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Bill de Blasio is on the way out, but his mindset lingers

As his two terms as New York’s mayor approach their end, and long after his presidential campaign ended with a whimper, Bill de Blasio has chimed in with one last act of destruction: a proposal to end the public schools’ entry-by-exam gifted and talented program for first graders. De ...

Are the good times over for Joe?

“When sorrows come,” said King Claudius, “they come not single spies but in battalions.” As the king found out. So it seems with President Joe Biden, who must be asking himself the question Merle Haggard asked: “Are the good times really over for good?” Consider the critical ...

Too much sugar

Dear Dietitian, I’ve been working hard on eating healthy this year, and I read your column regularly. I have been surprised at how much sugar is in foods that I thought were good for me. Do you have a list of these foods? Thank you, Angela Dear Angela, Remember, it’s the food ...

A jerk and his job may soon be parted

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a private employer to get rid of a worker deemed bad for business, he or she can. Such appears to be the fate of Jon Gruden, who resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders football coach after a trove of racist, sexist and homophobic utterings ...

The Orpheum ‘playbill’ is still being written

Since the Orpheum was built in 1948 by the Radio Keith Orpheum (RKO) Company, a major movie studio of Hollywood’s Golden Age, it has been a cornerstone of downtown Marshalltown. While several entities have owned the historical theater, in reality the theater truly belongs to the ...

A third party could impose some pain on Trumpified GOP

In 2020, many on the right had modest hopes for President Biden. The hope hinged on the not implausible theory that he would govern as a centrist because that’s how he campaigned. Biden did markedly better than Hillary Clinton’s 2016 performance with Republican-friendly constituencies. ...