Opinion

Marshall County: It’s your turn to decide

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Candidate forums, local and national debates, numerous articles, letters to the editor, yard signs, newspaper, TV, radio ads and a great deal of attention.With nine days left until Election Day, this long campaign season is thankfully winding down.Now it's time for Marshall County voters to ...

Spies, prospectors and the Avengers

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A few weeks ago my sister bought me a tablet for my birthday.I'm a little late to the tablet-game but I'm spending entirely too much time on the thing. Ever heard a TV exec bemoan that people no longer watch commercials because they're on their phone/tablet at each commercial break? Yeah, I'm ...

Tips for an amazing Halloween

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Here are some helpful tips to prepare for a fun-filled Halloween.1) Halloween can be frightening for young children. Prepare your little ghouls for the frights ahead by forcing them to watch terrifying movies and waking them up once every week with the sound of a chainsaw.2) Wear a costume ...

Fun favorites for Halloween

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Monday is Halloween, so keeping with the holiday I have some treats - no tricks.Roasted Pumpkin Seeds2 c. pumpkin seeds1/4 c. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)3/4 Tbsp. saltDilute the salt with the lemon juice; then, mix in the pumpkin seeds. Keep mixing together until all seeds are very wet and ...

Oil market slides down

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Less than a month after OPEC announced a plan to collectively reduce oil production to boost prices, it appears that the deal may be falling apart. Originally, all 14 member nations and Russia had agreed to work together to reduce production, but now nations are asking for exemptions from the ...

Immigration controversies

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Despite controversies that rage over immigration, it is hard to see how anyone could be either for or against immigrants in general. First of all, there are no immigrants in general.Both in the present and in the past, some immigrant groups have made great contributions to American society, and ...

No, Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare ‘crazy’

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Spurred by screaming headlines about "skyrocketing" premiums on some government insurance exchanges, Obamacare foes are dredging up Bill Clinton's colorful quote regarding the Affordable Care Act. No, Clinton didn't call it "crazy."This is what Clinton said (after noting that over 20 million ...

Sodders wants Iowa’s schools to be the best

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I was a teacher in Tama County for 35 years. I know what a difference a good education can make in our kids' lives. But I also know how hard it can be to teach those kids when your school doesn't have the funding it needs, forcing teachers to work with outdated textbooks, overcrowded classes, ...

Support CIH

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It is important that the community rally around and support the employees and the board of Central Iowa Healthcare as they work their way through some very difficult times. Recent layoffs underscore the gravity of the position the board found itself in after government mandated coding changes ...

Sorry Donald Trump, but I’m telling it like it is

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Trump supporters like him because "he says it like it is." Well, I'm going to tell it like it is.I believe that Trump is a wolf in sheep's clothes and a Judas goat. I believe Trump is a pathological liar, a sociopath, and a dangerous bigoted demagogue who sows hate, fear, and distrust. Trump ...

Power drain calls for new refrain

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Dear Heloise: I often MISPLACE MY MOBILE PHONE and can't find it, since I habitually turn it off to prevent battery drain. To solve this problem, while I am at home I turn off location, notifications and mobile data. I also turn off emails, and use my home computer to check them.These things ...

Republican Party needs to revert to nominating Republicans

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WASHINGTON - When told that the New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller had grandly declared "I accept the universe," the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle dryly remarked: "She'd better." Much ink and indignation has been spilled concerning whether Donald ("I am much more humble than ...

Remembering Tom Hayden

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WASHINGTON - The death at 76 of Tom Hayden has taken from the scene an influential student radical of the 1960s who pivoted to orthodox politics as an influential California state senator, where he carried on his dedication to anti-war and other liberal principles.I first encountered Hayden in ...

Hoffman is simply extraordinary

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Singer/songwriter Rachel Platten has a new song that is currently out on the airwaves. One line from the lyrics, in particular, reminds me of someone very important in this year's election.In her song "Better Place," Platten declares "It's a better place since you came along ..." More than ...

Sodders fights for students, teachers

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As a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa, pursuing a degree in education, the local election for state senate has been in the forefront of my mind.Every year, Steve Sodders has been the one to push for public school funding. He has made it clear that public schools are an important ...

Life as a home child care provider

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Ten years ago, I set out to be a home child care provider so I could care for my own children, while providing care for others. I was pretty selective about the families and children I cared for. I made sure I did all the right steps to make sure children we cared for in a loving and safe home. ...

Hollywood’s debate rage against Trump

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In the aftermath of the final presidential debate, some pundits were struck dead that Donald Trump would be so rude as to describe Hillary Clinton as a "nasty woman." Would you like a lesson in the meaning of hypocrisy? Let's see what their colleagues said about Trump after the debate.On Comedy ...

NAACP denies education civil rights

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It's a rare day when the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post are of one mind.But it just happened. Each of these newspapers, with the largest circulations in the country, and with views on the right and the left, weighed in with unanimity, ...

This election, it’s time to vote No, No and No

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When you place your vote be it absentee or at the polls in a few days, turn your ballet over. Vote NO for the three Iowa Supreme Court Justices, Brent Appel, Mark Cady and Daryl Hecht. These are three of the seven remaining justices that voted to force same-sex marriage on the people of Iowa. ...

Support Luisa Ortega for auditor/recorder on Nov. 8

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I have known Luisa Ortega since she was a junior at Marshalltown High School. At the early age of 17, Luisa demonstrated a desire to work toward a better community. As a high school student she worked as an interpreter for the Des Moines Police Department, and later started her own businesses ...