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Condoleezza Rice wants to move on

She concedes that what happened on Jan. 6 was “wrong.” It was, she told the hosts of “The View” last week, an “assault on law and order, and an assault on our democratic processes.” And Rice, a former national security adviser and secretary of state, thinks those who attacked and ...

The end of risk and the end of civilization

Human beings aren’t great at assessing risk. In 1979, psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky posited a new branch of behavioral economics, which they titled prospect theory. One of their key findings was that human beings are naturally loss-averse — we generally are willing to ...

The wall

George A. Haven, of Chatfield, Minnesota was a different sort of man, not odd, but well educated, and a fellow who townsfolk might say, “walks his own path.” He was president of the Root River State Bank, a contributor to the Root River Trail, and liked to travel—world travel. And in ...

National School Bus Safety Week offers important reminder

Big, yellow school buses are again a common sight on weekday mornings and afternoons in Marshalltown with the school year in full swing. National School Bus Safety Week, running from Oct. 18-22, offers a great opportunity for everyone to brush up on their school bus safety knowledge. The 2021 ...

Don’t let idiots ruin the economy

If your child needed an appendectomy, would you let President Joe Biden do the surgery? The answer, unless you’re depraved or some tragedy has rendered you incapable of rational thought, is obvious: “No.” Why? Because he’s not qualified. Let me point out something else that should ...

Vaccine passports and the freedom to travel

Ihave traveled internationally numerous times in my adult life, and I always experience something new. My husband and I just got back from 12 days in Italy and Poland, with a wealth of “first times.” We attended a friend’s ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica, a once-in-a-lifetime ...