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Columnists

The Orpheum ‘playbill’ is still being written

Since the Orpheum was built in 1948 by the Radio Keith Orpheum (RKO) Company, a major movie studio of Hollywood’s Golden Age, it has been a cornerstone of downtown Marshalltown. While several entities have owned the historical theater, in reality the theater truly belongs to the ...

A third party could impose some pain on Trumpified GOP

In 2020, many on the right had modest hopes for President Biden. The hope hinged on the not implausible theory that he would govern as a centrist because that’s how he campaigned. Biden did markedly better than Hillary Clinton’s 2016 performance with Republican-friendly constituencies. ...

The nation in the bubble

This week, the Biden administration received just the latest slap in the face from cruel reality: An economic report showing just 194,000 jobs added in the month of September, short of the 500,000 jobs forecast by most economists. The unemployment rate dived to 4.8% from 5.2% — not as a ...

Main Street Art Center will open in Mt. Pleasant

When most other people are whining and crying about the pandemic, economy and lack of help and goods, Lorri Lee Miller is taking a bold step and opening a new business in Mt. Pleasant—Main Street Art Center. An artist herself, she wondered why Mt. Pleasant didn’t have an art center like all ...

What Nobel Prizes say about greatness

It’s Nobel Prize season. The just-announced 2021 winners in medicine/physiology are two Americans, Dr. David Julius and Dr. Ardem Patapoutian, who’ve done groundbreaking research on the senses of touch, taste, heat and pain. Their joint discoveries may yield new, nonopioid treatments for ...