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Opinion

Brits Bolster Boris

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In their third vote in five years, British citizens came out in force on Thursday in favor of the Conservative Party, resoundingly keeping Prime Minister Boris Johnson in power. Johnson has been a staunch Brexiteer and his large majority in the British Parliament should give him a strong ...

Charmed, I’m sure

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You’re very smart. You’re extremely loyal. You even work hard at your job (on occasion). Yet, your career is going nowhere. You’re not advancing in your company. You’re not getting job offers from outside your company. On LinkedIn, you’re Linked Out. Do you know what’s ...

One step from a banana republic

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Bad-faith Democrats pushing the impeachment hoax on the heels of one illegitimate investigation of the president after the next are destroying our Democracy as we know it. What separates America from a banana republic is the peaceful transition of power — something Democrats have ...

Only barn left on 8-Mile Road

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It’s the only barn left on 8-Mile Road. There used to be 18 – 20 barns, sometimes two on a farm. They’re all gone now, blown down, rotted, torn down — just so many memories, like fast-food food wrappers blowing in the wind. Built in 1895 on rock, this is the only barn left on ...

What’s wrong here?

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On Thanksgiving, I read about a new law passed that will apply to all 5O states and the 16 U.S. territories. The law basically says that causing pain or serious bodily injury to any living nonhuman mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians is a crime and could result in a fine and up to seven ...

The trickle-down of bad social politics

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This week, Paul Krugman of The New York Times posited a theory: Red states cause depression and suicide. In a column titled “America’s Red State Death Trip,” Krugman wrote: “In 1990, today’s red and blue states had almost the same life expectancy. Since then, however, life expectancy ...

Writing articles of impeachment: A House Judiciary guide

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It’s official: The majority caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives announced Tuesday that it will draft two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. As the House Judiciary Committee sets out to write the articles, its Democratic staffers have circulated a 52-page primer ...

Have a safe holiday season

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For young children especially, the traditional Christmas Tree can be tempting to touch. From the bright lights to the shiny ornaments and neatly wrapped presents there is just so much to explore. While the holidays are an exciting and busy time of year, however, they can also pose many hazards ...

William “Bill” Jackson, 97

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Funeral services for William, “Bill” Jackson, 97, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Anderson Funeral Homes, Marshalltown, IA, with Rev. Jack Mithelman officiating. Casket bearers were Bill Jackson, Caden Kelling, Casey Kelling, Jeff Kelling, Preston Kelling and ...

Saudi sympathies ring hollow

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If it walks like a duck ... you know the rest. Following a shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi national identified as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, the FBI issued a statement saying it presumes the incident was a terrorist attack. What might have given them that ...

The pivotal black vote

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Some polls in recent weeks have provided an encouraging picture for President Donald Trump of strengthening support among black voters. I like these kinds of reports. But I wonder how much of reality they are really capturing. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, reports on new polling ...

MCC es para mi

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Marshalltown Community College is here to provide a high quality, success-focused education for all students. We are proud of our diverse student body that represents (among other characteristics) students ranging in age from 16 to 60, including 69 international students, and many students ...

Beware of Mike Pence

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In January of this year, I met Vice President Mike Pence and behaved like the woman my mother would have wanted me to be. She was a lifelong, working-class Democrat, a Christian who was pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ when it wasn’t easy to be so in the Midwest. She’s been gone 20 years, but as ...

Twitter politics’ roots in tabloid-war politics

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Sometimes the latest new thing is something antique. That’s especially true in American politics, which has had seriously contested presidential elections every four years (with one exception) since 1800 and competitions between the same two durable parties since 1856. We’re even on our ...

Woman’s never list

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The premise is that every woman has a mental list, personal and unique to her, of things she will never do. The idea isn’t that these are things the woman would like to do; rather, they are things she has recognized she will not do, despite any inherent desire. At its essence, it is supposed ...

Cutting food aid promotes hunger, not work

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As a kid, food stamps helped me eat, study, and succeed as an adult. Americans today deserve the same investment. You may have heard about the Trump administration’s latest attack on very poor Americans: a punitive new restriction that will cut SNAP benefits for 688,000 people. SNAP, ...

Our principles, not our tech, keep us prosperous and free

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We live in an age when technology is worshipped. Entrepreneurs who create technologies that transform our lives become billionaires, seemingly overnight. Companies that do not adopt new technologies or adapt to their use quickly enough are put out of business. The term “disruptive ...

Should I try a low FODMAP diet?

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Dear Dietitian, I have irritable bowel syndrome and appreciated your column on a high fiber diet to manage IBS. My symptoms are usually pretty well-controlled, thank goodness. I’ve been reading about the low FODMAP diet and it seems pretty detailed. Should I try it? Thanks, Katie Dear ...

In ‘defense’ of Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump Jr., in his better-selling book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” writes of his reactions to visiting Arlington National Cemetery and driving “past the rows of white grave markers.” He explains: “In that moment, I ... thought of all the ...

Democrats’ diversity — only in the back of the bus

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The “Our diversity is our strength!” Party is starting to look rather monochromatic in its upper echelons these days. The four leading candidates for its presidential nomination — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg — are all white. The six candidates who ...