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‘Semi-Retired’

They, the omniscient “they,” say that when you retire the majority of your time is taken up with doctor visits and funerals. I’d like to slap a gag order on whomever said that. Back in my working-and-family-rearing days, when I heard that statement, I thought, “Nope, that won’t be ...

Is the Trump impeachment an exercise in futility?

Now that Democrats have built a very strong factual case to impeach President Trump on abuse of Congress and of presidential power, it seems certain the House of Representatives will vote to impeach him. But then, just as certainly, the Republican-controlled Senate will acquit him in a vote a ...

Buttigieg’s big mistake: Telling the truth

This week, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has risen to the top of the heap in early Democratic presidential primary polling in Iowa and New Hampshire, came under serious sustained attack for the first time in his candidacy. Buttigieg’s early candidacy gained credibility thanks ...

Practicing family self-care

There is no doubt that the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be somewhat overwhelming and stressful for families. Although that is not the intention, we need to learn to take care of ourselves to improve overall health. Have you thought about practicing family self-care? Self-care is any ...

Gifts that keep on giving

Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to come earlier each year. Though the dates remain the same, the promotions from advertisers don’t. Christmas decorations are appearing before Halloween. Merchants can’t wait for Thanksgiving to end so they can promote “Black Friday,” itself beginning ...

Life-changing adult literacy

Improving the level of adult literacy in our area is one of the main aspirations of the staff at the Iowa Valley Education & Training Center (ETC). With locations in Marshalltown, Tama, Grinnell, Iowa Falls, and Eldora, more than 400 students were served at the centers this past year. ...

The impeachment pseudo-event

“The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America” is the title of a 1960s book by historian and librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin. Pseudo-events, he wrote, are staged solely to generate news media coverage. Real events involve independent actors and have unpredictable outcomes. ...

Calling all Patriots

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my parents gave me a Cabbage Patch doll with blonde hair and eyes that blinked. On the spot, I named her Gloria Steinem. “Think this through,” my father cautioned. My mother just smiled. By the time my daughter, Cait, could walk, Gloria ...

Trump Impeachment Theater offers two plotlines for Schiff

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, once considered becoming a screenwriter. But he abandoned glitzy Hollywood dreams for the meaty thrills of Washington intrigue. And as lord high inquisitor of Trump Impeachment Theater, he’s the ...

Whistleblower’s motivation: you decide

What do you think of when you hear the word “whistleblower”? Perhaps “tattletale” or “snitch” pop into your mind. Maybe the word conjures up the image of a person who, at great personal risk, comes forward to reveal illicit activity the public needs to know. Either way, as you have ...

Tips for preventing weight gain during the holiday season

Dear Readers, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I grew up in a farming community and by late November the harvest was usually complete. Crops that were a year in the making were out of the fields and rest could be had. The weather had turned to a cool, crisp air and there would be a ...

Will democrats in 2020 again ‘fall in love’?

There are large historical differences between America’s two major political parties in how they choose their presidential nominees. Consider this: Since 1952, there have been 11 presidential elections where there wasn’t a Republican president running for reelection. In 10 of those 11, ...

Let the people decide Trump’s fate

Was there linkage between the withholding of U.S. military aid and the U.S. demand for a Ukrainian state investigation of the Bidens? “Was there a quid pro quo?” This question has bedeviled this city for months now. “The answer is yes,” said U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon ...

Slow Corn Harvest

Midwestern corn farmers are hard at work harvesting this year’s corn crop, but they are still far behind schedule. As of last Sunday, only 76 percent of the U.S. corn crop had been harvested, well below the five-year average of 92 percent and the slowest pace in a decade. This year’s crop ...

Ancestry search not always joyful

From an early age Scott Pieper (pronounced “Pipe-er” not “Peep-er”) wanted to be a mortician. He wasn’t sure why. Growing up in Monmouth, Ill., with a mother, two brothers and a father who was a well-known and respected high school golf coach, the guidance counselor thought it odd ...

How to disunite America

This week, Chick-fil-A, the immensely popular Christian-owned chicken sandwich giant, caved to the cultural left. For years, the left targeted Chick-fil-A, dating back to the 2012 revelation that Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy supports traditional marriage — and, horror of horrors, that charities ...

Louisiana election may not be a crushing loss for conservatives

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won an impressive re-election victory on Saturday. But the most important lesson isn’t the one everyone is talking about. The Beltway buzz is almost entirely focused on how this was a defeat for President Trump. And, in fairness, Trump literally asked for it. ...

Republicans in Congress continue to dig in

The first three days of the House Democrats’ impeachment case against President Trump have provided further evidence of his complicity in seeking political dirt on 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden. But the Republicans on Capitol Hill show no signs yet of abandoning him. Tuesday’s ...

Trump’s firing offensive

As former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was testifying last Friday at the congressional impeachment hearings, the tyrannical 2-year-old occupying the Oval Office busied himself on Twitter trying to smear her. Presumably, there are no grown-ups left to mind him. There he was, ...

Israel’s right to its ancient land

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced U.S policy toward Israel’s “settlements” is reverting to one held by the Reagan administration; that is the right of Israelis to settle in the ancient lands of Judea and Samaria “is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.” This ...