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November 18, 2015 Is football (or basketball or baseball) officiating really that bad? Or is it because instant replay has exposed mistakes that have existed all along but never seen? All these decisions are seen at... more »»

The golden years gap

November 16, 2015 Just 100 CEOs have as much saved up for retirement as 50 million American families combined. Flo, the Progressive insurance pitch woman in the white uniform and headband, is relentlessly perky. more »»

Get rid of the corrupt; restore our nation

November 9, 2015 The letter from Dan Schmitt is right on the money! Impeach Obama, Hillary and all of those other corrupt officials! Many have forgotten their place as public servants. more »»

Vernon Pries was a true treasure

November 3, 2015 On Oct. 27, Marshalltown lost one of its most dedicated art benefactors — Vernon Pries. You won’t find his name on any community building, nor will you find it on any arts and culture venue. more »»

Local news media and elections: essential for democracy

November 2, 2015 November is election time in America. Voters in many local municipalities will go to the polls soon to choose local public officials. more »»

Royal delusions?

November 1, 2015 Editor’s note: This column was originally published on the website: Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. more »»

Obama’s unholy trade policy

October 25, 2015 There's a reason Pope Francis has condemned "free trade" pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Pope Francis waxed radical on several big issues in his speech to Congress last September. more »»

Three ways Iowa is ensuring safety and justice for victims

October 19, 2015 Iowa is taking positive steps to help survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking and violent crimes. Here are three recent pieces of good news: 1. more »»

Jeb Bush blows it on race

October 12, 2015 His quip that black voters want "free stuff" is pretty rich. The Republican Party has struggled for years to attract more voters of color. more »»

A pilgrimage for love, justice, and dignity

October 5, 2015 One hundred women walked 100 miles to celebrate the pope’s message on migration. One hundred women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis to Washington. Their goal? To bring attention to the U.S. more »»

Health care isn’t a bargaining chip

September 22, 2015 Women should be free to make their own health decisions no matter what they earn or where they live. Conservatives and progressives don’t agree on much these day. more »»

Widespread support for water quality improvements

September 21, 2015 The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award was presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. more »»

Georgia’s educational neglect

September 14, 2015 Some schools are still separate and unequal when it comes to students with disabilities. I worked as a substitute teacher in a Newton, Massachusetts middle school a few months ago. more »»

Opportunities for Iowa and Cuba

September 8, 2015 At age 63, I wouldn’t change the years I have lived for anything. For example, in 1994 my family and I were traveling in Europe and entered the former East Germany. more »»

Property tax statement time

September 1, 2015 The property tax statements payable in 2015-2016 will be arriving in Marshall County property owners’ mailbox this wee. more »»

A new view

August 31, 2015 Similar to many of my senior generation, I have had a problem accepting the concept of same-sex marriage. My views have been fashioned over the years from a traditional perspective. more »»

What aboot Canada?

August 25, 2015 Let’s play “What if ...?” for a little bit. more »»

Sept 8: A very important date!

August 24, 2015 When we think about the future of our community and region, our No. 1 priority is education! I say this with absolutely no hesitation: it’s education that makes the “World Go Round. more »»

CIA are writing a book that will whitewash their crimes against humanity.

August 17, 2015 The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. more »»



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