Opinion

A look at the end of life

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A cool breeze blew through my open car door as I waited for my wife to complete her weeding of Church flowers. This is a good time to think of stories I want to create. I let ideas flood in, then decide what might be appropriate to write about. Today I thought, why not say something about death ...

The slovenly institution that is Congress

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WASHINGTON — In January 1988, in Ronald Reagan’s final State of the Union address, he noisily dropped on a table next to the podium in the House chamber three recent continuing resolutions, each more than a thousand pages long. Each was evidence of Congress’ disregard of the 1974 Budget ...

Vote NO on LOST reallocation

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Vote NO on Aug. 1 to reallocate local option sales tax funds. Consider this — the city wants to take this money away from the streets and sewers updates. The city has spent a bunch of money to “educate” you with “Budgeting 101” classes. They have spent a bunch of money to put a mailer ...

John McCain’s curious repeal votes

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WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain stole the show this week with his dramatic return to the Senate to vote on the repeal of Obamacare, after surgery revealed he has brain cancer. Republican and Democratic colleagues alike gave him a standing ovation as the body narrowly voted to begin debate on ...

Take a musical note

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This year, one of my son’s 4-H projects was a Guitar Pick Shadow Box. It was a need that was fostered from two things: his love of music and concerts, combined with his ability to lose things easily. His collection of guitar picks ranges from rock and roll to country, and continues to grow. ...

USA Today’s impeachment-push poll

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If there’s anyone left in America who still thinks the national newspapers aren’t partisan, they must have missed the front page of USA Today on July 24. The banner headline across the top read, “USA Split on Trump Impeachment.” It took a poll attempting to figure out very publicly ...

Democrats’ ‘better deal’ is a raw deal

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Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a “Square Deal.” His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us “The New Deal.” Modern Democrats are now offering the country “A Better Deal.” Speaking in Berryville, Virginia, a small town that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and is ...

The Detroit Riot, 50 years later

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Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all-white 15 or 20 years before. The statistics are ...

Was Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian meeting a criminal act?

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Last week, The New York Times revealed that in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and chief confidant; Paul Manafort, Trump’s then-campaign chief executive; and others met secretly at Trump Tower with a former Russian ...

Time for the city and Alliant to listen

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In the early 1970s, a local woman sued the city to recover her costs of cutting down diseased elm trees on her terrace. She won! Elm trees on the terrace became the city’s expense. This, of course, was not retroactive for the many homeowners who had already paid out of their ...

Let’s not mirror Trump

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In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak. At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage it. Some liberals ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned about an individual with a very, very impressive résumé. Even though born to very humble circumstances, with no education other than what life itself offers, this individual’s work and life has consistently contributed to the wellbeing of others. He has built countless homes and ...

Reynolds is gaining influence

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During Terry Branstad’s long tenure as our state’s governor, Iowans became accustomed to his influence nationally. His management of the Hawkeye State earned him the respect and admiration of state chief executives of both political parties. Gov. Kim Reynolds has only been at the helm of ...

NRA cowardly fights for ‘the white to bear arms’­­­

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I­­t began in April. ­­That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, ...

Christianity, Inc.

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Eugene Peterson is not a name familiar to most Americans, but within evangelical circles, Peterson is well-known. He wrote a translation of the Bible called “The Message,” which is a preferred text for churches trying to lure in new members who might be put off by the “thou shalls” and ...

Liberal Values Are Bankrupting Us

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Recently, Gallup published the results of its annual Values and Beliefs poll. The headline of the report speaks for itself: “Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues.” Gallup has been doing this poll since 2001, and the change in public opinion on the moral issues ...

Using the grandchild for money

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Dear Dave, My wife and I have been helping our adopted daughter financially for some time. She’s 25, has been married for three years, and we don’t see this cycle stopping anytime soon. The worst part is, they will often throw in that our grandchild will go without something unless we ...

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

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“Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender.” Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless ...

McCain the Patriot

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In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

The ‘Recognizing America’s Children’ Act

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President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...