Opinion

Learning to come closer to the truth

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II learned it was 1970 when the Johnny Cash song "What is Truth" reached the No. 3 spot on the Billboard charts. It came over the radio at a time when America's collective consciousness was fragmented, almost schizophrenic. Then, as today, we were fighting a war among ourselves for the ...

Please don’t tread on me!

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Congratulations! You purchased the Incline-O-Matic Fat-Busting X4000 treadmill! Very soon you’ll be ready to burn thousands of calories, getting people to stop you on the street to say, “Girl! You so foxy!” Even if you’re a dude. Follow these simple instructions and you’ll be ...

‘Dunkirk’ Is a Morality Story for Shared Blessings of Peace

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he movie “Dunkirk” recounts an astounding story of courage and self-sacrifice, without which Hitler might have won World War II. One can draw a straight line from Britain’s heroic solidarity in the war to the welfare state that emerged in peacetime. Set in 1940, the movie features two ...

Another general called to Trump’s rescue

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­­ Donald Trump, a bully who admires strong-willed military men, got fed up with his ineffective White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus. So he chose former four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly — already a member of the Cabinet as secretary of homeland security — to replace him. A few ...

A promise never fulfilled

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How soon we forget! I am writing this letter in regard to a recent item about the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo. A corporation purchased the museum and is reportedly contemplating changing its name without any consideration to what the memorial represents. That reminds ...

Work on Health Care Must Go On

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NBC’s Chuck Todd started his “Meet the Press” interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price with an important question. Shouldn’t we accept, Todd suggested, that it’s “not Obamacare anymore, it’s our national health care system. ...(Do) you accept that the ...

A ‘Ms.’-stake?

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the use of “Ms.” in place of “Miss” or “Mrs.”: “Dear Heloise: One thing that irks me is that so many pieces of mail are addressed to ‘Ms.’ instead of ‘Mrs.’ They don’t know me. I could be ‘Miss,’ ‘Mrs.’ or ...

‘Manliness’ means making sacrifices for your family

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Q: I’m a newlywed soon-to-be dad. I never knew my own father, so when I think about teaching my son to be “manly,” I’m intimidated. What does “manliness” really look like? Jim: I think a common misperception is that “manliness” equates to brute power and strength. But when it ...

Disappointing results

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I’m very disappointed the voters in Marshalltown were fooled by the promise of “property tax relief.” I foresee said savings being negated when our wonderful city council decides to find another way to tax citizens for capital improvements, which are no longer promised. I hope those who ...

What if Some Spies Are Bad Guys?

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What if the federal government captures in real time the contents of every telephone call, email and text message and all the fiber-optic data generated by every person and entity in the United States 24/7/365? What if this mass surveillance was never authorized by any federal law? What if ...

A lively place

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The 17th Annual Grimes Farm Run … A Walk in the Park was held on the usual second Saturday in July. It was a beautiful morning enjoyed by many families and competitive runners as well. Proceeds of the race will go toward the Leonard Grimes Memorial Amphitheater to begin construction later ...

Missing Case for Republican Health Care

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At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

Democrats and Trump: Both Behaving Irrationally

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What is it about Russia — some vestige of all those Cold War spy films, perhaps — that makes so many people, on all political sides, behave so irrationally when it’s mentioned? Consider the behavior of the Democrats, who are seeking to prove that Donald Trump and/or his campaign ...

A Jamboree of Teachable Moments

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Every time I share my concerns about Donald Trump’s impact on America’s children, a certain percentage of readers assure me that no child is paying attention to what our president says. I hope we can now all agree to put that magical thinking to rest in the wake of Trump’s spectacle of ...

Creeping Totalitarianism

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­­ Polling from YouGov this week shows 45 percent of Republicans support letting courts shut down “news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate.” Only 18 percent of Democrats favor this. Worse, only 33 percent of Republicans recognize that ...

Vote NO on Aug. 1

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On Thursday evening I attended the final “Budgeting 101” public information forum at the library. I learned about the structure of the city budget, but when it came to justifying the change in the local option sales tax, the city administrator and the finance director did a very ...

The president is not the enemy

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The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

Vote no on LOST changes

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In 2000, citizens of Marshalltown voted for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), allocating 20 percent toward street improvements, storm and sanitary sewer updates. If these dollars are redirected to the general fund for use at the discretion of the council, what will happen to our street ...

A bad method at this stage

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Dear Dave, I want to build an 18-unit apartment complex, but I don’t have enough cash to do it on my own. My net worth is around $400,000, and I have $100,000 I can put toward this project. It is estimated to cost $1.2 million. Would lining up investors, who will take a percentage of the ...