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Black Education: What Makes Sense?

What do you think of the proposition that no black youngsters should be saved from educational rot until all can be saved? Black people cannot afford to accept such a proposition. Actions by the education establishment, black and white liberal politicians, and some civil rights organizations ...

An alternative to the status quo

Had John C. Fremont not run as a Republican in 1856, there would probably would have been no Lincoln in 1860. The Republican Party formed in the 1850s with the collapse of the Whig Party. The central unifying issue Republicans shared was abolition of slavery. It unified people across political ...

Dear Dietitian

Chances are many of you who are reading this are taking some type of herbal supplement. Be it ginseng for better energy, saw palmetto for prostate health or echinacea to boost the immune system, many are turning to natural remedies for their health. It is important to realize that just ...

Are the Saudi Princes true friends?

The 633-word statement of President Donald Trump on the Saudi royals’ role in the grisly murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi is a remarkable document, not only for its ice-cold candor. The president re-raises a question that has roiled the nation since Jimmy Carter: To ...

The cases against Nancy Pelosi don’t hold up

For loyal Democrats, it must be painful to realize that so much of the criticism of your party turns out to be true. No better Democrat ever drew a breath than the late congressman from Arizona and presidential candidate Mo Udall, who candidly observed, “When Democrats organize a firing ...

Giving thanks

Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and express gratitude for our blessings. It’s such a simple exercise, and yet almost as satisfying as the feasting. Maybe we shouldn’t confine it to Thanksgiving? We have observant Jewish friends who’ve done something like this ...

Each of our lives matter

The past few months have made me realize how precious life is. There was the tornado that tore through the heart of Marshalltown. In its path, it destroyed homes, businesses, local history and public spaces. I remember the initial shock of seeing the damage, but I also remember driving over ...

Demonstrating ‘Iowa Nice’ at Thanksgiving

Demonstrating ‘Iowa Nice’ at Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is the holiday where most people extend gratitude to family members and close friends for making their life better. Thanksgiving 2018 should also be a time to reflect on what we could do to revive Iowa Nice, which we’ve lost due to ...

Paradise lost

When polarity defines us, it’s easy to lose sight of our common humanity. But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that have destroyed lives, homes and towns — displacing thousands and wreaking havoc on the psyches of first-responders and ...

Stan Lee’s work a reflection of his times

Stan Lee, the reinventor of the comic book, died Monday at the ripe old age of 95. Comic books get a bad rap, although not nearly as bad as they used to. There was a time when comic books were the cause of an all-out moral panic. After the release of psychiatrist Fred Wertham’s book “The ...

‘Magical’ time of year

When you’re a kid, post-Thanksgiving was a magical time. The Christmas lights came out, hot cider and frosting-covered pretzels were created and the tree appeared. It was the Spirit of the Season. It wasn’t until much later did I realize it didn’t just happen. Parents: “Don’t you ...

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Packing for holiday travel is akin, I would imagine, to packing for placement by the Witness Protection Program. When you don’t know where you’ll wind up, you have to prepare for everything. Will we wind up in a boondocks motel hours away from our destination? Mars? Better pack that water ...

Looking back, looking forward

I read a lot. Most of my reading/writing is performed, orchestrated, conducted in the early morning hours when my mind is fresh, there are no interruptions and I’m at the peak of creativity. To Ginnie’s amazement and a little consternation, I arise around 2:00 a.m., without an alarm, ...

Abundance of Grains

U.S. corn and soybean farmers are giving thanks this week as their record-breaking harvest nears completion. Nationwide, over 90 percent of this year’s corn and soybean crops have been brought in from the fields, a welcome relief as snow and poor weather conditions had slowed ...

A lesson in racial politics from Florida

Now that, finally, the elections in Florida have reached a conclusion, there are lessons worth learning. One is on the subject of race. There was a fateful anomaly in racial voting in the governor’s race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Rick DeSantis, now Florida’s ...

Lucrative law enforcement will become lawless

Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict -- first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin -- when his father died. He blew the $73,000 ...

Abortion: An American institution built on lies

The new head of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, stated in a recent interview that she intends to expand the organization’s services and reach. If by “expand” she means services other than abortion, then more power to her. But that is hard to square with Planned Parenthood’s status as ...

Wayne Stayskal: Cartoonist extraordinaire

Google “Great American Political Cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block (aka “Herblock”) of The Washington Post, (Paul) Conrad of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and several other cartoonists whose work, if not their ...

Media skip farrakhan and hype ‘Nazi’ prom

Google “Great American Political Cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block (aka “Herblock”) of The Washington Post, (Paul) Conrad of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and several other cartoonists whose work, if not their ...

Democrats, listen to Bustos and keep Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi will probably return as speaker of the House and should. A proven master at running the legislature, she’s plug-and-play ready and able to steer Democrats through these chaotic times. That Pelosi is a woman is not why she should be speaker. That she is relatively old, at 78, is ...