Opinion

Watch out for falling rocks

Columnists

Don’t breathe a word, but President Trump is up to something. His insulting, too-dumb-to-fail comments about four freshmen female members of Congress has the civilized world’s trousers in a twist, and it’s not a pretty sight. The president tweeted that the four women of color, “ ... ...

Pie recipes

Columnists

It’s not too hot to make a pie – if you make it with ice cream. Easy Strawberry Lemonade Freezer Pie 2-1/2 c. sweetened sliced strawberries 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant lemon pudding mix 1 carton (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 graham cracker crust Optional: Additional ...

Thanks for supporting ‘Amy’s Arbor’

Your View

Shortly before noon on June 9, 2017, a co-worker and cherished friend was abruptly taken away from us. Mrs. Amy R. Sanders, a beautiful wife of Aaron and loving mother of Izaiah, Savanah and Camden lost her life in the line of duty at the intersection of Church and Center Street in Marshalltown ...

Input from public should be key part of medical cannabis discussion

Our View

We do not quarrel with the decision on Thursday by majority Republican leaders in the Iowa Legislature to not put the state’s medical cannabis program on the agenda for interim study committees this year. That they pledged to put the issue “at the forefront of the 2020 legislative ...

Donald Trump, America is not your house

Columnists

Dear Donald Trump: Years ago, I got to visit Kwethluk, an Alaskan town of fewer than 900 souls. It is an isolated place where the people, most of them Yup’ik and Eskimo, live on what the tundra provides: ptarmigan, moose, seal, salmonberries. I remember standing upon that snowbound landscape ...

Paul Ryan is once again being cast as a pariah

Columnists

Paul Ryan is getting the hate treatment — again. The former GOP House speaker and 2012 vice presidential candidate is a unifying figure these days. Liberals have long despised him — unfairly in my mind. Anti-Trump conservatives are infuriated by his “surrender to Trumpism,” in the ...

Word bracelets

Columnists

I bought myself beaded bracelets — three, to be exact. Each has its own saying, up to 12 characters, of my choosing. I’ve been doing a lot of self-work lately. I’m guessing it comes with this chapter of life — when you see how you show up as a parent, as a partner, as a friend and for ...

Give yourself a raise

Columnists

You deserve a big fat raise! Care to argue the point? Didn’t think so. But did you ever consider that the reason you are so dramatically underpaid may not be the fault of a stingy boss not giving you more? The problem could be your wimpy self not having the gumption to ask for more. Or ...

Best of Show — twice

Columnists

The art awards were announced. “In 2D, second place goes to..., first place goes to...; in 3D,” etc. The crowd of artists held their breath in anticipation of Best of Show. It was obvious where it was going. Yes. “Best of Show goes to Barb Zumdome, for ‘Purse and Boots.’” The ...

Metals heat up

Columnists

Gold and silver are shining as investors rush into the precious metals. Gold reached a six-year high this week, topping $1450 per ounce. This golden rally has been inspired by investors concerned about falling interest rates, currency devaluation, rising inflation, and stock prices at all-time ...

The news cycle without Trump’s tweets

Columnists

Let’s pretend President Trump didn’t tweet. Let’s live in a universe where the president of the United States didn’t see fit to insert himself into every controversy, to comment on every passing event, to blast out his inner monologue before tens of millions of Americans each morning ...

Democrats need broader mission than just beating Trump

Columnists

The obvious unifying element for Democrats looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election is their imperative to oust Donald Trump from the Oval Office. They desire it for a multitude of reasons, starting with his glaring incompetence for the job and the rampant corruption in his regime. But ...

Minimum wage laws are a terrible idea

Columnists

Democrats in Congress have again brought the minimum wage to the national political stage. Legislation moving forward in the House, H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, would increase the national minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour in increments spanning the next five ...

We will recover if we are Marshalltown Strong

Our View

Editor’s note: A version of this Our View originally ran on July 29, 2018. Its message was as true today as it was then. Together we can rebuild. July 19, 2018 will be a day for the Marshalltown history books. On that day, an EF-3 tornado destroyed some of the most important parts of our ...

Skipping the Philly fanatics at netroots nation

Columnists

The radical fringe of the left came to Philadelphia last weekend for the annual Netroots Nation conference. It was extremist enough that only four Democrat presidential contenders dared to show their face there. By contrast, more than 10 came to Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network ...

America: Love it or leave it (again)

Columnists

The phrase “America, Love It or Leave It” has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy Era. In the ‘70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to leave the country if a Republican is ...

The many lessons of Megan Rapinoe

Columnists

Mercy, was that a moment. First, Megan Rapinoe was on the receiving end of a three-tweet rant from Donald Trump. He was livid that she had told Sports Illustrated that she would not visit the White House as long as he’s in it. She flicked that gnat off her shoulder, and then she and her ...

Democrats: Prisoners of the past on the economy

Columnists

We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened — or that we remember as having happened — constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination. But it can also be a pitfall for politicians, particularly for those seeking ...

Things haven’t always been this way

Columnists

Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to ...