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Donald Trump searches for a boo-free zone

Donald Trump is headed for Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the big football game between the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University. Why, we might wonder, would a president who is facing impeachment want to spend valuable prep time in a football stadium in ...

The 2 parties’ very different fields of candidates

Have you noticed that the two parties’ fields of presidential candidates have, in the past two election cycles, grown enormously larger than (if not necessarily superior to) those in past years? Where parties used to have two to five serious candidates to choose from, Republicans had 17 in ...

Republicans, not Russians, threaten our elections

Republicans are less likely to win elections when voter turnout is high. It’s true: Four of the five states with the highest voter turnout voted blue in the last presidential and midterm elections. All are crucial swing states. In 2016, the one that didn’t — Wisconsin — instituted a ...

It’s time to fight the real corruption

The Democratic Party, the press and the high-powered lawyers who protect both have been working for years to try to convince the American public that President Donald Trump is a traitor, and that his election was a scam procured by corruption and international intrigue. That is the biggest ...

How much fiber does a body good?

Dear Dietician, I recently had surgery to correct a small bowel obstruction. I have been following a low fiber diet, but now I’ve been instructed to transition to a high fiber diet. My question is how much fiber do I need and should I increase it all at once? —Betty Dear Betty, For ...

One way to honor Vets is to protect the Postal Service

I’m a veteran from a family of veterans. After serving in the Marine Corps, I got a good-paying postal job that put me on a solid path to financial security. Now I lead the Detroit Area Local for the American Postal Workers Union. Our 1,500 members include many veterans, some of whom I served ...

We need steady leadership — not fire-starters, to guide a divided nation

The current state of American politics is eerily reminiscent of the wildfires that recently engulfed the state of California. The conditions are right, the tinder is dry, the crosswinds are high, and the landscape is ripe for conflagration. This is why it’s incumbent upon our political ...

The kids may ‘OK’ this Boomer to their heart’s content

So I guess “OK Boomer” is a thing now. And I gather I’m supposed to be offended by it. Certainly, some people seem to be. The saying — a dismissive eye roll from Generation Z to their elders — is suddenly all the rage. It appears on hoodies, headlines, tweets and memes, this ...

Saudi Arabia Pumps Up Oil Price

The world’s most profitable company is going to go on sale soon. Aramco, an oil-producing company exclusively held by Saudi Arabian elites, is expected to have its initial public offering in December, holding a valuation between $1 and $2 trillion. Although they would be selling just a ...

Trump derangement syndrome is real: just ask Melania

#TrumpDerangementSyndrome isn’t just a hashtag making the rounds on social media or a conservative talking point directed at those on the left whose unhinged hate for President Donald Trump has hindered their ability to think straight or act rationally. It’s a real disease that has ...

Moderation and good manners actually win elections

Moderation along with good manners delivered impressive victories to Democrats this week. Case in point was Andy Beshear’s win over Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor’s race. Beshear’s margin was slim, it is true, but Kentucky is a state that backed Donald ...

Keokuk’s National Cemetery for Veterans

The little green sign at 18th and Main Street, in downtown Keokuk, doesn’t really do it justice. One of the oldest National Cemeteries in the United States, older than Arlington National Cemetery, is located in Keokuk. It is perhaps one of Iowa’s, or the Tri-State area’s, best kept ...

Is Elizabeth Warren set to fall?

This has been an awful week for the purported new 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. For months, Warren has received nearly unmitigated praise from the media for her bevy of “plans.” She’s been praised as “wonkish” and “brainy” and ...

Warren and Trump may have more in common than you think

Culturally, Elizabeth Warren is a lot more like Donald Trump than you might think. Hold on. I know: Going by their personal lives, their demeanors and their ideological agendas, they’re apples and oranges. But apples and oranges actually have a lot in common: They’re both fruits, they’re ...

Gov. Cuomo to native Trump: ‘Good riddance’

President Trump’s decision to leave his native New York to reside in Florida has all the marks of fleeing not only the state’s taxes but also the pursuit of his income tax returns by prosecutors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in effect handed Trump his hat on the way out the door with a curt “Good ...

Clarence Thomas speaks

Nearly everyone has an impression of him — and most are mistaken. For, if they knew Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas better, they’d most likely be celebrating and naming streets after him. Thomas is an American hero. Born to nothing, he grew up knowing only hard labor and unyielding ...

Who needs spiritual advisers?

As far as I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy, who sometimes advised them, to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members. Until the presidency of Richard Nixon. It was during Nixon’s administration that Charles Colson began mobilizing the ...

Closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities

Historically across the state of Iowa, students with disabilities have not been making acceptable achievement gains. In fact, in a span of 12 years, Iowa went from 5th to 25th in national student reading performance. The gap in performance between Iowa’s learners with and without disabilities ...

The Christian Right’s loud-mouthed wrong

Last Sunday, former Vice President Joe Biden attended 9 a.m. mass at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina. He was in the state for his presidential campaign, but this early morning visit was reportedly intended as personal time, without journalists in tow. It didn’t ...

Our tax system rewards polluters

Last year, the biggest fossil fuel companies paid zero dollars in taxes — and actually received billions in rebates. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who sparked student protests across the globe, had this to tell the UN General Assembly in New York: “People are ...