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A new ‘smoking gun’ witness upends impeachment drama

A key associate of Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has declared President Donald Trump “knew exactly what was going on” in the scheme to get political dirt from Ukrainian officials on former Vice President Joe Biden. Against the backdrop of the Senate Republican majority pledging a ...

The art of educating everyone

The January – August 2020 EdVenture, Iowa Valley Continuing Education’s class schedule, was recently mailed and distributed to communities across the Iowa Valley service area. Registration is now in full swing for a multitude of courses that range from short-term career training to ...

What I’d like to hear from candidates

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of holding on to the two weak articles of impeachment against President Trump was starting to rattle some Democrats, who felt they were losing the political battle. Last Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters, “If we’re going to do it, ...

Universities routinely ignore and violate basic civil rights

This column might win me no fans on college campuses, but there is something that must be said. Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guaranteed of due process. They say they are acting ...

Trump responds to Iran’s act of War

In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven’t seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime’s attacks on America this past week and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. The similarity is that both ...

Trump brays, and the congregation cheers

The day after he ordered the strike that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump showed up at an evantgelical church in Miami to cast himself as a modern-day savior of Christianity. This may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely ...

Tornado bunker

On Christmas, my husband got a signed picture of Carson Wentz, the quarterback of his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn’t get it from me. “Great,” he said. “For the man cave.” He caught my eye across the room and added the word “someday.” The ...

Congress: War profiteering is real. We need to end it.

The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. But ...

Falsehood is the infection

Here’s a riddle: What do Victor Davis Hanson, Dennis Prager and Ricky Gervais have in common? Hanson published an excellent piece at National Review online on Jan. 7. Titled “The Steele Dossier Bacillus,” Hanson summarizes the evident defects in the substance of the dossier compiled by ...

Time to get back to normal routines

Dear Readers, Another year is behind us and now it’s time to get back to normal routines. Many of us, including myself, have overeaten during the holidays; it’s just part of it. It’s a great time with family, close friends and homemade desserts. Every year a family friend bakes a ...

Hatred slashes the bonds of brotherhood

Another news cycle brings with it the news of yet another anti-Semitic attack targeting America’s Jewish community, as well as a fresh attack on Christian worshippers at a church in Texas. The scourge of bigoted hatred is not just alive and well; it is actually enjoying an uptick in this ...

As with everything else, Trump is following his gut on Iran

President Trump often talks about leaving the Middle East, getting out of “endless wars” and spending our resources here at home under a policy of “America First.” So it was quite a moment when, on Sunday night, he threatened to impose “very big sanctions” on Iraq if the Iraqi ...

John Lewis, the conscience of the nation

My favorite picture of John Lewis is a mugshot. It’s from Mississippi in 1961, one of the earliest of an eventual 40-plus arrests he would undergo in the cause of freedom. Facing the state penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi, and the many hells that portended for a black man in the Jim ...

Iran: All Smoke, No Fire

On Tuesday night, Iran retaliated against the United States with a series of missile strikes against Iraqi military bases that housed U.S. troops. The attack was in response to the U.S. assassination of the Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike last ...

Happy new tears!

Remember way back in 2019? You made a bold resolution — a promise to yourself that you would stop being a wimp at work. Instead, you would gird your loins and loin your girds and finally ask for that promotion you so richly deserve. And you did it! You cornered your slippery sleaze of a ...

Treasure hunter

Larry stuck the yardstick under the laundromat washer and scraped around. He pulled out a soggy dollar bill, three quarters and some pennies. He went to the next washer and found nothing. At the third, he hit the jackpot — quarters, dimes, nickels and a five dollar bill. The money must have ...

Trump’s Iran policy isn’t the problem; Obama’s was

This week, President Donald Trump launched a global round of teeth gnashing when he ordered the killing of the greatest terrorist leader in the modern Middle East, Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was unquestionably responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq and ...

Was the Soleimani killing a policy success?

There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...

Be our neighbor

I grew up with him and maybe you did too. Mr. Rogers, a television celebrity in my day, welcomed us into his neighborhood during the weekdays. His children’s program focused on the early years, teaching children about how to deal with big emotions and difficult situations. Mr. Rogers’ ...

It’s war: Are we in it to win it?

Responding to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the latest escalation. Yes, that would be ideal, but a ...