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The Long Week of the Leaked McCain Insult

Our “news” media are addicted to damaging internal leaks from the Trump White House, especially when the leaks make Team Trump look wildly insensitive. The two most common words in the press today are “sources say.” Now the country is spending a week with the media demanding a public ...

As Obamacare Premiums Soar, Dems Lie

America has a health insurance problem because politicians would rather lie about it than solve it. Obamacare regulations caused premiums for people buying their own insurance to more than double between 2013 and 2017, and then soar even higher in 2018. With huge hikes predicted again in 2019, ...

Stop the summer learning slide

Teachers and parents know that with the joy of summer also comes the lazy days of potential summer learning slide. Sitting idle for as long as three months could potentially undo the gains made throughout the year and affect how successfully a student will adjust to the coming new school year. ...

You, Too, Would Do This to Save the Life of Your Child

Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights, I sat in an Alabama church pew with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. He wore the flushed, impatient face of someone who had to be there. Sessions sat on the other side of my husband, his colleague ...

Propaganda Networks

Why does American journalist Abby Martin report for media run by socialist murderers? Martin once worked for RT, Russia’s state-run news network. Now she’s got a similar gig at teleSUR, an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist news network funded by Latin American leftists. I’d never ...

Death by Conformity

The Boy Scouts of America have always been a pretty explicitly faith-based organization. Though nondenominational, references to God and Creator were woven within the Boy Scouts’ documents and behaviors. The organization grounded itself in a worldview that is archaic in modern times, ...

How did we ever forget this song?

It’s like listening to a song you used to know. It’s an old sweet song, a hymn of hope and possibility. It’s a tune you haven’t heard in far too long. That’s how it is when Rev. Dr. William Barber speaks morality. It’s not just that Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church ...

Recognizing local law enforcement

On May 13-19, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 is National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have given their lives in protection of our communities across the United ...

In the Legislature

Another busy pro-Iowa, pro-growth year in the 87th General Assembly has come to a close. A big promise was kept for Iowans. This session the legislature passed historic tax relief for Iowa taxpayers and families. Iowa has the fourth highest top individual tax rate, and that top rate is ...

Help them help themselves

Dear Dave, My parents have always been bad with money, and recently they lost their home to foreclosure. They found another place to live, and they both work, but since the foreclosure my dad has been asking me for money on a regular basis. He tries to make me feel guilty, and he calls or ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Since there is no cooking by moms today, I have some easy recipes for children and dads. Cheesy Mac and Franks 6 oz. dry elbow macaroni 4 frankfurters, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 3/4 lb. Velveeta, cubed 2/3 c. milk 2 tsp. prepared mustard 1/4 tsp. pepper Cook macaroni according to ...

Happy Mother’s Day

Editor’s note: At the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this amended column originally published on May 10, 2015. Over the years, I’ve struggled to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. It’s been an ongoing battle for the past 50 years and while I’ve come close, I ...

Jim Wares: The case for impeachment of my brain

I learned that once upon a time, long, long ago, about an hour, I believed with everything I am in this one unassailable certainty … that I eat so much because I need the strength to cook. Now, it's a hard, hard thing for me to realize I have been so very wrong. It's a painful thing. It's ...

Kelly Van De Walle: A research guide to mothers

It should come to no surprise to regular readers that while I have ample parenting expertise and provide sage wisdom to children that they giddily ignore, I have little experience being a mother, the result of having a little too little equipment in one area an excess of another. However, I ...

No deal with Iran; energy markets explode

President Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States was withdrawing from the multilateral nuclear accord between the U.S., Iran, Russia, China and European allies, maintaining a campaign promise. He also announced that his administration would impose harsh sanctions on Iran, which could ...

Freeing Predators to Bilk Little People Hurts Everyone

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Draining the Food Stamp Swamp

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform — and justifiably so. The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion. The Trump ...

The weight makes the eggs

Dear Readers: Have you ever wondered what makes a LARGE EGG LARGE? Let’s look at how eggs are sized. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (www.usda.gov) has designated six sizes of eggs, and their weights: one Jumbo egg is a minimum of 63 grams; an Extra Large egg is a minimum of 56 grams; ...

Inside the Iowa House

Inside the Iowa House Many years ago, my great uncle purchased a grocery store in Hopkins, Mo., from a previous owner. When he and his family started preparing the store for the grand opening, they found that many of the items they thought were on the shelves were actually empty containers and ...