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Newspapers protect your First Amendment rights

With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five — no six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of ...

Trump Invades the Democratic Party

President Trump’s path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden. It’s not the Iowa and New Hampshire polls that freak out Trump. These contests are dominated by the white liberal gentry, not Biden’s huge ...

What Democrats today really want

Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American public servant with characteristics all too rare today — integrity, intelligence, wisdom. Moynihan was a Democrat who would find a hard time being at home in today’s Democratic Party. He was a policy adviser in Democratic — Kennedy — and ...

First Amendment binds all American freedoms

Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment. The blood of patriots is the seed of the Republic. The founders and those who followed in their footsteps invested their lives ...

Honors programs: What are you capable of accomplishing?

Community Colleges have always been a haven for education by providing opportunities for all those who strive to continue their learning, start a new career, or continue their path toward a new life. Sometimes perceived as a second choice for high achieving students, community colleges across ...

This impeachment won’t work

This is not a column about impeaching our current president. This is a column about the impeachment process and the history of the legal route our nation is obliged to follow to oust a federal official. In the 231 years since the U.S. Constitution was ratified, Congress has seriously ...

Domestic violence is a significant problem

October is Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention month. Domestic violence is a significant problem facing all communities. Consider for a moment that in Marshalltown the police department investigated 306 domestic violence related calls for service and made 117 domestic ...

The age issue

Is there such a thing as being too old to be president? In the fall of 1984, in his closing statement in the first presidential debate, then-President Ronald Reagan seemed to lose his way on a California highway. That’s right; he was talking on and on about this trip on a California highway, ...

Idiotic environmental predictions

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Dietitian, My thirteen-year-old daughter started a new healthy eating program about six months ago. She seems obsessed with healthy eating and sometimes refuses to eat when she stays over at a friend’s house. I am concerned about her behavior. Is this something serious or will she grow ...

Time to look at the record

“History never looks like history when you are living through it” wrote John Gardner. “It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.” Forty-five years after President Richard Nixon faced certain impeachment by the House of Representatives and Nixon, ...

Which America speaks to Hong Kong?

Celebrating 70 years of Communist Party rule, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stood in the open sunroof of a Red Flag limousine and shouted, “Greetings, comrades,” to the masses below. Xi wore a Mao-style suit to his giant military parade, which featured a missile that could carry 10 nuclear ...

Democrats, show me the message

We long ago established that Donald Trump is a bad guy. We’ve multiple times said, “This is it. They’ve got to get rid of him.” So what’s so new and awful that the president of the United States must now be impeached? Maybe a lot; maybe not so much. The Department of Justice has ...

Donald Trump’s civil war

“If Democrats are successful in removing the president from office (which they never will be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” — Donald Trump, roughly quoting Robert Jeffress, a conservative Dallas preacher What if he’s ...

Trump’s effort to damage Biden could backfire badly

Is President Trump going to get Joe Biden elected? Opinions vary widely on how to characterize Trump’s now-infamous conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The president believes it was “perfect” and “beautiful.” In the middle are those who think it was bad and ...

Hocus focus

Does your mind wander? Do your managers stop you in the middle of presentations to ask, “What are you thinking?” Do you constantly lose your car keys, not remembering you don’t own a car? These are classic symptoms of people who have trouble with focus. I’m not a neurologist, or a ...

The plight of a whistleblower

“My teacher says we need to protect the whistleblowers,” my 7-year-old said. These kids, I thought. They know everything. My son talks about Donald Trump and politics casually with his friends the way I do with mine. It unnerves me. I grew up right outside of Washington, D.C., and I ...

‘Farewell Scott Watson’

If you have a chance to get this book, grab it up. You won’t be disappointed. I had a Facebook message from a Scott Watson in Douds. He is a SE Iowa dirt track announcer and had written a book about his thirty-some years of announcing. He was asking me if I would proof it. I agreed and told ...

USA’s global leadership status is in great peril

USA’s global leadership status is in great peril Long-term diplomatic relationships and trade continuity are a couple goals of most civilized countries. All was well and in close-to-perfect order until President Trump upset the trade relationship basket with his ill-conceived and reckless ...

Drought down South

Temperatures across the South are sweltering and are rapidly creating drought conditions. Thermometers in many cities topped 100 degrees in recent days and recent months have been record hot with less than half of normal rainfall. For many farmers, the high heat and dry conditions are hurting ...