Opinion

Keeping tabs on power cords

Columnists

Dear Heloise: Each new electronic comes with its own POWER/CHARGING CORD. I generally have them plugged into a power strip under my desk. To keep them separate and labeled, I take the plastic tabs from bagel and bread packages, label them and place them on the cords. The tabs rest on top of ...

The real cost of protectionism

Columnists

WASHINGTON — When the president speaks of closed factories scattered like “tombstones” across America, has he noticed the shuttered stores in shopping centers, and entire malls reduced to rubble? He promises “protection” to prevent foreigners from “destroying” manufacturing jobs ...

The Trump administration’s credibility problem

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after President Trump’s inaugural speech, what lingers is not its eloquence or poetry — there was little of either — but rather its dismal view of where this country stands now and Trump’s conceit, as he put it at the Republican convention, that “only I ...

Update from Des Moines

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Filing of bills and committee work is increasing as we finish the third week. The Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) de-appropriation of $117 million was passed out of committee on Tuesday, setting it up for debate by the House next week. The de-appropriation did not impact K-12 education per the ...

Communicating with your baby

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There is nothing quite snuggling a baby. Some even talk or sing a baby in womb. We love the joy and warmth it brings. There are many benefits to communicating with babies, like developing the communication and language skills that will last them their whole life. Zero to Three is a ...

The ongoing Gosnell blackout

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Six years ago, a deeply disturbing story emerged from a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia. In a horrific 261-page report, prosecutors accused abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell of delivering seven babies alive and then killing them by snipping their spinal chords with scissors, as well as allowing ...

Marching for life, and for our future

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I wonder why when hundreds of thousands of women show up in Washington to demonstrate for what one Wall Street Journal columnist called “everything under the progressive sun,” the press goes bonkers with coverage. Yet, when similar numbers of pro-lifers reportedly show up for the March ...

Donald Trump, revolutionary

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Within four hours of becoming president of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to limit immediately the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in ways that are revolutionary. With the stroke of a pen, the president assaulted the ...

Could your child be suffering from a mental illness?

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Issues around mental health seem to be making news headlines on a routine basis. Stories vary from acts of violence to lack of services for individuals suffering from mental health conditions. Whatever the storyline, the reality is that mental health is often misunderstood and mischaracterized. ...

Trump’s inauguration is not without precedent

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The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it’s only the second time in history that that’s happened. The other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago. That’s a bit surprising, given the strong example George Washington’s two terms as ...

He gave his daughter a Kindle and filled it with books

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The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod’s campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Rhetoric and reality

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President Donald Trump’s inaugural address may not have risen to the rhetorical level of John F. Kennedy (“The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”), or Ronald Reagan’s critique ...

What Jim has learned today

Columnists

I learned that when one comes home and two big dogs are laying on the floor, on their backs, their paws in the air, moaning in a way only a dog can moan, and you look over and see the dog food container has been broken into, these dogs will likely need to go outside several times before ...

Trump’s inaugural address nothing more than magical thinking

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It was, arguably, the most telling moment of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. People want good schools, neighborhoods and jobs, said the incoming president. “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; ...

The Remarkable Unremarkable

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We take it for granted. It is completely unremarkable, but so remarkable in the grand scheme of history. At noon on January 20 of the year following a presidential election, a man will stand before the nation and world and swear “that [he] will faithfully execute the office of President of ...

Trump, the media and a cure for hysteria

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Before Donald Trump establishes himself in the White House, here’s hoping he does something huge for American journalism. He’s already been a huge boon to journalists, serving as a pinata for thwacks and clicks and fear and clicks and panic and clicks and outrage, shame, clicks and more ...

Thank you Marshall County

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The Emergency Food Box Board on behalf of the volunteers and clients says “Thank you” to the Marshall County community for its generous support during 2016. We are awed at the variety of ways individuals, businesses, schools, churches, groups and organizations have supported the Food Box ...

To be unclear is to be unkind

Columnists

Dear Dave, My friend and I are roommates, and we’ve always had an agreement that we split each of the bills 50-50. We both work and have decent jobs, but for the last couple of months she’s been really late in paying her half of the bills. She says she’s broke. I don’t want to be ...

New President, New World

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“Don’t Make Any Sudden Moves” is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to ...

The Opposition’s Very Wrong First Step

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In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour — his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor — on building a winning coalition: ‘’The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent ...