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Opinion

Danville couple saves old barn

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You may have noticed the big, beautiful, red barn beside the highway. It’s just west of Danville, on the north side of Highway 34, across the tracks. It’s owned by Dale and Connie Glasgow who live in the farm house beside the barn. But the barn wasn’t always a pristine red barn. When ...

‘Principles’ shouldn’t be a matter of convenience

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One of my co-workers at the Des Moines Register was Gene Raffensperger, an excellent reporter with a delicious sense of humor. When Raff was working on a dull story, he often would announce to colleagues, “We’re going to need another tanker of Murine. I’ve got an eye-burner ...

I’m still mad about COVID-19. We all should be.

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Today, I attended online classes all day and then curled up with the new Bob Woodward book, Rage. Rage is what I feel about the mishandling of COVID that led to all of my classes being online. Relatively speaking, I’ve got it good. I am financially secure, and I’m not at high risk for ...

Thank public school system for education

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After listening to so much disagreement about who is to blame for all the current issues in our country today, particularly schools, I felt compelled to put a few random thoughts onto paper. Foolish leaders are blaming either the left or right for everything rather than working out a ...

Life, still

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Today was the day. Marked it on the kitchen wall calendar, which hangs next to the sink because we can always use a little more art in this joint, especially now. I poured a mug of coffee and sat in my favorite chair, the one by the window, which was cracked open to the 50-degree morning. The ...

RBG’s death is relevant

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With all due respect for the passing of Justice Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there are many tributes. Upon admiring her strength for some time and even purchasing her workout book, it’s important to me to share a few thoughts. For many who experience this somber day and think — other than ...

What the Flint water crisis meant for my family

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In 2015, my life fell apart. The first signs of trouble came from my son Jaylon. He was five years old and, although he struggled with ADHD, perfectly healthy. But then he started acting out in ways he never had before. His school didn’t know how to handle it, so they started suspending ...

Thank you for keeping me safe

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Thank you to law enforcement personnel and staff, fire fighting personnel and staff, medical workers, school personnel and staff, veterans. Because of you and many others, I am able to enjoy a safe, good life.

The problem isn’t Netflix, it’s us

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Netflix, the video streaming giant, is in hot water with at least some segments of the American public because of a French film it is currently showing called “Cuties” (“Mignonnes” in the original French). The film is about a group of 11-year-old girls in Paris who form a team to ...

Trump playing down virus is good thing

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In the Sept. 16 Times-Republican, Connie Schultz’s article on another revelation, another layer of grief. She blames President Trump for down-playing the virus. I am glad he did, even with playing it down, there was a rush on buying up just about everything in the supermarket. It took ...

Sin has consequences

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You citizens of Chicago, are you ready for round two? I am Rev. Charles Abraham Albin. One week has passed since I stood here and preached about a loving God who wants you to be part of His kingdom. I want to tell you of His plan of salvation for all mankind - all who would choose it, that ...

Cyberbullying

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With the school year now upon us, the police department will be seeing more and more complaints regarding harassment in general and cyberbullying specifically. Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment through the internet or other technologies such as social media sites or instant messaging ...

New bills offer opportunity to help Iowa dialysis patients

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As fall approaches, the COVID-19 pandemic still poses a major threat to people living here in Iowa, as well as others across the U.S. With public health still top-of-mind, it is important that we do everything we can to protect high-risk patients, especially those living with end-stage renal ...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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The food, the music, the work ethic, the passion — Hispanic-Americans have a lot to be proud of. When our ancestors immigrated to the United States, they brought with them the rich and vibrant heritage that we celebrate today. Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually Sept. 15 through Oct. ...

Ginnie’s excellent birthday

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O n Aug. 27, the night before Ginnie’s birthday, the moon and Mars lined up side-by-side, announcing Ginnie’s grand and glorious birthday. Ginnie and I viewed it together, her eyes starry, wondering what I had in store for her big day. “Happy birthday, Ginnie!” the locust seemed to ...

Jeanette Catherine Kramer Vaske

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Jeanette Catherine Kramer Vaske left this earth to be in the arms of her savior on September 15, 2020, with her family by her side. Family and friends will honor Jeanette with a visitation at St. Francis of Assisi Parish — St. Henry Catholic Church — 221 West Olive St. in Marshalltown — ...

Trump knew COVID-19 could kill. He just didn’t care.

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“Captain,” said the first mate, “we just crashed into an iceberg — the hull’s been breached!” “An iceberg. Deadly stuff,” said the captain. “Still, let’s play it down.” “What are your orders? We must warn the passengers.” “I’ll make an announcement… ...

Thank you for supporting Alliant Energy

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Our purpose is to serve customers and build strong communities, and it guides our work every day. Just over one month ago - following the derecho storm on August 10 — our purpose truly came to life. The storm brought devastation few have ever seen in the Midwest. More than a quarter of a ...