Opinion

Au Revoir, Paris

Columnists

President Trump has decided to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Given the hysteria over his decision, you would think he just launched a nuclear war. Instead, he exposed how so much of the left’s agenda is meaningless virtue signaling. The Paris Accord is a voluntary ...

Buy leased building?

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Dear Dave, I’ve operated my own small business for a couple of years. In that time, I’ve been leasing the building that houses my company. How do you know when the time is right to buy a place and stop leasing? — James Dear James, I’m a big fan of leasing the first few years ...

Is Afghanistan a Lost Cause?

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“We are there and we are committed” was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam. Whatever you may think of our decision to go in, Rusk was saying, if we walk away, the United States loses the first war in its history, with all that means for Southeast ...

Two Polar Opposite Examples

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For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and had 3,630 career ...

Stop Serial Rapists by Promptly Testing Evidence

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He was convicted of sodomizing an 8-year-old girl in 1984 and served four years in prison. He has now pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl in 2016. For some reason, the prosecutor agreed to plea-bargain with William Dixon this time around, agreeing he would go back to prison for only ...

Refreshing recipes using diet soda

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Diet soda isn’t just for drinking. The 2 ingredient Cake recipe is an oldie but a goodie. Diet Coke Sloppy Joes 1 lb. extra lean ground beef 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1-1/2 Tbsp. flour 1 c. diet cola 2/3 c. ketchup 1 Tbsp. vinegar 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. dry ...

The tiniest and cutest hostage-taker

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To get a three-year-old in bed for the night, it’s advised you begin 30 minutes after they wake up in the morning. Any longer and you probably shouldn’t even bother. I often feel like those poor Stormtroopers in “Star Wars” that were searching for R2D2 and C3PO, the ones on which ...

So you want to operate a phone scam

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Working is just the worst, right? Every day you wake up, shuffle yourself out the door, and spend the next 8 or more hours doing something that isn’t watching “House of Cards” all day long. And if that wasn’t enough of a tragedy, we’re all expected to play out this wretched tableau ...

Iowans should be wary of AHCA

Another View

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill recently passed by the U.S. House, is a storm rolling in from Washington, DC. Obscured by foggy notions of improved fiscal flexibility for states and broader insurance choices for individuals, the AHCA will in fact hamstring state budgets and wipe ...

Weather worries farmers

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This spring was one of the wettest on record, drenching Midwestern fields and slowing down spring planting. At this point, corn and soybean planting is still nearing complete, but is a bit behind schedule. Even as the final acres are planted, some producers are worried about the condition of ...

‘Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way’

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The new police body and vehicle cameras are a great idea and I fully support them. My issue is simply that with today’s technological advances, storage of records should NOT be an issue nor a reason to turn these cameras off at any time. Maybe our consultant or our police chief is the ...

Hysteria over Paris pullout

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For sheer hilarity and hyperbole it’s hard to beat a recent headline on a Washington Post editorial opposing President Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the nonbinding and unenforceable Paris climate agreement. “Trump turns his back on the world,” it screamed. A close second ...

Can Americans be happy again?

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America is not a very happy place, and it is getting less so. Our downward trend in happiness precedes the election of Donald Trump, but sadly, there’s little in his agenda that would reverse this trend. On the contrary. That’s because a boost in economic growth, though nice, wouldn’t ...

Like a rhinestone cleaner

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Dear Heloise: My concern is cleaning my mother’s RHINESTONE JEWELRY. I would like to wear it to my granddaughter’s wedding in a month. — Marnie W. in The Villages, Fla. Hello to my friends in The Villages! Lovely costume jewelry from bygone days often was made from rhinestones — ...

Buckley captained conservatism before it was hijacked

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WASHINGTON — In 1950, the year before William F. Buckley burst into the national conversation, the literary critic Lionel Trilling revealed why the nation was ripe for Buckley’s high-spirited romp through its political and cultural controversies. Liberalism, Trilling declared, was “not ...

Trump and the erosion of American journalism

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s war on American journalism — labeling the bulk of it “fake news” as a cloak over his own serial lying and misrepresentations — has created a genuine crisis of credibility in the news business. Yet the best and most honest of its practitioners ...

How America lost its head

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In 2013, the left went nuts over a rodeo clown. The rodeo clown was performing at the Missouri State Fair, and he had the awful temerity to wear a mask of then-President Obama. “We’re going to stomp Obama now,” said an announcer. “Hey, I know I’m a clown,” the rodeo clown replied. ...

Must Love Pets

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We just came back from a long three-day weekend, to some very happy and enthusiastic pets. With their tails wagging and a different kind of bark (a very high pitched one), our dogs greeted with so much love and excitement, one could hardly stand it. In looking back, it’s like this every day ...

Cowboy event a great success

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The “Cowboys In The Sky” Sid Roseland Memorial Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling event was held on May 20-21 at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds. Our event brought cowboys to Marshalltown from Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and from many towns in Iowa. ...

What if the collusion probe finds nothing?

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President Trump is back from his first foreign trip, and CBS “welcomed” him back by suggesting again that he can’t possibly win a long fight with the media. On May 28, CBS reporter Errol Barnett quizzed “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, saying: “Trump is back to tweeting his ...