Opinion

Sean Spicer’s regret is not enough

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It started in 1939. Nazi Germany launched its euthanasia program, using poison gas to kill people whose only crime was to be mentally ill or physically disabled. They were unworthy of life, the Nazis had determined. After Adolf Hitler’s Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, in June 1941, they ...

Thank you for supporting Quilts of Valor

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The Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety wishes to thank the following businesses for displaying the Quilts of Valor during the month of March for the upcoming presentation at the Iowa Veterans Home: Chalet, Black Tire Bike shop, Sub City, Pentz Appliance, Mayfield Cleaners, Headliner, Willards, Main ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned it an easy thing to allow the differences between us to become the things that define us. When I think about this, of our differences, I am reminded of one of those puzzles we find in our newspapers where we are shown two nearly identical drawings and are challenged to find the ...

Voter suppression is alive and well

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State Sen. Jeff Edler closes a column by assuring lowans that he voted to protect “voter integrity.” Translated this means he voted to make it harder for lowans to vote by requiring voters to get a state-issued voter ID. Edler and state Rep. Fisher know full well that voter fraud in Iowa is ...

News from Des Moines

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On April 12, the Tama County Pork Producers generously provided a free lunch to all the folks at the capitol as a way of showcasing our county’s agricultural economy. They grilled and served hundreds and hundreds of delicious, tenderized pork loin sandwiches from the first floor rotunda. ...

Edler doing a good job

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I like the job Jeff Edler is doing in the Senate. He beat Steve Sodders, a good senator and a friend of mine. I like the way Jeff tells us about bills and is very straight forward and doesn’t run down the opposing party and doesn’t act like he is running for election on his voting. In last ...

America’s well worth fighting for

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BP has not been pleased. Indeed, BP, who is one of my readers, has been downright disappointed with what she’s seen in this space since last year’s election. She wrote me about it a few days ago. Her email said, in part: “I had hoped for your articles to be the beacon of light to show ...

Family and business

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Dear Dave, My husband and I own a small business. One of our relatives asked for a job recently, and we both have reservations about hiring him because there are several dysfunctional relationships and personalities within our extended family. Are we being mean? We’re not sure how to ...

One (Restrained) Cheer for Washington

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We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day. But wait. We do ...

Robot Revolution

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is taking flak for saying he’s “not worried at all” about robots displacing American workers. He’s spot on. Robots will soon spark a productivity boom, leading to improved economic growth, higher wages and a higher standard of living. Just what America ...

Death Came to Visit

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One thousand nine hundred eighty-four years ago, the sky went dark, the earth quaked and a man died on a cross. Martin Luther said that at that moment Jesus was the greatest sinner to ever live. All the sins of the believers in the past, present and future were piled on him to such an extent ...

Will Christianity Perish in Its Birthplace?

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“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” Those are among Jesus’ last words on the Cross that first Good Friday. It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm. And ...

Happy Easter!

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Since ham and hard boiled eggs are usually plentiful for this holiday, I have recipes for the leftovers. Creamed Ham and Eggs 3 Tbls. butter 3 Tbls. flour 1/2 tsp. dry mustard 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper 2 1/4 c. milk 1 c. diced cooked ham 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped ...

Random Thoughts

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Last month, one of the television stations in Des Moines featured a story about a Johnston boy who, thanks to the use of a special pair of glasses, could see color for the first time. The emotional response, from not only the boy, but his family as well, was an overwhelming and heartfelt ...

So you’ve decided to buy a new TV

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After years of watching your favorite movies slowly dim to the point of total obfuscation, after growing tired of wondering if this scene was shot at night or if your power just went out, after finally abandoning any hope of sorting out the Gordian knot of cables steadily creeping out from ...

A bat in the Organic Marketside Spring Mix

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News outlets recently reported that two people had found a dead bat in their pre-packaged salad mix. Aside from the fact that a dead bat would be the most delicious thing IN a package containing something called “chard,” it was likely unsettling. I was one of those people. Dear Fresh ...

Commodities get Trumped up

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Virtually all commodity and currency markets shot upward this week as President Trump stated on Wednesday that the U.S. dollar was “getting too strong.” Gold and silver rallied to new five month highs as the president stated he would prefer the Federal Reserve keep interest rates low and ...

The Great Reversal — for now

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WASHINGTON — The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids — and these are allies! On ...

What US airlines need now is middle-class class

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It was clearly a bad idea for United Airlines to drag a passenger kicking, screaming and bleeding out of a seat he had paid for. Many of the industry’s critics are using this occasion to drive home their complaints of “class systems” whereby passengers in first or business class get ...

In the Legislature

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There is less than a week left for our scheduled end of this legislative session. The 100th day is April 18. While we are still working hard to be done by this day, we have much left to do on the budget for the next fiscal year. Finally more flexibility for our schools This week in the ...