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Only in Top Gun can the military solve all of our problems

Somewhere at a theater near you, Top Gun: Maverick is serving up a feel-good drama about a plucky U.S. Navy pilot who dispatches some unnamed bad guys before he gets the girl. Meanwhile, a real-life drama is unfolding in Washington around the massive resources we put into the real U.S. ...

10 ways to enjoy summer in Marshalltown

Summer is here and if you’re looking for something to do in Marshalltown here is a quick list of ways to enjoy the season. 1. Take a day on the Linn Creek Recreational Trail You can’t beat some time on the trail, head through the wooded area by Grimes Farm, meander through town, hear the ...

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Jan. 6 committee

We’re only a couple installments into the limited-run production of the Jan. 6 hearings, and so far, I think they’ve been great. But I also think they’ll leave almost everyone, except for me, unsatisfied. For many Democrats and Never Trumpers, the hope is — or was — that this would ...

Joe Biden’s economy is a disaster

This week, the stock market took a turn into bear territory on the heels of yet another brutal monthly inflation report. With the Federal Reserve considering larger rate hikes in order to tamp down record inflation, the possibility of a near-term recession now looms quite large, despite the ...

Behold marigolds, flower power is back!

Brad Heald is at it again. He has an old 1948 Chevy Dump Truck sitting alongside Hwy. 34, at the east entrance/exit to New London, filled and overflowing with marigolds. Yup. It started in 2018 when, in honor and celebration of his daughter, Coral’s wedding, which they conducted right there ...

What was the Left thinking?

Whether you’re contemplating San Francisco voters’ recall of left-wing District Attorney Chesa Boudin or the plight of Democrats nationally as they face voters’ dismay at out-of-control inflation, immigration and crime, the question is liable to come to mind: What were they ...