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Metals heat up

Gold and silver are shining as investors rush into the precious metals. Gold reached a six-year high this week, topping $1450 per ounce. This golden rally has been inspired by investors concerned about falling interest rates, currency devaluation, rising inflation, and stock prices at all-time ...

The news cycle without Trump’s tweets

Let’s pretend President Trump didn’t tweet. Let’s live in a universe where the president of the United States didn’t see fit to insert himself into every controversy, to comment on every passing event, to blast out his inner monologue before tens of millions of Americans each morning ...

Democrats need broader mission than just beating Trump

The obvious unifying element for Democrats looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election is their imperative to oust Donald Trump from the Oval Office. They desire it for a multitude of reasons, starting with his glaring incompetence for the job and the rampant corruption in his regime. But ...

Minimum wage laws are a terrible idea

Democrats in Congress have again brought the minimum wage to the national political stage. Legislation moving forward in the House, H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, would increase the national minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour in increments spanning the next five ...

Skipping the Philly fanatics at netroots nation

The radical fringe of the left came to Philadelphia last weekend for the annual Netroots Nation conference. It was extremist enough that only four Democrat presidential contenders dared to show their face there. By contrast, more than 10 came to Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network ...

America: Love it or leave it (again)

The phrase “America, Love It or Leave It” has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy Era. In the ‘70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to leave the country if a Republican is ...

The many lessons of Megan Rapinoe

Mercy, was that a moment. First, Megan Rapinoe was on the receiving end of a three-tweet rant from Donald Trump. He was livid that she had told Sports Illustrated that she would not visit the White House as long as he’s in it. She flicked that gnat off her shoulder, and then she and her ...

Democrats: Prisoners of the past on the economy

We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened — or that we remember as having happened — constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination. But it can also be a pitfall for politicians, particularly for those seeking ...

Things haven’t always been this way

Here’s a suggestion. How about setting up some high school rifle clubs? Students would bring their own rifles to school, store them with the team coach and, after classes, collect them for practice. You say: “Williams, you must be crazy! To prevent gun violence, we must do all we can to ...

Good news for President Trump

Turns out the winner of the Democrats’ first series of debates was President Trump. According to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, after the Democrats debated, Trump’s approval rating went up to 44% among all Americans. But that is not really the number to focus on. A poll of all ...

American flag stands for freedom, not racism

A new Gallup poll shines a spotlight on the deep political divide in America and surely points to what the upcoming presidential election will be about. Gallup asked, “How proud are you to be an American?” Seventy-six percent of Republicans said “extremely proud” compared with 22 ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, For many of us, it’s a morning must-have, almost a medical necessity. We just aren’t functional until we’ve had that good-to-the-last-drop cup of coffee. Coffee has hit the news lately. Is it good for you or is it not? Studies are conflicting, which is no surprise. Some ...

How not to score a goal in the global trade war

President Donald Trump likes to keep score. Well, here’s a score for him: America, zero; while the rest of the world keeps tallying up free trade points. That’s right; while American consumers have been waiting for well over a year to see some resolution to the various trade disputes ...

Are Yanks and Brits going their separate ways?

When Sir Kim Darroch’s secret cable to London was leaked to the Daily Mail, wherein he called the Trump administration “dysfunctional ... unpredictable ... faction-riven ... diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the odds on his survival as U.K. ambassador plummeted. When President Donald ...

Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to Marshalltown

At the Chamber’s Annual Banquet on June 6, it was announced that the Chamber would now be the over-arching organization for economic development and tourism activities, merging Marshall Economic Development, Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Chamber into a single ...

Crock pot recipes

It’s too hot to cook, so get out the crock pot. Crockpot Barbecued Ribs 3 lbs. lean country-style pork ribs, trimmed of any excess fat Salt & pepper, to taste 1 cup catsup 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1 tbsp. prepared steak sauce 1 tsp. celery seed 1 tsp. prepared spicy mustard 1/2 tsp. ...

What will we do in a future without newspapers?

The Vindy announced its death about a week before Jeffrey Epstein was arrested. Though the timing was only a coincidence, the juxtaposition speaks volumes about the state of American journalism. Epstein, as you likely know, is the billionaire money manager who was taken into custody Saturday ...

Political leanings can’t be reduced to genetic programming

Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I’ve come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldviews than many on the right or left are ...

Bachelorette goodies

Last week, I was visiting my parents in the home I grew up in. As always, they sent me home with relics of my youth that they found too precious to part with but no longer wanted cluttering their closets. Often, these items are tiny time capsules that can bring a tear to my eye. Whether it is ...

Don’t mess with her yard

A man ran across Sharon Bortz’s back yard. He had his shirt off and was wearing gray pants with a stripe down the side. The man had his shirt balled up in his fist as he ran. Sharon said to her neighbor lady across the fence, “That’s a prisoner.” The neighbor lady said, “Oh, it ...