Opinion

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 ...

The Unanswered Question

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Eleven years ago, the re-elected George W. Bush was president, and Hillary Clinton was both the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from New York and the first spouse of a president in U.S. history to have won election to any public office. In the Senate - by her thorough preparation ...

Vote for experience and commitment; vote for Hoffman

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During this political campaign season our national elections carry most of the attention, however, I believe that the foundation of good government starts with involved voters paying attention to local and state candidates for office as well. I urge the citizens of Marshall County to invest a ...

Fisher represents Heartland values

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I have known Dean Fisher since he first ran for the Iowa Legislature in 2012. He is an honest and dedicated politician who has not become "full of himself" as most politicians tend to be. I have a small manufacturing business in Albion and Dean has always asked questions about the business ...

October is Co-op Month across U.S.

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There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who "use the co-op's ...

Machina ex McDonald’s

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Due to an unforeseen illness columnist Wes Burns is off this week. Please enjoy this classic column from the "Best of Burns" file.It was late, it had been a long day, and I had skipped dinner. These were the three factors motivating me as I wandered aimlessly through my kitchen last week, ...

An apology to the lady using the thigh machine

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Dear Woman Using the Thigh Squeezer Machine I Accidentally Glanced at in the Eyeballs,First off, I have to say, my bad. My complete and total bad.I know unspoken gym protocol in this situation is to ignore your legs opening and closing like it is a completely normal activity. In fact, I know ...

Festive fare for a fall meal

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I am planning a fall get-together for friends and these are the recipes I am planning on making.Crunchy Onion Chicken Recipe1-1/3 c. fried onions (in a can)4 boneless chicken breast halves1 egg beatenCrush canned French Fried Onions. Beat egg. Dip chicken in egg and firmly coat with onions and ...

Choosing optimism over cynicism

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I've always considered myself a happy person-not the kind of woman who claps with giddy delight over her breakfast waffles, but the kind of woman who makes regular use of her grin.Sure, there have been hard seasons deaths of loved ones, illness, postpartum depression. But even when the glass ...

Corn rallies, despite record harvest

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Corn prices topped $3.58 per bushel on Friday morning, the highest price in almost three months. Corn is accelerating higher, even as a record crop is coming in out of the field.More than one-third of the corn crop has already been harvested, and the USDA is expecting that it will be the ...

Words versus deeds

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Donald Trump's gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.Trump's talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State, carrying out the Obama administration's foreign policies, have cost many lives in many ...

The importance of keeping Donald afloat

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It seems ages ago, but recall when the second presidential debate was deemed the sink-or-swim moment for the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. The slobbering sex tape had just come out, causing many fearful Republicans to dis-endorse him. One more astounding meltdown on the debate stage and Trump ...

Hypocritical ads

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I see TV ads by Republicans running for Iowa House and Senate knocking Democrats for tax increases in Iowa. First of all the Iowa House is controlled by the Republicans not the Democrats. If Iowa taxes are increased, why don't Iowa Republicans impeach Republican Gov. Terry Branstad for not ...

Hoffman is a leader

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My name is Craig Matzke. My one regret is that I cannot vote in the Marshall County elections this November as I live in Polk County. I want to provide my insight into the man who is currently your chief deputy and candidate for sheriff, Steve Hoffman.I currently hold the position of board ...

Fisher’s bill bad for business

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Rep. Dean Fisher, we need your help! Our businesses will be forced to close because of a bill that you shepherded through the House of Representatives earlier this year.We were reassured by both you and the DNR that any proposed rules regulating turtle trapping would not put people out of ...

Home in the range

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Dear Heloise: If you have a GPS, or a phone with GPS, don't store your HOME ADDRESS in it. If it's stolen while you are away from home, the thief can follow the navigation directions straight to your house, knowing that you are not there.My "home" address is a fire station around the block. Or ...

Trump’s vile candidacy is chemotherapy for the GOP

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WASHINGTON - What did Donald Trump have left to lose Sunday night? His dignity? Please. His campaign's theme? His Cleveland convention was a mini-Nuremberg rally for Republicans whose three-word recipe for making America great again was the shriek "Lock her up!" This presaged his Banana ...