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Opinion

Various types of vegetarians

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Dear Readers, By now, you probably know someone who has adopted a vegetarian diet. Estimates put vegetarianism at around 5 percent of the American population. That may not sound like many, but it comes to roughly 16.5 million people. People cite different reasons for converting to ...

Iowans applauded for voting progressive

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I applaud Iowans for having dared to choose progressive Democrat candidates. In this country, we’ve been voting ‘cautious center’ for so long in hopes of attracting sensible moderates from both sides and it simply hasn’t worked. The far right has now built big momentum, even consuming ...

Number of issues going through legislature

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Friday marked the end of the first funnel week and the sixth week of the 2020 legislature. The best way to describe the environment at the Capitol this week would be to compare it to a busy Las Vegas casino. Legislators were bustling between subcommittee meetings and committee meetings trying ...

Living in post-integrity America

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Back during the scandal over his sexual exploitation of a young intern, Bill Clinton was pilloried in this space for his moral defects. To which many liberals responded with derision. Morality? What did that matter? The economy was good, we were at peace and Clinton was hardly the first man ...

Bernie too often sees only what he wants to see

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who did not have a great performance in Wednesday’s Democratic debate, nevertheless said something interesting. “We’re not going to throw out capitalism,” Bloomberg said. “We tried. Other countries tried that. It was called communism, ...

Wheat plagued by drought, locusts

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Wheat prices exploded on Tuesday, gaining more than 20 cents per bushel as traders grew concerned about global supply threats. Australia’s crop is suffering due to dry conditions and a plague of locusts is threatening crops across Pakistan, India and China. This winter saw a locust outbreak ...

911, THC and felony bills pass through Public Safety

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The funnel date is upon us and the frenzy to get bills passed in committee is winding down.  Technically it’s Friday, but since our committees are only scheduled through Thursday, that’s when we must have our bills passed by a committee to remain active. This funnel date requirement ...

Plenty to do in Marshalltown this weekend

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From town halls to bowling, from books to eating spaghetti to enjoying a local play production, once again we are blessed to have many fun events happening this coming weekend in Marshalltown. As an avid reader, and having a daughter who is a librarian, I would like to highlight the ...

Marshalltown has pride for our homes

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As the weather begins to warm up, I’ve been noticing the homes behind all the melting snow. What am I seeing? I see a lot of fresh paint, updated siding colors, new stairs and other upgrades. When you drive down a street and see multiple houses with improvements, it makes you feel proud for ...

Bad boy becomes benefacto

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Little Johnny was a bad boy. In the third grade at Elm Grove District Number 4 Country School, Northwest of Fairfield (Batavia) in the 1950’s, he hated school and was a discipline problem. Johnny would have rather been anywhere except sitting in that stuffy, one-room school, like riding his ...

Michael Bloomberg and the politics of money

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been rising drastically in the national polling for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Frightened by that rise, Democratic candidates from center-left to communist have risen as one, declaring that Bloomberg has done the process dirty: By ...

Teaching honesty

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People want children to grow up always telling the truth. The truth is...we can teach children honesty from a young age. Begin setting an early precedent that honesty is a strong value your family believes in. Stress that honesty among family members builds trust. With trust, families can ...

Bloomberg takes the stage

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The Democratic Party is in trouble. Not only did it have difficulty organizing what used to be simple caucuses in Iowa, the party risks repeating that debacle in Nevada on Saturday. If that weren’t enough, party rules have changed allowing former New York City mayor and former Republican, ...

Oh, sure, it’s the Democrats who have a problem

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The laziest and most common campaign story right now is a version of the following: “The Democrats are in disarray!” “The Democrats are failing to coalesce around a single candidate!” “The Democrats are handing this election to the Republicans!” Add a story or two about the ...

Remember the Iowa State Fair Corndog Checkoff

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Thank you Iowa for making the 2019 Iowa State Fair a record-breaker in so many ways. And thank you, too, for your support of the Blue Ribbon Foundation, that, for the past 27 years has put your generous donations to work preserving barns and buildings across the Fairgrounds. From the first fair ...

Another year of the interloper?

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It’s a familiar plotline. An interloper runs for a party’s presidential nomination and, with an anti-insider pitch, scores wins and near-wins in the first contests with vote pluralities. His numerous opponents, fearful of antagonizing his enthusiastic supporters, launch attacks on one ...

The Irony of the Centrist-Progressive debate

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With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters and pundits descending on the tiniest blip in polls, this campaign already feels never-ending. But at long last, we’re beginning what matters: Voting! As you would expect, Trump and his sycophantic ...

Save tranquil peace at Iowa River Hospice

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This could be you or your loved one, in need of care in a peaceful, tranquil setting when facing your last days. You or your loved one had hoped to remain at home, but that’s no longer possible. You know that in Marshalltown there’s care available in a peaceful tranquil setting; you know ...

Democrats should be panicking

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Legendary Democratic strategist James Carville was interviewed by Vox’s Sean Illing last week after Carville’s doom-and-gloom jeremiad on MSNBC got a lot of people’s attention. In his inimitable fashion, Carville warned that Democrats’ love affair with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is ...

Thank you for supporting MHS band

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On behalf of the Marshalltown High School Band students and parents, we would like to thank the many people of the community and surrounding area for their generous support of the pasta dinner fundraiser held on Jan. 28. We served hundreds of people that night and the proceeds raised will ...