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What the GOP’s putting under corporate America’s tree

This year-end tax package is a grab bag of gifts for corporations and a lump of coal for working families.Given the commitment House Republicans profess to balancing the federal budget, you'd think tax breaks for profitable businesses would be a low priority. But this holiday season, they're ...

A time for reflection

December is always a good time for reflection. A year has come to an end, the sun is in its final stages of moving away from us, and Christmas and other religious holidays are upon us. The Iowa artist, Grant Wood, captured the Iowa landscape in late fall/early winter in his sketch, "December ...

The three f’s of Thanksgiving

Why not emulate the Mayflower's passengers and go local with your holiday feast?When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about family, food, and firsts.The first person in my family to eat a Thanksgiving feast was William Brewster, my 13th great-grandfather. He was also one of the first people ...

Refugees happy in Marshalltown

An over-packed, undersupplied refugee camp. Government oppression. This is what life was like for Wee Gay Htoo and Ko Meh, two refugee women from the country of Burma, also known as Myanmar.After a national political shift in the mid-Twentieth Century, members of the majority Burman ethnic ...

Second grader does advanced coursework

Max Sawyer, 8, is a second grader at St. Francis Catholic School whose academic performance is advanced for his grade level."He is very interested in math and reading," said teacher Dee Pohle. "He is excelling at math and reading and does ELP [Extended Learning Program].""He is an excited ...

Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars

NEW YORK - As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America's most contentious issues, and is well accustomed to receiving verbal threats.Some of the organization's supporters say Friday's deadly shooting at its clinic ...

Iraqi envoy: Paris attack marks new global war

PARIS - The wave of suicide bombers and gunmen who terrorized Paris marked a new stage in the war against extremism that will leave no country in the world untouched, Iraq's foreign minister said Sunday.In an interview with The Associated Press, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Iraq has ...

Random thoughts

Is football (or basketball or baseball) officiating really that bad? Or is it because instant replay has exposed mistakes that have existed all along but never seen?All these decisions are seen at bang-bang speed and it is impossible to get them right all the time, as replays have shown.Of ...

The golden years gap

Just 100 CEOs have as much saved up for retirement as 50 million American families combined.Flo, the Progressive insurance pitch woman in the white uniform and headband, is relentlessly perky. She won't be when she learns about the double standard that lets her CEO sock away millions more for ...

Get rid of the corrupt; restore our nation

The letter from Dan Schmitt is right on the money! Impeach Obama, Hillary and all of those other corrupt officials! Many have forgotten their place as public servants. We need to heed the wisdom of our elders; understand our founding fathers and the Constitution as originally intended and not ...

Vernon Pries was a true treasure

On Oct. 27, Marshalltown lost one of its most dedicated art benefactors - Vernon Pries. You won't find his name on any community building, nor will you find it on any arts and culture venue. He recognize his name as he served as your local insurance agent for many years. But, he was also an ...

Local news media and elections: essential for democracy

November is election time in America. Voters in many local municipalities will go to the polls soon to choose local public officials. Four states have statewide legislative elections and three of those states will select a governor. For some, the presidential election next year is top of mind. ...

Royal delusions?

Editor's note: This column was originally published on the website: iowastartingline.comOur system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward.After 21 years in ...

Obama’s unholy trade policy

There's a reason Pope Francis has condemned "free trade" pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Pope Francis waxed radical on several big issues in his speech to Congress last September. He condemned the arms trade, called for climate action, and challenged lawmakers to protect the most ...

Three ways Iowa is ensuring safety and justice for victims

Iowa is taking positive steps to help survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking and violent crimes. Here are three recent pieces of good news:1. A new $2 million federal grant will help the state test a backlog of sexual assault kits and investigate and ...

Jeb Bush blows it on race

His quip that black voters want "free stuff" is pretty rich.The Republican Party has struggled for years to attract more voters of color. In a recent campaign appearance, candidate Jeb Bush offered yet another useful case study of how not to do it.At a campaign stop in South Carolina, the ...

A pilgrimage for love, justice, and dignity

One hundred women walked 100 miles to celebrate the pope's message on migration.One hundred women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis to Washington. Their goal? To bring attention to the U.S. immigration crisis - and to touch the hearts of our nation's leaders.They started their pilgrimage ...

Health care isn’t a bargaining chip

Women should be free to make their own health decisions no matter what they earn or where they live.Conservatives and progressives don't agree on much these days. Regardless of their party leanings, though, a clear majority of Americans believe that politicians shouldn't meddle in a woman's ...

Widespread support for water quality improvements

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award was presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Among the honorees were Mark Vernon Dengler of Dysart, Al and Ruth Schafbuch of Dysart and Chris Foss (Foss Farm Corporation) of La Porte City.The award recognizes the efforts of Iowa's farmers as ...

Georgia’s educational neglect

Some schools are still separate and unequal when it comes to students with disabilities.I worked as a substitute teacher in a Newton, Massachusetts middle school a few months ago.I taught a wide range of kids, including some with behavior-related disabilities. A few of these children needed ...