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Ways to prevent overeating during stressful times

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Dear Readers: These are uncertain times, uncertainty is not a favorite topic. America has not yet reached the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, some people have lost their jobs and many of the lucky ones are working from home. Times like these can trigger emotions of anxiety ...

When it’s over, will we be the same America?

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“Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully,” said Samuel Johnson. And as it is with men, so it is with nations. Monday, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, projected some 100,000 to 200,000 ...

Creativity and compassion continue to combat the coronavirus

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It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for ...

Wednesday is now just . . . Wednesday

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Al Green was famously “tired of being alone.” Me, I’m great at it. As an introvert, I can happily spend hours in my own company, behind my own walls. So I figured this period of quarantine would be much easier for me than for many of you. And I was mostly right. Until ...

A test of faith

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I am deeply opposed to the government shutting down churches and arresting preachers. But I am also deeply opposed to churches meeting right now. Let me tell you about Albany, Georgia. There are 490 cases of COVID-19 in Dougherty County, Georgia. The county seat is Albany. There are 29 deaths ...

Impeachment not a valid excuse for slow coronavirus response

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A reporter asked President Trump this week what he thought of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claim that impeachment distracted Trump from tackling the coronavirus epidemic earlier. The president gave a rambling answer but ultimately settled on a firm no. “I don’t think I ...

Oil rebounds

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On Monday, oil prices plunged below $20 per barrel for the first time since 2002, trading as low at $19.27 as concerns about a slower global economy and the ongoing Saudi-Russian production war continued. For nearly a month, Saudi Arabia and Russia have been racing to outproduce one another ...

Taxpayers should be concerned

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First, I want to disclose that my wife is a current team member at Iowa River Hospice. Second, I want to disclose that both of my late parents spent their final days at the Iowa River Hospice House. I have personally experienced the enormous value of the Iowa River Hospice House and its ...

Sit’n in Britain

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We might think we have it rough with restaurants closed, “shelter in place” (fancy words for “hunker down”) and supermarkets devoid of toilet paper. Check out this Facebook post of a “Friend” from Monroe: “I’m in England and have no idea when it will be safe...to come ...

The mercurial political fortunes of Joe Biden

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Seldom before has a major American politician endured greater ups and downs in his career than the former vice president from Delaware. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 at age 29, weeks before he was old enough to qualify and serve, he lost his young wife and infant daughter in a car ...

Stop pretending pandemic politics are the new norm

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“There are no libertarians in a global pandemic.” So goes the smug punchline of large-government advocates who point to the necessity of collective action in the face of an unprecedented global crisis. Without government, they say, we’d all be dead. Few libertarians would disagree. The ...

Create great childhoods and neighborhoods

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Hardin County Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, Child Abuse Prevention Services of Marshall County and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa are joining communities across the state this month in celebrating the importance of great childhoods and neighborhoods during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. ...

Practice social distancing

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Watching the new courthouse dome put in place was amazing — such planning and follow through; a time in our history. However seeing so many people bunched together watching was disappointing. I sincerely hope we do not see a huge spike of COVID-19 around April 15. Come on people, be ...

Save the media!

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I confess to a certain self-interest in today’s column. The media, especially newspapers, are in trouble. Conservatives like myself have been relentless in attacking their collective bias over the years, but as more of them fold or reduce staff, it is crucial the institution be ...

Wake up!

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Well I see the dome was put onto its place yesterday on the courthouse. Unfortunally 100 people were side by side, watching the event, risking their lives and the people they love. I don’t understand what it is going to take the people of Marshalltown to wake up. My family used to live ...

Not this grandma

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My, these aging men with their bright ideas. First, it was the president, who has been openly contradicting medical experts with his pining for an early end to social distancing. This would threaten the lives of millions of Americans during the pandemic. Oh, well. As he said, via tweet ...

City should honor past commitments

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I understand that our City Administration has been reviewing the idea of extending Fifth Avenue past the Iowa River Hospice (IRH) home. In my opinion, the recently built housing development to the west of the IRH home was built before giving careful consideration to the requirements for streets ...

Crisis underscores how vital information is

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We have all become acutely aware in the past few weeks why masks and face shields, respirators and ventilators are so important for hospital workers and their patients. The supply is not keeping up with the need, and that could have dire consequences for the doctors, nurses and ...

Coronavirus proves it: We need Medicare for All

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For decades, critics of single-payer health care have raised the menace of rationed care, long waits, and “death panels.” Now, in our collective national effort to “flatten the curve” — to slow the spread of coronavirus to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed — we are seeing ...

Who should we listen to?

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What Republican should we listen to? Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Republicans closed the government down — schools closed, a lot of businesses closed or limiting business like restaurants only have carry out. I went to the bank and it was only drive up. Business couldn’t go ...