with a “beautiful” new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Such election-year vows were abandoned months ago, ...

Single-Payer Will Cut Boomers’ Lives Short

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If you’re a baby boomer, you’re expecting Medicare to pay for that knee replacement or cataract operation you’ll need in 10 or 20 years. Don’t count on it. Health care reform is taking a dangerous turn. Democrats, energized by the failure to repeal Obamacare, are again pushing a ...

‘Fire and Fury’ unleashed on gold and stocks

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A war of words between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spooked global investors this week. On Tuesday, President Trump warned that the United States would unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it made further threats on the United States. Kim Jong-un responded by ...

Freedom behind the fences

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A rose bush, a fragile sort of thing, thrives with a little pruning, a little protecting from aphids, a little nurturing. And so it is with freedom. As I am thinking of freedom, I am wondering, is it a right? Is it a privilege? And I come to believe it is both and more. It is a condition. It ...

Expert advice for your next weigh-in

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Eleven-time five-division professional boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to fight two-division world mixed martial arts world champion Conor McGregor on Aug. 26, the pair making approximately the same amount of money as the combined GDP of Zimbabwe and Jamaica. Mayweather is ...