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Opinion

CEOs should pay for their own three-martini lunch

Columnists

While the world is reeling from the pandemic and American democracy faces a profound crisis, corporate lobbyists have been focused on making taxpayers subsidize lavish lunches for wealthy executives. Their work paid off in the 11th-hour COVID-19 relief deal Congress passed late last year. ...

Avoid choking hazards

Columnists

Choking is the fourth leading cause of death in young children. Despite a strong gag reflex, a young child’s airway is vulnerable to obstruction and the force of air generated by a cough in an infant or young child is less effective in dislodging an object. Choking hazards are primarily ...

Untruth and consequences

Columnists

In a terribly unsettled time in American history, there are a few voices on both sides of the political aisle calling for “healing” and “unity.” To say that these are desperately needed is an understatement. But merely wishing for it will not make it so. The conflict, anger and ...

A Review of Dangerous and Dilapidated Building Program

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In 2016, the city created the Dangerous and Dilapidated (D&D) Building Program to begin addressing a number of abandoned properties. These properties were creating nuisances and eyesores in neighborhoods across the community, leading to public safety issues and more. The city borrowed money ...

Capitol riot similar to Night of Broken Glass

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Shame on the comments in the T-R Jan. 11 editorial “Worst day for Trump, Trumpists” by syndicated writer Pat Buchanan , thoughts by Rep. Dean Fisher on Jan. 12 and the Jan. 13 letter “Case of riotous chaos “ by Richard Hill of Marshalltown. Pat never mentioned the death of the ...

People need to be held accountable

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After four years of playing Santa Claus with trillions in tax giveaways and trillions more spent on propping up farmers and corporations, you can hear Republicans already chanting “We have to cut back on spending. The debt is getting too big. We can’t leave a debt for our grandchildren.” ...

I never defy my sobriety coin

Columnists

Thursday, December 31, New Year’s Eve Day: The Vintage Raven in Mt. Pleasant posted on its Facebook page a video of a three legged cat, Doodle Bug, that was up for adoption. Doodle Bug looked a lot like our long lost Barney: gray tiger with white chest and paws. I looked up a couple of ...

Good thing about alt-right

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I can say one good thing about Trump and his alt-right supporters — Many had previously considered we environmentalists as “radical.” Now we appear calm, cool, considerate and downright cerebral.

Encouraged by governor’s initiatives

Columnists

Ihope this finds you all well and healthy. Our state has been through a number of unique challenges since my last newsletter and I am proud of Iowa’s determination to persevere and rise above the derecho and all the complications from the pandemic. The Legislature has officially started ...

The 89th Iowa General Assembly has begun

Columnists

There is much the same as previous years of course, but much that is different as well due to the virus. We continue to social distance, we are meeting in larger rooms and we are taking care to minimize the number of meetings. What hasn’t changed in the first week of the session is the ...

Obama didn’t close the racial wealth divide — can Biden?

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Twelve years ago, the inauguration of America’s first Black president had many Americans believing that a future free of racial discrimination and inequality was finally within reach. This year, as Obama’s former vice president Joe Biden takes office amid a surge in far-right violence, ...

Country before party

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I would like to join Iowa Democratic Minority Leader Todd Prichard in calling for all the Iowa Lawmakers to join together in unity to heal our state. Over 4,100 are Iowans dead out of 300,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, but the Iowa Legislature has no mask mandate. Governor Reynolds did not ...

To save lives, clinical trials need diversity

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I’ve spent my career fighting for vulnerable patients, especially people of color. So I was ecstatic to hear about a new initiative from dozens of biotech companies. These firms pledged to enroll more people of color in “clinical trials” — years-long tests that show whether ...

More Independents needed

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How can our nation reform matters we face with the two party system? George Washington warned the framers of such a system that will only create division. With an Independent President and an all Independent Congress we could actually make some real progress. Also, the words power and ...

Democracy, still

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Like so many of you, I remember what I was doing when I first heard that insurgents had stormed our nation’s Capitol. It was about 2 p.m., and I was on the phone with my son Andy as C-SPAN played in the background. He knew I’d be following along as both houses of Congress prepared to ...

Impeach Trump again

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Impeach Trump again and convict him of inciting insurrection, even if it happens after the inauguration. Remove him from office, and bar him from ever holding office again. Support and vote for the censure and expulsion of those Senators and Representatives that contributed to the madness ...

Case of riotous chaos

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The big wigs got a taste of riotous chaos in the people’s house in Washington, D.C. and they didn’t like it. But when the riotous mobs attacked the state houses, police stations and burned down people’s businesses, that was OK with Pelosi and Schumer because they never came out and ...

Capitol chaos illustrates stark hypocrisy

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We’re living in a time of egregious double standards where Democrats and complicit media hold Republicans to a different code of conduct than themselves. An asymmetrical playing field that continues to divide the nation and perpetuate ever-growing anger and resentment amongst President Donald ...

January is Human Trafficking Awarness month

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking has existed in one form or another since the beginning of time. It is a devastating crime that exists in the shadows of society. This is a vastly under reported crime and a crime which is as difficult to investigate as it can be to ...