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Is left-wing terrorism making a comeback?

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You knew it was coming. You felt it with a sickening certainty the instant news of a mass shooting flashed out from Alexandria, Virginia. So it was disheartening, but hardly surprising, to hear certain conservatives reflexively blame Democrats and their so-called “hate speech” for the ...

Second time around

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Floyd Lee Corkins walked into the offices of the Family Research Council after seeing it listed as an anti-gay hate group on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website. The Family Research Council is a pro-Christian, pro-family organization, which makes it a hate site to the left. Corkins ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned that this past week Pakistan has won the 2017 World Championship in cricket by defeating India. Congratulations Pakistan. But I have one question … what the heck is cricket? Having asked this question, I seek enlightenment from Uncle Google. This is what I have learned. Even though ...

A Long History of Leftist Hatred

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James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican Congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and a Bernie Sanders backer. Like many before him, Hodgkinson was a malevolent man of the hating and hard left. His planned atrocity failed ...

Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon

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In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Rewriting American History

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George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological ...

To file, or not to file?

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Dear Dave, How do you know when you should file an insurance claim on a homeowner’s issue, versus just dealing with it and paying cash? — Ben Dear Ben, Basically, it’s when you begin to feel the pain financially. Let’s say you have a $1,000 deductible on your homeowner’s ...

Happy Father’s Day!

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Dad wil surely love these delicious recipes. Mouth Watering Pork Chops 1/4 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 4 thick pork chops (6 to 8 ounces each) 3 Tbls. butter or margarine 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped (1 1/2 c.) 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 c. sliced mushrooms (I ...

Wheat springs higher

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Hard red spring wheat futures leapt to the highest price since 2014 as farmers are grappling with exceptionally dry conditions in the northern United States. A drought in North Dakota and nearby states has sapped growing plants of moisture, leaving the crop in the worst condition in almost 30 ...

Support higher education

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I have been a full-time student my entire life. I have been working summer jobs and relying heavily on the support of my parents and federal loans in recent years to continue to be able to further my education at Iowa State. Because I am from Illinois, I pay out-of state tuition. I first looked ...

Trump didn’t ruin the media. Obama did

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There is a widespread perception among those on the right that President Trump’s myriad foibles, vagaries and outright prevarications are somehow justifiable because he is The Great Destroyer of the mainstream media. His fans say he is running the media around in circles — and that is its ...

Thank you for supporting academy

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IowaWORKS Iowa Valley, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, IVRS Intermediary Program, and the Department for the Blind wish to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations of time, food and prizes for the Limelight Leadership Academy summer youth event held at Iowa ...

Trump rates close to zero on ‘war’ against opioids

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Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open ...

Cleaning needlepoint

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Dear Heloise: I have several antique NEEDLEPOINT chairs and wall hangings. They are beautiful, but I was nervous about cleaning them. Then I tried the following hints, which work great: * Vacuum on low power. Gently wand the chairs and hangings with the vacuum to pick up dust. Don’t touch ...

Thank you for supporting prom

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I just completed my junior year at Marshalltown High School. MHS Prom 2017 was a night to remember on April 29. It was my first time attending prom, and I was on the prom committee this year. I wanted prom to be perfect and couldn’t wait to start planning. I was so happy when I was told about ...

Nurturing our capacity for regeneration

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OSSINING, N.Y. — Sparkling in the sunlight that inspired 19th-century romantic painters of the Hudson River School, Sing Sing prison’s razor wire, through which inmates can see the flowing river, is almost pretty. Almost. Rain or shine, however, a fog of regret permeates any ...

Sessions adamant in defense of himself, Trump

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WASHINGTON — Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a scratch. For more ...

Sibling rivalry

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Many times, I write these articles to find out answers to my own questions, based on personal experiences. Today is no different. My children are ages 16 and 11. They are perfect gifts from God whom I love very much. However, they fight! Like most siblings, they fight about anything from where ...

Food drive a success

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The 2017 Arresting Hunger Food Drive results are in. Eight-hundred and forty-five food items were donated and $314.71 for milk vouchers was raised during the event. As always, the generosity of the community and its members was exemplary. I would like to thank HyVee and Fareway for their ...

Comey flunks the New York Times

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Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: Ruin President Trump. This is why the “news” producers treated former FBI Director Jim Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate moment, a first impeachment ...