Opinion

How many is this now?

Columnists

I’ve lost track of the number of prominent men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment in the weeks since The New York Times outed movie producer Harvey Weinstein as an alleged serial offender. Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are among the dozens of women he reportedly ...

His Majesty Anthony Kennedy

Columnists

Whenever I write about American democracy, I inevitably get angry letters from people who yell at me that we are a republic, not a democracy. Yes, this is true, but a republic can take numerous forms and the simplest definition of a republic is that it is not a monarchy. A republic is any ...

Rental properties? Baby Step 6

Columnists

Dear Dave, I have a rental property that I still owe some money on, and I’ve just begun Baby Step 2 of your plan. Should rental property debt be included in the debt snowball? — Matt Dear Matt, No, it shouldn’t. Baby Step 2 of my plan is where you use the debt snowball to pay off ...

Harvest is a time for caution

Our View

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Accidents involving farm vehicles and cars and trucks are one of the reasons the death toll is so high. At all ...

It’s Trump’s Party Now

Columnists

“More is now required of us than to put down our thoughts in writing,” declaimed Jeff Flake in his oration against President Trump, just before he announced he will be quitting the Senate. Though he had lifted the title of his August anti-Trump polemic, “Conscience of a Conservative,” ...

An American President and the World

Columnists

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...

You can’t judge a beer by its bottle

Columnists

Ilearned that in 2011 a most remarkable social experiment was conducted not by MDs or Ph.Ds, psychologists, anthropologist or psychiatrist … but by marketing people … ad-men. You know, the people who make us want all the stuff we really don't want but make us think we want it long enough to ...

Trick-or-treat rubric wildly unpopular

Columnists

When I was growing up Halloween was always a time of good-natured pranks and vandalism. I knew my fellow students enjoyed practicing outdoor culinary breakfast marksmanship, meaning throwing eggs at things. I didn’t understand these hijinx but wanted to fit in with the “cool” crowd. ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Columnists

Pumpkin delights Pumpkins aren’t just for carving. Today I have some pumpkin recipes worth trying. The cookie recipe calls for fresh cooked pumpkin for those readers who are pumpkin growers. Pumpkin Pancakes 2 c. flour 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 ...

Saving for the winter ahead

Columnists

Dear Readers: The change in seasons is the perfect time to consider your home and look for ways to SAVE MONEY ON YOUR ENERGY BILLS. Here are some hints to help: * Inspections are critical. The heating and cooling systems and filters should be looked at by your heating and ...

A taxing situation

Columnists

Federal income tax was first introduced under the Revenue Act of 1861 to help defray war costs. Congress repealed the tax in 1871 when the need for government revenue declined, only to restore it in 1894 as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act. The public policy debate surrounding the ...

Lack of communication from the city

Your View

I have enjoyed the recent series of interviews with candidates for mayor and city council. While I found points of agreement and disagreement with each candidate, my comment is regarding the need for improved communication between the current and future elected officials, and citizens in ...

Have a Halloween that’s fun and safe

Our View

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It’s primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make-believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

Media Skip Inconvenient Russia Truths

Columnists

CNN is airing a bizarre new advertisement with the motto “Facts First,” which insists that the network calls an apple an apple, even if critics of its “news” reporting argue it’s a banana. You see, CNN is interested in objective truth, not opinions. This would be like McDonald’s ...

A mother’s love

Your View

Part of restoring myself to better health is doing cardio exercise at the local hospital. That room is situated on the top floor, facing north. From that vantage one can see all entrances into the parking lot. Today, as I was watching, there is a set of steps leading west, from the hospital ...

Future Files

Columnists

Oil and fuel prices surge Oil prices gushed to a seven-month high on Friday as the market absorbed a tighter supply outlook. Saudi leaders have indicated that OPEC and other nations will continue curtailing petroleum production, which should keep a lid on global supplies and keep prices ...

Aging parents can be reluctant to ask for help around home

Columnists

Q: My wife and I are more than willing to take care of my aging father, but he’s always been a proud man, and we don’t want to crush his spirit. How do we protect him against the feeling that he’s becoming useless? Jim: According to researchers, most older people measure their ...

Time for a change

Your View

The election for the at-large city council positions in Marshalltown gives the voters an abundance of choices. Careful consideration needs to be given by each voter before a final selection of two people is made. The incumbents have listed their contributions over the last years, and each can ...

The Delusional Optimism of Both Sides

Columnists

This week, President Trump went to battle with Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson. Johnson’s husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in Niger earlier this month. Trump called his widow to offer his condolences. But Myeshia Johnson apparently interpreted that call as a callously indifferent ...

Debate?

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I sat in attendance at the debate of the council at -arge candidates for a little while until I couldn’t take it anymore. The first thought that came to mind was the fiasco that was the presidential debate. The questions for the most part were irreverent to the position or situation. I would ...