Opinion

This Dark Legacy of Harvey Weinstein Is Far From Over

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Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection. We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, demeaned and sexually ...

Today’s Turn-of-the-Century Problems

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Is America in a new Gilded Age? That’s the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call “turn-of-the-century” America, the 1890s to ...

Let Them Leave

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The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England. So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing? Recently, people in Catalonia voted to break away from Spain — not to declare war on Spain or refuse to trade with Spain, just to control their own ...

Democrats need to move left

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I’ve been struggling with this question for a month. It’s been that long since a Democratic state legislator rose during the Q&A after a speech and asked me a deceptively simple thing: What should Democrats do now? What should their message be? I had no idea how to answer that, nor ...

A Cultural Cold War Gets Warmer

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This past week, in an update to its style guide, the Associated Press decided to declare the transgender debate settled, despite a growing body of scientific research showing it really is a mental issue. The AP will now reject such phrases as “gender transitioning” and go with “gender ...

An Important New Step for Religious Freedom

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Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, ...

Vacation home for rent?

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Dear Dave, What is your opinion of buying a vacation home, then renting it out when you’re not there? — J.P. Dear J.P., I see nothing wrong with it, as long as you’re buying with cash and you’re also debt-free. A vacation home is a wonderful “extra” as you start building ...

Is Trump the Heir to Reagan?

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Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. Among his first questions to President Reagan was to ask him to assess the political importance of Barry Goldwater. Said Reagan, “I guess you could call him the John ...

Who Will Not Be the 2020 Presidential Nominee

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In 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation’s next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify — and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify — as plausible White House ...

Our Broken Moral Compasses

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As George Orwell said, ‘’some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.’’ Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn’t infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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The first two recipes are fairly easy so that will give you time to make the Pumpkin Torte. Fried Apples 1/4 c. butter 6 tart apples - sliced 1 tsp. lemon juice 1/4 c. brown sugar 1/8 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 dash nutmeg In a large skillet, melt butter. Place apples ...

Random Thoughts

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The Gallery Garden is a great addition to downtown Marshalltown and highlights the revitalization of an area along East Main Street. The recent unveiling of the garden showcases a transformation of what was once “a pile of rubble after an arsonist-induced fire collapsed a three-story ...

In my unprofessional opinion

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Ilearned that in 1964 an addition was made to the text of the American Psychiatric Association's Principles of Medical Ethics … section 7 … known as the Goldwater rule. This rule was instituted after “Fact” magazine asked psychiatrists to determine whether presidential candidate Barry ...

This is the one to rule them all

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Welcome to the One Towel For Everything Club (OTFEC). We begin, as always, with the OTFE creed. [chanting] “You only really need one towel for everything. Why? Because everything you dry off is clean. This just makes sense.” Let’s take roll call. Judging by the faces I see, we’re ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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Since we live in a postmodern culture aren’t your appeals to Christian apologetics (reasoned arguments) no longer of any value? Also, no one comes to faith through intellectual arguments. Indeed postmodernists (those who hold to the belief that truth is relative, that it doesn’t exist in ...

Future Files

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OJ Squeezes Higher, Coffee Spills Lower This week, orange juice prices flowed to a six-month high, while jitters about coffee sank that market near a three-month low. Frozen concentrated orange juice futures exploded after a USDA report on Thursday confirmed that Florida’s orange groves ...

All News Is Local

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There used to be 324 newspapers in the state of Pennsylvania. Today, there are about 60, give or take a few. The Pennsylvania Gazette is the first one on record not just in the colony of Pennsylvania but in all of the Crown’s colonies. Benjamin Franklin bought the paper with a partner in ...

Being ‘unpresidential’ is not grounds to remove Trump

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As prominent Republicans fret over Donald Trump’s “unpresidential” behavior, that broad and undefined sentiment was aptly summed up by GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who lamented that the White House has become “an adult day care center.” In response to a fresh outburst from the ...

The auto industry has a glamorous past but an opaque future

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Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering that the ...

How can Dad spend more time with family?

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Q: I’m a busy working man. I know I should be spending more time with my family, and I really want to. But I’m stumped as to how I can fit it all in; there’s just no place to cut anything. What can I do? Jim: There’s a hard truth that we sometimes have to face: We can always make time ...