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Closing the door on ads

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about too many junk flyers: “Dear Heloise: I want people to please stop leaving ads for various restaurants, child care, lawn and tree-trimming services, religious information and all the other info. It’s stuffed in my door, left on the porch or, ...

If Republicans Don’t Make a Move, They Deserve to Lose

Politics is the art of shifting the playing field. This is an art Republicans simply don’t understand. Perhaps it’s because they spend so much time attempting to stop the Democratic snowball from running downhill too quickly, but Republicans in power have an unfortunate tendency to ...

Football’s enjoyment is on a fade pattern

Autumn, which is bearing down upon us like a menacing linebacker, is, as John Keats said, a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Actually, Keats, a romantic, did not mention that last part. He died before the birth of the subject of a waning ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

Leviticus 19:28 prohibits self-mutilation of any sort, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you.” This prohibition was mainly because such self-mutilation was practiced in several pagan cults. A good illustration of this may be found in I ...

Future Files

Hurricanes hitting the Southeast United States have typically caused extreme swings in commodity markets as they attempt to assess threats and damage to the natural resources that we depend on for our food, fuel, clothing and shelter. • Citrus Crops — The southern half of Florida is ...

‘We The People’

Did you know that Sept. 17 marks the 230th anniversary for the signing of the U.S. Constitution? Deemed as Constitution and Citizenship Day, each educational program who receives federal funds is required to hold an education program about the constitution. However, you can be your child’s ...

On taxes and immigration: look to Hungary

Congress has returned to Washington after another unearned vacation and faces at least two immediate challenges, in addition to the familiar ritual of raising the debt ceiling. President Trump has called the indecipherable U.S. tax code “self-destructive.” He has also decided to end the ...

Bullying … when will it stop

Recently, a child took his life due to bullying. It’s terrible that when a child is bullied so badly that he can’t face another year in school, he only sees one way out. Who are these kids that think they can do this to another and there are no consequences. This must change! It is ...

Truth Suffers in Defense of Antifa

For decades, liberal journalists have often tried to discredit conservative protest movements, from the tea party to the pro-lifers, by smearing them with violent extremists. So it’s fascinating to read liberal Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan warn on Sept. 4 against tarring ...

Attitude check: ‘Tell me something good!’

As the Iowa State Fair draws to a close each August, those of us who are passionate about our work in the field of education are anxious for the return of our faculty and students. Throughout Iowa Valley Community College District, there is an obvious renewed sense of excitement as our campuses ...

There Is No Pardoning Joe Arpaio

Nearly 10 years before Donald Trump pardoned him, Joe Arpaio made clear his racism, in a most public way. In an appearance on CNN, the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff grinned after host Lou Dobbs asked him how he felt about being compared to the Ku Klux Klan. “Well, you know, they call ...

Time to Drop Colleges’ Racial Quotas and Preferences

When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for more than a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal. That thought was prompted by a New York Times story headlined “Even With Affirmative ...

The Price Rises on Houston’s ‘Cheap’ Housing

As the floodwaters recede, much of Houston’s famously “affordable” housing may seem less of a bargain. We’re not just talking about rising rents, inevitable with so many units destroyed. We are talking about the emotional cost of having to move in with friends, rebuild and buy new ...

Alan Gratz’s novel ‘Refugee’ demands your humanity

“ ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “ — Matthew 25:44-45 They are the ...

The Devil’s Silence

Reflect for a moment, if you will, on a gathering of Christians in Nashville, TN, a week ago. A few hundred of the most prominent Christian leaders in the country across all denominations came together to sign what is being called “The Nashville Statement.” The statement merely reaffirms ...

Who Defines Hate?

As if recent events don’t give us enough to worry about, now we have a new missive in The Atlantic from former Vice President Joe Biden concerning the incident in Charlottesville. Biden wants to declare America a hate-free zone. He says we should declare “no place for these hate groups ...

Pre-paid debit cards for kids?

Dear Dave, I’ve seen lots of companies marketing pre-paid debit cards for kids. They seem to position them as a way parents can set spending limits for their children. Do you think these are a good idea? It seems to me they are just a form of conditioning to get kids to rely on cards. — ...

What Harvey Wrought

Like 9/11, Hurricane Harvey brought us together. In awe at the destruction 50 inches of rain did to East Texas and our fourth-largest city and in admiration as cable television showed countless hours of Texans humanely and heroically rescuing and aiding fellow Texans in the worst natural ...

Reprimand to Trump from Pittsburgh Voters: ‘It’s Not About You’

On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give “a word or a feeling about Donald Trump.” The answers from this group ...

Our better nature

I learned war is a funny thing. War! Hahaha! There is a notion called the "deep roots theory of war." It implies war is an innate quality of our humanness…that war is in our genes. E.O. Wilson, who has been called the father of sociobiology, has said war is "humanity's hereditary curse…" ...