Opinion

The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy

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Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have. Consider the questions that have convulsed this city since the Trump ...

Marshalltown needs Target

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I wish Target would come to Marshalltown and move into the Kmart spot, even if it means having to relocate the Hy-Vee Drugstore and the Mexican restaurant. Marshalltown is too big for only a Walmart. Either Target or Shopko should move into the Kmart space, but I’d rather see Target move ...

Virginia Shows the Future

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Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry ...

Act like adults

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It has been one month since I watched Congressman Blum’s town hall in Marshalltown, and I think most would agree it was extremely rude behavior displayed toward our elected official. At that time, I really thought it was going to be the low point in political theatrics and the discussion ...

What to do with the leftover?

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Dear Dave, When you use the envelope system, what should you do with any leftover money? — Mandy Dear Mandy, My suggestion would be to carry it over to the next month. Lots of folks don’t use all the money in their clothing envelope during a month. There’s nothing wrong with ...

I scream for ice cream

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Since June is Dairy Month I have a couple of ice cream recipes. The Mock Ice Cream Sandwich recipe is just an easy and good treat any month of the year. Easy Homemade Ice Cream 1/2 c. milk (you can use skim) 1 Tbsp. sugar 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (or any flavor extract) Ingredients ...

Food, fun, some good will and open hearts

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Has anyone really ever borrowed a cup of sugar from their neighbor? In the old TV series, “Bewitched,” Gladys Kravitz would visit Samantha under the guise of needing the sweet ingredient, presumably for baking or for coffee. Of course, she really was just snooping to see what was going on ...

No such thing as a killer fidget spinner

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“None of it happened and we’ve got the facts to prove it.” I’m submitting the previous phrase as the new slogan for the AP’s endlessly entertaining and depressingly prolific AP FACT CHECK section. I keep checking in with FACT CHECK, assuming that the section will either quickly burn ...

Nation’s news levels reach peak level

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EVERYWHERE, USA —The World Health Organization issued a warning regarding the level of news in the United States, raising the level from “Meh” to “OMG You Guys! RUN!” News levels had been steadily rising for approximately two years, however has surged in the last seven months to ...

Oil dumps on supply jump

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A surprise rise in U.S. oil inventories sent the market tanking when the Department of Energy released its weekly update on Wednesday. Oil had its biggest one-day loss since March, falling to a one-month low near $45 per barrel. U.S. stockpiles of crude oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel are at ...

If it walks like a terrorist

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In television it’s called a “loop,” the replaying of the same scene over and over and over again. The latest and most assuredly not the final terrorist attack in London last weekend was a “loop” that has become all-too familiar. The jihadists who claimed to be acting on orders from ...

The Donald Trump Apology Tour

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Barack Obama much annoyed many of his critics when he noted less-than-stellar moments in American history during his trips abroad. They called it Obama’s apology tour. While greatly admiring Obama’s polish on the world stage, I did find these we’re-not-perfect flourishes to be mildly ...

You can’t govern by id

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WASHINGTON — Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent offshoot. What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability to distinguish between ...

Kindergarten primer

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Dear Heloise: My twin grandchildren will be starting KINDERGARTEN in August. The school gave me some tasks to practice with the twins so they will be ready: * We practice writing letters and words outside using sidewalk chalk. * I make sure the kids can follow step-by-step directions. * ...

Engineering without a license

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WASHINGTON — Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to ...

Trump tramples postwar consensus on collective security

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s double-whammy assaults on NATO and the Paris accord on climate change have confirmed his break from America’s commitment to collective action against threats to democratic government, which has endured since the end of World War II and the Cold War that ...

The gap between Left and Right over human evil

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There are certain clarifying moments in political discourse; moments that demonstrate just where the various parties stand. Never has the gap been so obvious as this last week. On Friday, the left declared the world in imminent peril. The problem? President Trump pulled out of the altogether ...

UnityPoint Health: Transforming health care in Marshalltown

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We are thrilled to welcome Marshalltown into the UnityPoint Health family. And as a new family member you may want to know a few things about us now that we are “related.” The word, “Unity” in our name — represents our system-wide focus, which is to surround the patient with care ...

The CNN ‘scholar’ throwing excrement

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In reaction to the May ratings report showing MSNBC as number one in weeknight prime-time viewership in the prized 25-to-54 age demographic, CNN sent out a spokeswoman to separate itself from the competition. CNN should be viewed as “the one nonpartisan cable news network,” presumably ...

Bill Maher and perpetual adolescence

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Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” show to promote his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming of Age Crisis — And How To Build a Culture of Self Reliance.” Surely Sasse didn’t expect this routine publicity spot for his book to ...