Opinion

Cleaning combo stymies stain

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Dear Heloise: I had a STAIN on my kitchen countertop — pink rings from diet soda and a raspberry lemonade mix. I tried scouring with baking soda — it didn’t work. Then I applied more baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar. BINGO! Came right off! I just wanted to pass this along ...

What the Freedom Caucus stands for

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WASHINGTON — With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing ...

Trump changes image but not reality

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WASHINGTON — In Donald Trump’s continuing attempt to look more presidential, his assertions of military and staff control may be having limited success. But his long record of impulsive and impetuous behavior based on impressions rather than established fact beclouds the effort. His swift ...

The insanity of the left’s child gender-confusion agenda

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On Sunday, The New York Times ran a piece by Jack Turban, a research fellow at the Yale School of Medicine. Turban says that doctors should begin applying puberty blockers to children who identify as transgender as early as possible. That’s because, according to him, “it has become clear ...

Connecting with ex on Facebook not a good idea

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Q: Is it OK to connect with former lovers on Facebook? While browsing online, I ran across an old boyfriend from my college days. We haven’t communicated for years, and I’m curious to know what he’s been up to. I love my husband and our relationship is strong, so I don’t see this as a ...

‘Complicit’ First Daughters and double standards

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The late-night comics turned their liberal rage on Ivanka Trump after she granted an interview on April 5 to “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. It was an interesting choice for a television interview considering King would clearly be hostile. She partied with Oprah and the Obamas in ...

More freedom — good for blacks, bad for black politicians

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When President Trump recently met with the Congressional Black Caucus leadership, they presented him with their new report, “We Have A Lot To Lose.” It’s their assessment on fixing the problems in black America. The title plays off of Trump’s message when he was seeking black support ...

Executing the guilty and innocent in Arkansas

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Nearly three dozen men sit on death row in Arkansas, where capital punishment has been suspended since 2005. Unless clemency is granted, seven of them, an eighth man was granted a temporary reprieve, will be given lethal injections all within a 10-day period, between April 17 and 27. Why so ...

Celebrating a 65-year career with Marshalltown Schools

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I first met Marilyn Rhodes nearly 10 years ago. I was working as a reporter with the Times-Republican and worked with Marilyn, the executive assistant to the superintendent of Marshalltown Schools, quite often. Most Fridays before school board meetings, Marilyn would offer any help I ...

Missing ring yields compassion and care

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Last Saturday my wedding ring somehow slipped off my finger. I was devastated as it was a symbol of my marriage to my husband who had passed away four years ago. I had been shopping in the Center Street Dollar General Store earlier that morning before I missed it, so I retraced my steps ...

Mistrust of Trump threatens political corrosion and rule of law

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Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign and unexpected victory have produced a culture of mistrust permeating our politics and threatening to undermine the rule of law. That’s not healthy, whatever you think of Trump or his political opponents. The partisan mistrust is evident in Senate ...

Really, O’Reilly

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It’s hard to give the complete list of companies pulling their ads right now from Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News Channel, because the number keeps growing. Chances are that in the time it took me to write the previous sentence, another corporate sponsor decided to suspend advertising. ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned … I stink; therefore I am … a hunka, hunka of burning love. Studies show that a woman’s sense of smell is superior to that of a man. Conversely, a man is superior to a woman at producing odor. I learned the convergence of these two facts plays a large role in the initial ...

Sessions, Pepsi choose to be blind

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Yes, that Pepsi ad was an insult. But if you think it was the worst insult Black Lives Matter suffered last week, then you weren’t paying attention. Not that the ad wasn’t revolting. Imagine that, three years after the police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, ignited ...

Why Is Kim Jong Un Our Problem?

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“If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” So President Donald Trump warns, amid reports North Korea, in its zeal to build an intercontinental ballistic missile to hit our West Coast, may test another atom bomb. China shares a border with North Korea. We do not. Why then is ...

Media Bias 101

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After the November election last year, a friend of mine asked how many reporters know people with a pick up truck. It seemed a reasonable question. The pick up truck makes up the top three most popular vehicles in the United States. How many truck owners do political reporters know? You would ...

Roth over pension

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Dear Dave, My wife and I are both 25 years old, and we’re working on Baby Steps 4, 5 and 6. I have a 401(k) through my employer, and she has a pension. Currently, we’re falling short of the 15 percent of income you advise putting toward retirement. Should we get IRAs, or start stocking ...

Now, do you favor a voter ID?

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An Iowa Poll is frequently quoted as showing Iowa voters support voter IDs. I wonder what the question to those voters was. If the question had been worded do you favor implementing a voter ID law knowing it will cost taxpayers $340,000 for the Secretary of State to issue voter ID cards to ...

In the Legislature

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This week had a lot of floor debate due to the second funnel concluding last week. We have been working on bills coming over from the House and discussing the budget for the next fiscal year. Here’s our week: On Monday, we passed HF 52, HF 133, HF 183, HF 202, HF 307, HF 467, HF 475, HF ...

Stupid gun laws

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Sixty four years ago my 15-year-old brother went hunting. He came home in a casket. This had a devastating effect on our family and his family of friends at Marshalltown High School. Every Nov. 15, is a sad day for me. Has it been difficult for teens in Iowa to not have handguns available to ...