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Opinion

Domestic violence in Marshalltown

Columnists

October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month. Domestic violence is an issue that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender identity, economic status or sexual orientation. It affects people from all walks of life and can manifest in a variety of different ways. Domestic ...

Republicans and debt ceiling

Your View

As the U.S. deals with the pandemic, hurricanes, floods, fires, drought, derechos and a recovering economy, our Republican Congressional delegation continues to harp on the debt-ceiling and inflation — something they always do when Democrats are in office. I suggest they are speaking out of ...

You can starve an ideal only so long before you kill it

Columnists

Those pictures are traumatizing. That’s because they contain so much more than what’s in them, so much more than horse-mounted U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Rio Grande in Texas, running down and flogging would-be Haitian immigrants. No, those pictures contain George Floyd and forced ...

The Old Thresher’s Steam Whistle: Four Generations of Dewees

Columnists

It started in the fifties when H.D. Dewees, a farmer from Marion, Iowa, was on a trip to Florida. On the way home he went by a Navy shipyard and, unable to contain his interest in machinery and all the activity, stopped for a tour. It just so happened that a big steam ship, known as a Liberty ...

E-cig regulations threaten industry

Columnists

Electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without tobacco or combustion, are the most important harm-reducing alternative to smoking ever developed. Yet bureaucrats and politicians seem determined to negate that historic opportunity through regulations and taxes that threaten to cripple the ...