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Americans need more ‘can do,’ not more candidates

Watching the political process play out is more discouraging each election cycle. Even the freshest faces in the field eventually descend to the level that handlers and pollsters tell them they must in order to win: criticizing other candidates in the same party (many of whom they’ll have to ...

The Democrats and the 1919 World Series

Watching Democratic presidential aspirants is like watching, a century ago, the 1919 World Series, when discerning spectators thought: Some of the White Sox are trying to lose. Michael Boskin, chairman of President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and currently at Stanford’s ...

Baltimore, land of political footballs

Back in April 2015, a young black man named Freddie Gray was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department. He’d run from the police, had an illegal knife in his pocket and resisted arrest. The police loaded him into the back of the van but allegedly failed to secure him in place. During the ...

Trump doubles down on racism

Not satisfied with calling on four congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from, President Trump has now targeted one of the most distinguished black congressmen, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, with his slander and venom. In a series of tweets, Trump castigated Cummings ...

Trump exposes Democrat attachment to Sharpton

There is clearly a method in Donald Trump’s Twitter madness. During the latest furor over Trump’s tweets about rat-infested neighborhoods in Baltimore, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced he would come to Baltimore and stand up for the community. Trump tweeted in reply: “Al is a con man, a ...

Smelling rats in Baltimore

Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that House Government Oversight Committee ...

Ownership, not government spending, will shrink wealth gap

With the next round of Democratic presidential candidate debates upon us, we will surely hear more about government activism to fix racial inequalities. Inequality is real and needs attention. According to the Urban Institute, average white household wealth in 2016 was $171,000 compared ...

A big Wednesday for ‘Populists’ on both sides of the Atlantic

Power shifted Wednesday, on both sides of the Atlantic. In Washington, the dim performance of Robert Mueller, in the hearings House Democrats insisted on, took the last air out of the Collusiongate balloon. The notion that Donald Trump would be hounded out of office has been revealed as the ...

So, no Oscar for Mueller?

Minutes after Robert Mueller III had completed his first round of Wednesday’s congressional testimony, journalists and pundits started weighing in — on his acting abilities. Mueller was “boring” and “phlegmatic.” His performance was “a disaster,” “painful” and “deeply ...

Ready. Fire. Aim.

Democrats headed into 2020 are where Republicans were headed into 2012 — firing as many silver bullets as they can but aiming badly. Just as Barack Obama got reelected in 2012, it looks increasingly likely Donald Trump could get reelected in 2020. And like Obama in 2012, he can thank the ...

Being a racist is easy today

Years ago, it was hard to be a racist. You had to be fitted for and spend money on a white gown and don a pointy hat. You celebrated racism by getting some burlap, wrapping it around a cross, setting it ablaze and dancing around it carrying torches. Sometimes, as did Lester Maddox, you had to ...

Dear Dietitian

Chances are many of you who are reading this are taking some type of herbal supplement. Be it ginseng for better energy, saw palmetto for prostate health or echinacea to improve immunity, many are turning to natural remedies for their health. It is important to know that herbal supplements ...

Stop Looking for a Democratic Donald Trump

Our vote for president is the most “personal” vote we Americans get to cast. We’re far more likely to base our choice for the U.S. House or the Senate on issues — such as health care costs, immigration or the environment — than we are our presidential choice. In a presidential ...

After Mueller debacle, where do Democrats go?

The Democrats who were looking to cast Robert Mueller as the star in a TV special, “The Impeachment of Donald Trump,” can probably tear up the script. They’re gonna be needing a new one. For six hours Wednesday, as three cable news networks and ABC, CBS and NBC all carried live the ...

Thank you, Marshalltown

In the past year I’ve seen Marshalltown’s best asset on display over and over again: great people who rise to the occasion. From tornado recovery, supporting one another through difficult tragedies and forging ahead on community initiatives, Marshalltownians get things done and they do it ...

Fresh garden vegetable recipes

Today’s recipes feature fresh garden vegetables for two. Scalloped Corn 1 c. uncooked corn, cut from ear 1 egg 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 bell pepper, diced 1/2 c. whipping cream Bread crumbs Preheat oven 325 degrees. Beat egg and combine with all ingredients, except bread ...

The color of her skin

Going out on a limb here: Donald Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything. And all of those observable facts seem to sit quite well with his base of supporters, most Republicans of Congress and, apparently, with the ...

Honorary whiteness must be one powerful drug

You had to become an “honorary white.” That was the status South Africa used to bestow upon black performers from the United States who visited the apartheid regime. The O’Jays, Tina Turner, Ray Charles and Eartha Kitt were among those who received that designation, allowing them access ...

Was Trump’s ‘go back’ tweet malice or ignorance?

Many of President Trump’s most passionate fans and foes share an odd tendency: Both groups believe his most controversial actions are premeditated and reflective of deeply held beliefs. They think this despite Trump saying on numerous occasions that he doesn’t believe in doing much ...

Thru-hiking with my family

When I was a kid, my dad and I would hike the Appalachian Trail, each summer picking up where we had left off the year before. We never got very far. Just long enough for that time when we stumbled across some black bear cubs — no mama to be found, though she was undoubtedly nearby — and I ...