Opinion

Through Mark Sanford’s looking glass

Columnists

Once upon a time, Mark Sanford might have been a contender, but there’s too much water under the bridges that stretch from this city of steeples to his erstwhile home on Sullivan’s Island. The disgraced former South Carolina governor and congressman announced Sunday that he’s running ...

Response to Mr. Pitts column

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Wow. Journalists should be issued body armor. We read Leonard Pitts’ column “Trump’s anti-journalism hit squad” in the Sept. 1 Times-Republican. A long time ago, Napoleon said three mad newspaper editors were worse than bayonets. Journalism will keep rolling on, hand held digital to ...

Privatizing mortgage giant has risks

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Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Another mass shooting, a nation on tenterhooks

Columnists

In 1879, on the road leading into Dodge City, there stood a sign. “The Carrying of Fire Arms Strictly Prohibited,” it said. As recounted in the book “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America” by Adam Winkler, the gun control ordinance was the first law passed when ...

The POTUS sweepstakes

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The POTUS sweepstakes are underway and we’re amid the usual lip service given by politicians who promise us all free ponies and economic nirvana. Bernie Sanders is no different from most, but he’s arguably the most annoying and vacuous. Let’s fisk one of Bernie’s favorite talking ...

Striving for a healthy civilization

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I am old enough to remember the terrible atrocities that occurred during World War II. I am almost 91 years old. There were 80 million men, women and children who died in that never forgotten war. Also, let us not forget, the devastation that occurred with mother nature. My brother, Lester, was ...

Do you know what you are reading?

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Centuries ago, there was a man walking in Jerusalem. He received a command to go “Down” to Syria and meet with a man that he saw along the roadside. That man was Philip, but the person in need was a Gentile, or one who was not a Jew — he was an official of the Ethiopian government. As ...

Our Garden

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We’ve been having tomatoes three times a day, four and five or more, if you count passing by the counter and popping a few cherry tomatoes or Romas into our mouths. (I can fit a small Early Girl into my mouth, no problem.) Ginnie just shakes her head. Delicious! — and so much better for us ...

Thank You for Nothing

Columnists

Listen, I know you really like this column. I’m thrilled that reading my well-chosen, artisanal words every week is the high point of your drab existence. What I don’t understand is why you don’t send a thank-you note. Would it really kill you to take a few moments out of your ...

Copper Red Hot on China Talk

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Copper prices are heating up, hitting a six-week high on Friday at $2.68 per pound. The rally was sparked by news that China and the United States have agreed to hold off on proposed tariff increases, a measure of goodwill ahead of trade talks next month. China is the world’s biggest ...

Food house vandalized

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Vandals struck our little food house at First United Church of Christ, 204 S. Fourth Ave. for the second time. This time they took it clean out of the ground - pole and all - and smashed it in the parking lot. It’s a really sad situation because there is a big need for that food in our ...

Hong Kong is a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’

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Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng — lawyer, writer and former legislator — is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city’s youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about Hong ...

Healthy civilization is our challenge

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I am old enough to remember the terrible atrocities that occurred during World War II. There were 80 million people who died in that war. My brother, Lester, was fighting in the South Pacific on the battleship U.S. Iowa. Like a hawk, I read the newspapers, praying for my brother and the war ...

CNN tries to blame Trump for the Obama administration’s leaks

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Here’s some advice for the media covering President Trump: If you don’t want to be accused of reporting fake news, don’t report fake news. Case in point: On Monday, CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto reported that a highly-placed U.S. intelligence source inside the Kremlin was pulled “in ...

Funding for MFD, MPD training and assets

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Regarding “Community input sought on art” in the Thursday, Sept. 12 edition: According to the article Marshalltown has an extra $55,000 to spend on art at the new police and fire facility. Since the men and women of the MFD and MPD risk life and limb every day on the job, the extra ...

Did we learn the lesson of 9/11?

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It’s now been nearly a full generation since Sept. 11, 2001. There are people currently serving in the U.S. military who weren’t born when that act of evil took place — and the military still has thousands of troops in Afghanistan, the home base of the Taliban-supported al Qaida attack on ...

Debate should bring smaller Democratic field into sharper focus

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The field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates has finally been whittled down by the Democratic National Committee to 10 qualifiers for tonight’s three-hour televised debate in Houston. The debate will be the first time the three leaders in the polls — former Vice President Joe ...

The four P’s

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It seems like just yesterday when the tornado ripped through Marshalltown last summer, affecting so many lives and local businesses in the area and surrounding communities. People driving through town today can still see the devastation, and local residents and businesses are constantly ...

Dealing with the Taliban devil

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President Trump was right to cancel a “secret” meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. The president is eager to ...