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Trade wars: China strikes back On Thursday, President Trump announced a slew of potential actions against China, including tariffs on $60 billion in Chinese imports. The White House is hoping to use these threats to bolster negotiations surrounding trade, U.S. businesses in China, and ...

Importance of ‘play’

As spring slowly approaches, our thoughts turn to being outside more. The fresh air is good for our bodies. Kids and adults, are ready to just “play” in the outdoors. Play has an important role in the life and development of your child. This holds especially true for children from birth to ...

The Russian (S)election

Perhaps Vladimir Putin was using his experience meddling in U.S. elections to meddle in his own. Putin “won” re-election last Sunday with about 76 percent of the vote, not as much as the 99 percent Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein “won” and maybe not as impressive as the nearly unanimous ...

The ‘Pro-Truth’ Media Back Mccabe’s Lying

NBC News star Chuck Todd recently made a lectern-pounding speech to attendees of a journalism awards dinner. He proclaimed: “One thing we’re not is the opposition. We’ve never tried to be a part of the political debate, but people want to drag us into it. We shouldn’t take the bait. ...

Inside the Iowa House: Fixing the state budget

We’ve got about a month left in session and there is still a lot of work to get done before we adjourn for the year. Most of it is related to the state budget, which is the only thing that must be done before adjournment. After months of delays, House and Senate Republicans did finally ...

News from Des Moines

Week 11 Continued with floor debate on bills sent over from the Senate. • HJR 2009 - Constitutional Amendment for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms - This week the legislature took the first step to ensure Iowan’s Second Amendment freedoms are enshrined in the state Constitution for future ...

IVCCD moving forward, remaining relevant

I recently returned from a conference with other community college leaders from around the country where the time spent was on the topic of remaining relevant to the customers we serve. One of the speakers used the phrase, “Don’t get Netflixed!” What exactly does that mean? The answer was ...

Student Walkouts to the Polls

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students across Ohio walked out of schools to pay tribute to the 17 people killed — 14 of them teenagers — in last month’s gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In this same hour, a National Rifle Association spokeswoman sent ...

Democrats Can Take the House

Democrats Can Take the House, if They Just Pick Conor Lamb Over Hillary Clinton What if they held a special election and nobody won? That’s more or less what happened in southwestern Pennsylvania, in the special election to fill the vacancy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional ...

Tolerance Is a Two-Way Street

Throughout our educational system, labor force and pop culture, liberals everywhere push the notion of tolerance, inclusivity and diversity in virtually every aspect of our lives. They want even the most traditional and religious among us to part with traditional norms and accept a plethora of ...

In defense of cultural appropriation

I’m here to defend cultural appropriation. “Cross-cultural influence,” would be the less pejorative phrase. But the term above, with its connotations of grand-theft culture, is the one favored by some African-American activists who’ve had it up to here with nonblack performers ...

If a Conservative Speaks, Will Liberals Hear?

If a tree falls in a forest with no one around, does it make a noise? That grade school joke of sorts has a serious contemporary equivalent. It is increasingly clear that if a conservative speaks up, liberals will not actually hear it unless the conservative tells them what they want to hear. ...

Not a fan of check cashing companies

Dear Dave, How do you feel about check cashing companies? — Norman Dear Norman, I’m not a big fan of check cashing companies. They’re not nearly as bad as payday lenders, but it still seems kind of silly to me there’s even a market for this kind of thing. If you want a place to ...

50 St. Patrick’s Days Ago

After a lifetime spent in the company of the rogues, the rascals and, yes, the phonies of politics, I have concluded that American voters are searching for one of two presidential types: a warm conservative with a generous heart or a tough liberal with a steel backbone. As the late wise ...

Is the GOP Staring at Another 1930?

After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office. “The Republican Party has not been this dominant in 90 years,” went the exultant claim. A ...

Time for a little good news

It’s the one comment I have heard the most in my nearly 30 years in journalism: “There’s never anything good in the paper.” That sentiment was repeated recently by a city official who shared with other city employees her concerns about the “negativity” within articles and letters ...

Jim Wares: ‘Breaking Bad’ badly

I learned I feel sort of guilty … sort of dirty. You see, since last week, and this is difficult for me to admit, but I have been binge watching the 2008-13 television series "Breaking Bad". Yeppers! About three hours per day. I'm on season six. And this isn't the first time. A little over a ...

Kelly Van De Walle: Birthdays are fraught with peril

The best part about attending a birthday party for a four-year-old that isn’t yours is nothing. There is no good thing about it. It’s an event where a bunch of parents get together to awkwardly discuss things they don’t have in common while kids try to injure themselves in new and ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Plan ahead for Easter It’s not too early to start planning your Easter menu. Today I have sweet potato recipes that do not involve marshmallows! And the strawberries don’t only look good in the stores, they also taste good, so I have a recipe for a strawberry pie. Apricot Glazed Sweet ...

Hospital rules

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about visitors and visiting hours at hospitals. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: As an RN in a busy hospital, we often need to ask people to leave so the patient can get some rest, or to take a crying, sometimes screaming, toddler out of the ...