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State of the midterms

Last December, the midterm outlook looked bleak for Republicans. With the Democrats enjoying a 13-point lead on the Generic Ballot, pundits talked of a “big blue wave.” The question was not whether the Democrats would win the two dozen seats needed to gain control of the House, but whether ...

Education, housing and quality of life

When we consider economic/community development, what are some of the hot button areas that we prioritize? The Marshalltown Regional Partnership (MRP) Strategic Plan shows that education, housing and quality of life are priority topics that we focus on … and for good reason. Our MRP ...

For some, ‘faith’ has little to do with Jesus

Today, we will discuss one of the most pressing threats to American Christianity. Meaning, of course, American Christians. Yes, that’s an overly broad statement. All those Christians whose faith requires them to live the Good News, to feed the hungry, to house the homeless, speak for the ...

The media’s bias is showing

On Wednesday, President Trump answered a sheriff’s question about the MS-13 gang. The president referred to the gang members as animals. The American political press swung into action to declare President Trump had called all immigrants animals. It did not take a rocket scientist to read the ...

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But Pyongyang had ...

Which Politicians Look Like Their Home State?

West Virginia — which, between 2015 and 2016, was the only state to see both more deaths than births and more citizens move out than move in — could understandably be expected to be somewhat unwelcoming to the recent arrival who seeks public office. The Mountain State’s last surviving ...

Time to Bring Back the Asylums

What does the word “asylum” conjure up in your mind? An overpopulated mental ward with screaming patients frothing at the mouth? A snake pit, as depicted in the 1948 movie of the same name in which actress Olivia de Havilland’s character battles schizophrenia, shock treatments and a ...

Save up, or get a mortgage?

Dear Dave, I’m 28, single, and I just became debt-free. In addition, I make $70,000 a year and have the equivalent of six months of expenses set aside for emergencies. Should I save up to pay cash for a house, or is mortgage debt okay? I’d like to keep the price of a new home between ...

Family-loved recipes

The Quick and Easy Roast recipe is one my mother made often because it was a family favorite. The other two recipes are ones that I have made for family and are also ranked as very good. Quick and Easy Roast 1 2-4 lb. beef roast 1 envelope dry onion soup mix Use large enough piece of ...

Here’s to the graduates!

This month we salute the Class of 2018 — these young men and women from Central Iowa who have worked dilligently, excelled academically and have showcased their talents in a variety of ways that we can all be proud of. As they prepare to embark on a new adventure, I offer the following ...

Jim Wares: Squirrel to enter gubernatorial race?

I learned that when I read the above headline my heart teems with hope and inspiration. I am overwhelmed with pride. Only in a nation as great as the United States of America could a person of such humble origins, born in the crook of a tree, aspire to rise to such a lofty and noble position. ...

Kelly Van De Walle: The most useless piece of equipment

I’ve taken control of this silly column. You humans must recognize me? I am your greatest enemy, the bane of your pitiful existence, the goddess you cannot live without and at whose alter you shall always return despite how poorly you’re always treated. I am, of course, your stupid home ...

Global corn shortage looms

Corn prices for this fall’s harvest continue to trade for $4.20 per bushel, near a two-year high. Prices are being supported by drought and crop shortfalls in China, Brazil, and Argentina. While the United States is the king of corn production, these countries are next in line, and together ...

North Korea is acting up because Trump has it cornered

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s recent temper tantrum over U.S.-South Korean military exercises and its threat to pull out of its upcoming summit with President Trump are signs that Trump’s North Korea strategy is working. Over the past several months, Trump has boxed in Kim Jong Un. First, ...

Skewer the cake!

Dear Readers: Whenever you frost a two- or three-layer cake, use SKEWERS to hold the layers down so that the stacks stay in place and don’t become lopsided. Wait about 30 minutes afterward and remove the skewers, then smooth frosting over the areas where the skewers had been. Your cakes will ...

Why Jerusalem Matters

This week, the Trump administration inaugurated the new American embassy in Jerusalem. The celebration in Israel was palpable; the embassy move came amidst the national celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state. The streets filled with Jews of all sorts, cheering and ...

Happy anniversary Robert Mueller

Just one year ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into the Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Today it continues, with no certain end yet in sight. The fact that Mueller has been seeking an interview with Trump ...

Prohibition has been lifted at last on sports wagering

Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including some that millions of Americans considered victimless activities and none of the government’s business. Now, America is going to become more law abiding, the Supreme Court having ...

Mr. Chew-Chew

Just 72 names! The Baby Center identifies 72 nicknames for a child’s pacifier. From bink, paci and nuby to Mr. Chew-Chew. When babies are born, they have a strong sucking reflex. This natural reflex is soothing and calming for your baby. Some professionals believe that you shouldn’t ...

The coarsening of political language

Here in Australia, “Question Time” has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes funny questions in an ...