Opinion

Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis

Todays News

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 - seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA's inspector general said ...

US confirms 11th death due to Takata air bags

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DETROIT - A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of Takata Corp.'s defective air bag inflators.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed the woman's death on Thursday but didn't release her name. Up to five people also ...

Turkey escalates fight against Kurdish fighters in Syria

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BEIRUT - Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies.Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said as many as ...

Daughter’s snide behavior has mom and dad worried

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Q: Our daughter is married to a good, kind, giving man. We love them both very much, but most of the time my daughter is disrespectful and mean to her husband. He's passive and just takes it from her. This upsets our entire family and I'm inclined to speak with my daughter about it. Do you ...

The media-Clinton collusion exposed

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We once scoffed at the suggestion there was some form of a liberal media conspiracy against conservatives. Do liberals meet for breakfast and plan attacks on their ideological foes? Of course not, we'd answer. It's not a conspiracy. It's a mindset wherein what is liberal is good, and what is ...

The Bernie Sanders effect

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Many millennials are OK with socialism, even communism, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.Forty-five percent of those polled between the ages of 16 and 20 years old said they would vote for a socialist, while 20 percent said they could vote ...

Support Grassley

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As a lawyer and past president of the Iowa State Bar Association (2011-12), I write in support of our U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Grassley is right when he defends the power of the Senate to perform its separate constitutional responsibility ...

Re-elect Sodders to the Iowa Senate

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I'm an Iowa mom from Dallas Center. I want to thank your community for sending Steve Sodders to the Iowa Senate. Thanks to him, my four-year-old son Abe's life has greatly improved.Abe was born with a rare genetic mutation. He suffers from epileptic seizures, autism and other health problems. ...

I have a great job

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I am going to make a bold statement by saying that I just might have the best job in Marshall County. Despite long hours and sometimes stressful decisions, I often have to pinch myself because I can't believe how lucky I am that I get to work with college students every day!Our hallways and ...

Which party will hold the Senate and House?

Columnists

Which party is going to control the House and hold a majority in the Senate in January 2017? Even if you regard the presidential contest as over - a proposition for which there is powerful evidence, including Donald Trump's current campaign message choices - the answers to those questions are, ...

After Trump video: ‘This has become so personal for me’

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Twenty-year-old Hana Barkowitz had never before had this reaction to a stranger's T-shirt."I really wanted to say something," she told me Wednesday. "This has become so personal for me."Since the Trump video, she means.The Washington Post released a 2005 video capturing Donald Trump admitting ...

Hoffman: Vision, integrity and experience

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As the current Marshall County Attorney and former president of the Iowa County Attorneys Association, I have had the honor of working with some of the most professional men and women in law enforcement across this state. Steve Hoffman stands out as one of the most hardworking, professional and ...

Conference was a success

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The Marshall County Retired School Personnel recently held a very successful convention and state meeting in Marshalltown, thanks to the help and support of our members and the following individuals, organizations and businesses: Taco John's, Subway, Culver's, The Perfect Setting, Lowe's ...

Depressing politics

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I would like to know how Gov. Branstad would feel if they bull-dozed through a cemetery where his loved ones were buried. The Indians should be arresting the people protecting the pipeline, because THEY are the ones trespassing (by treaty - look it up!). Just another treaty broken. By the way, ...

America, the most civilized of nations?

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Meantime, back at Guantanamo...Chances are you haven't thought of that American gulag - or, for that matter, of "extraordinary renditions," CIA black sites and torture - for a long time.Not everyone has the luxury of forgetting. In the last few days, some compelling reportage has reminded us of ...

Lessons For My Children

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For the first time, my wife and I have had to consider what might happen if we both died and left our children behind. These are not the thoughts any parent likes to think about... but here we find ourselves.Starting in January, I found myself out of breath more and more. I chalked it up as ...

Trump guy-talk controversy a distraction from what matters

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If you're among the more than 100 million people on this planet who purchased and was titillated by "Fifty Shades of Grey," the best-selling novel about a sadomasochistic sexual relationship between a wealthy young businessman and a college senior, then the second U.S. presidential debate was ...

Mother is 95 years old; where should retirement go?

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Dear Dave,My mom is 95 years old, and she's in amazing health. Financially speaking, she has about $150,000 in Certificates of Deposit, money market accounts, and savings bonds. Is there a better place she can invest her money?- AnonymousDear Anonymous,Certainly there are other investment ...

Anti-Catholics & Elitist Bigots

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Will Hillary Clinton clean out the nest of anti-Catholic bigots in her inner circle? Or is anti-Catholicism acceptable in her crowd?In a 2011 email on which Clinton campaign chief John Podesta was copied, John Halpin, a fellow at the Center for American Progress that Podesta founded, trashed ...