Opinion

More than souls vs. fossil fuels. It’s money vs. money

Columnists

There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and ...

Property owner, not us, needs to pay for cleanup

Your View

In reference to the cleanup of the Villager apartment site, I’m in total agreement with councilor Lamer. Considering the fire took place over three months ago, it would seem that this is an ample time frame for demolition bids to be obtained and the needed work to be completed. I’m ...

Are sanctuary cities nothing more than hideouts?

Columnists

In biblical times, a sanctuary city was a place where someone who had committed unintentional manslaughter could find refuge from “the avenger of blood.” If the offender left the sanctuary city, he could be set upon by a relative of the dead person and killed. No sanctuary was available to ...

Closing charges up readers

Columnists

Dear Readers: The letter about department stores CLOSING CUSTOMERS’ CHARGE ACCOUNTS for inactivity hit a nerve. Here are just a few of the many reader responses: Erin and Rebecca said, “If you keep your balance at zero, the store is not collecting interest or finance charges.” ...

Say cheese!

Your View

I want to let the persons that broke into several rental sheds on West High Street that you took a better picture than my driver’s license picture. Guess what? Read the T-R. Businesses are getting smarter. It’s called security cameras. “Say cheese!” Cameras were directly on your faces. ...

Farmers markets are good for America

Our View

Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture took note of that development be proclaiming this week National Farmers Market Week. In his proclamation, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took note of the ...

Google’s Leftist Goggles Leave Googlers Agog

Columnists

So, Google is a leftist company. That’s no surprise. All you’d have to do to verify that fact is watch the rotating Google doodles throughout the year. They frequently feature social justice warriors, leftist causes celebres and random slaps at religion. Or you could check its search ...

Immigrants a Convenient Scapegoat

Columnists

The administration rolled out its new immigration policy at the White House Wednesday during a week when nothing has gone well for the president. President Donald Trump has failed at health care reform. His poll numbers have slipped to 33 percent approval in a new Quinnipiac poll and 36 percent ...

Trump’s generals add stability to administration

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With President Trump on a “working vacation” at his New Jersey golf club and with Congress on its summer recess, there’s hope for at least modest relief from the political chaos that has dominated his first six months in office. Some legislators continue to consider resurrecting the ...

Preparing for preschool

Columnists

Whether we like it or not, summer is about over. The backpacks are nearly ready, teachers are heading back to their classrooms and summer vacations are ending. If you have a preschool-aged child, I can almost guess that the questions are pouring in, while you fight back the tears. Here are some ...

How Did the Dems’ IT Scandal Suspects Get Here?

Columnists

Here is a radical proposition: The public has a right to know the immigration status and history of foreign criminal suspects. Their entrance and employment sponsorship records should not be treated like classified government secrets — especially if the public’s tax dollars subsidized their ...

Jim Acosta Can’t Handle the Facts

Columnists

CNN reporter Jim Acosta pitched another fit in the White House briefing room on Aug. 2, asserting that President Trump’s immigration policy was refuted by a poem engraved on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty. Trump aide Stephen Miller fought him tooth and nail, slamming him for a ...

Single-Payer Kills Innovation — and People

Columnists

The death of little Charlie Gard in England’s single-payer health care system should be a lesson to the millions of people advocating for such a system here in the United States. So many aspects of that case horrified me. It wasn’t that the government said that it could no longer justify ...

A film worth watching

Columnists

Now and then a movie comes along that does not rely on gruesome torture, murders, shoot-outs, car chases, CGI special effects or Hollywood’s hottest to attract, and keep an audience engaged. “Nebraska,” is one. My better half and I watched it not long ago. A comedy-drama, it was ...

Is Trump’s Russia Policy Being Hijacked?

Columnists

In crafting the platform in Cleveland on which Donald Trump would run, America Firsters inflicted a major defeat on the War Party. The platform committee rejected a plank to pull us deeper into Ukraine, by successfully opposing new U.S. arms transfers to Kiev. Improved relations with ...

Americans microchipped in the land of the free

Columnists

Just a short time ago, some of us born in the land of the free and the home of the brave were horrified by a sci-fi nightmare that we were told would never, ever happen: That someday, Americans would eagerly allow their wise corporate masters — and eventually their government overlords — ...

Authentic Republican Wisdom

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American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request of the ...

First, get a real job

Columnists

Dear Dave, I currently have student loans in deferment from earning a degree in hospitality management. My career goal is to own a mobile food vending company, so I’m putting most of the money I make from eBay and ride-hailing services — around $1,000 a month — aside in savings for ...

Coming together

Columnists

Flying into St. Petersburg last Friday night, I wasn’t sure as to what to expect. I was in Florida to attend my sister’s wedding and the first order of business was to meet my soon-to-be brother-in-law’s family at the rehearsal dinner. As the last one to arrive, I was already behind in ...