Opinion

To Be a Great President, You First Have to Like Politics

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On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman — each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually ...

Random thoughts

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Seven out of every 10 students in this year’s Marshalltown school district’s Kindergartner class “are classified and identified themselves as an ethnic minority.” That was just one revelation imparted last month during a panel discussion about the changing face of Iowa during an event ...

If I could turn back the hands of time

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I learned that in 1784 France, an essay was published in the "Journal de Paris" entitled "An Economical Project". The writer, an old man, an American living and working in Paris, advocated for an idea he proposed would save Parisians a great deal of money. At that time the bourgeoisie of Paris ...

The leaves of wrath

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Last weekend I had the unfortunate task of raking, an annoying activity the point of which I still don’t understand. It’s nature’s work, just let it be. We don’t prevent leaves from blooming in the spring by choking trees, so why collect and remove what is clearly nature’s plan? ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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It’s not too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner, so following are some stuffing recipes. Wild Rice Stuffing 1 (6 oz.) pkg. long grain and wild rice mix 1/4 c. butter 1 c. chopped onion 1 c. chopped celery 1 lb. sausage (mild or hot), cooked and crumbled 1 (6 oz.) ...

Thank you candidates, city staff

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I’ve been very happy with the interest and engagement by the community surrounding the upcoming city elections. Thank you to all the candidates for running and sharing your ideas. I would like the address the view shared by some that the current city council and staff are inaccessible to ...

Be careful who you vote for

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You must realize that numerous elected officials need to be voted out of office. Meaning — all the council members that vote to spend money that benefits only special interest groups and pet programs rather than the majority of taxpayers. Marshalltown is currently $58 million in debt. ...

Donating the gift of life

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND ON is about organ donation. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: My 17-year-old son received a new kidney after the tragic death of a young woman in an auto accident, and he is now doing fine. He had kidney problems almost from birth, and the doctors said I’d lose ...

Vote for Eaton

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If you want a council person that will look at things with a fresh perspective Mark Eaton is the one to vote for. He fully supports the mayor, council, city administrator form of government that is in place and wants to see it continue. Having a full-time administrator is a necessity in the ...

The Swamp Is D.C.

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Get ready for a word problem. Paul Manafort was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman. He allegedly had deep, long-lasting, corrupt ties to Russia for which he will likely go to prison if convicted — he’s just been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. According to the ...

Future Files

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Bitcoin futures on the way The Chicago Mercantile Exchange made a surprise announcement this week that it would begin listing a contract on bitcoin futures, giving more credibility to the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin, which is not controlled by any singular government, has seen increasing interest ...

Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers measured judgment of the past

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Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list. There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages. Arriving at a moment ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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(Thank you to the Times-Republican, Rev. Rich King and Bill Zurcher for putting together, and to all you who attended, the ecumenical gathering of the Ask Augustine seminar at Marshalltown’s Presbyterian Church on Sept. 26.) In the Oct. 17 issues of Wired and Epic magazines, Alex Mar wrote ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

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In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime business partner, ...

The Fusion of Reporting and ‘Oppo’

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On Oct. 24, the Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. The firm then retained former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who ...

AEA leadership series designed to inspire area educators

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Central Rivers Area Education Agency is on a mission to help Iowa educators be inspired leaders of the most innovative schools in the nation. Leadership is defined as the ability to motivate a group of individuals to work towards a common goal. An inspired leader goes a step further to ...

Volunteers keep city parks clean again

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“People are attracted to a city that has parks that are neat and clean,” remarked a Marshalltown citizen recently. Once again, community volunteers have worked to keep the city parks looking attractive. By participating in the “Adopt a Park Program” they not only picked up litter once a ...

Yes, It’s Bad Out There, but You’re Not Alone

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The young cashier smiled as she requested my driver’s license to prove I was old enough to buy cabernet in Columbus, Ohio. I complied and thanked her for making my day. Something shoved against me, hard, and I teetered. I looked down at the grocery cart pressed against my hip and then at the ...

Vote for Greer, Wirin and Martin

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The election for mayor and city council is next Tuesday, Nov. 7. I would encourage all Marshalltown citizens to exercise their right to vote in this important election. I would like to thank all of the candidates who have taken the time to offer the voters a choice. Marshalltown is fortunate in ...

Both Parties Trying Even Harder to Defeat Themselves

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Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible — and more assiduously reported by mainstream media — among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have been ...