Opinion

Liberals Find Community, and That Could Be Big

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During the presidential campaign, many Hillary Clinton voters in Atlanta’s suburbs thought they were alone. That was an easy conclusion to draw because few felt comfortable putting Clinton signs on their front lawns or expressing their political preference at parties. Their neighbors seemed ...

News from Des Moines

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Monday morning many of us legislators visited Kemin Industries, a worldwide food ingredients manufacturer that is headquartered just a short distance from the capitol building. They employ 2,500 worldwide including 700 in Iowa. Kemin Industries is a remarkable company in that they are near ...

Strawberries on a roll

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Dear Heloise: Now that we’re getting close to STRAWBERRY SEASON, I have a recipe that I use whenever I have company, and everyone loves it. My husband and I were introduced to it while we were traveling through France a few years ago, and every time I use this recipe, I’m reminded of that ...

Healthcare woes reach Iowa

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Huge changes in our nation’s health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal ...

Our national scourge of misinformation

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WASHINGTON — Impulse control is unfashionable as well as unpresidential, but perhaps you should resist the urge to trip people who stride briskly down the sidewalk fixated on their phone screens, absorbed in texting and feeling entitled to expect others to make way. New technologies are ...

Republicans don’t care about health care

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Republicans are floating the latest idea to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare, a “compromise” bill to satisfy those who want to spend nothing and those who want to help a little. Eliza Collins in USA Today wrote, “The plan would be to give states the option to waive certain insurance ...

Nuclear option reveals new depth of political rancor

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is poised to enable a simple majority of senators to confirm federal judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado as a Supreme Court justice, something he can do by killing off the long-standing tradition of the Senate filibuster. McConnell reportedly ...

Just 25 ways

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Each April we guide our efforts toward Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness. The iconic blue pinwheel and blue ribbon, both serve as symbols for justice for children nationwide. While parenting is never an easy job, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa publishes 25 Ways to be a Loving Parent: • Help ...

Susan Rice is still lying

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Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported on April 3 that President Trump’s lawyers discovered it was former President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice who allegedly “requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the ...

Retreat, Hell! Trump just got here!

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After less then 75 days in office, the mainstream media is already writing obituaries for the Trump administration. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry from the absurdity of it all. Even Juan Williams of Fox News writes. “But it is no liberal fantasy to say the odds of a Trump ...

A Hole in the Constitution

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The issue of federal government surveillance of Americans has largely occupied Washington politicians and the media since President Donald Trump first accused the administration of his predecessor of spying on him while he and his colleagues worked at Trump Tower in New York City during the ...

The contribution of athletics to a college experience

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Providing a positive college experience for students is one of the central goals for anyone who works in higher education, and collegiate athletics is no different. There is a large misconception in that student-athletes attend college only to play their sport. This fallacy is untrue in many ...

Distinctly different and proud of it!

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As we embarked upon developing our “brand” for the Marshalltown Regional Partnership last year we found ourselves talking about a number of things that make Marshalltown a special place. And in our discussions we realized that what makes Marshalltown special are our differences with other ...

Doesn’t anybody know how to play this game?

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“Dare I suggest,” writes the economist and blogger Tyler Cowen, “that the quality of governance in this country has taken a downward turn of late?” Or as Casey Stengel, while managing the New York Mets on their way to a 40-120 season in 1962, reportedly asked, “Can’t anybody here ...

Gorsuch and the ghost of Harry Reid

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What goes around comes around is one of life’s undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it’s Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now decide whether to use the “nuclear option,” a parliamentary ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned the belly button is an interesting place. But we all knew this. Many of us spend a great deal of time craning our neck exploring its wonders. In 2011, researchers at North Carolina State University asked 66 visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science to provide swabs of ...

News from Des Moines

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Last week was the second funnel week where individually filed policy bills have to be passed over to the other chamber to stay eligible. We continued to debate bills received from the Senate as well as pass House bills over to the Senate. We passed House File 603, a bill to protect private ...

Go Therefore

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As the Northern Hemisphere begins its slow tilt toward the sun, American Protestants will start giving their churches money to send their children away. These spring break and summer excursions will most often be to tropical places or a few remaining snowy places for skiing. The teenagers ...

Dear Bill O’Reilly:

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Let’s talk insults. Me, I like a good put-down as much as the next pundit. Judiciously employed, it can be an effective rhetorical tool, the equivalent of a slam dunk over the defense. You don’t just score, but you also demoralize and embarrass the other team. Similarly, to drop an ...

Do the manly thing

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Dear Dave, My wife and I argue a lot about finances. We’re trying to get more control over our money, and she has been listening to you. That’s helped a lot. She’s also a lot more frugal than I am, and our biggest point of contention right now is how we handle our spending money. ...