Opinion

Wonder Woman + Me

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At some point during last Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes. The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, ...

Our Time-Tested Parties Aren’t About to Fall Apart

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Some days, the Republican Party seems on the verge of splitting up. Its congressional majorities couldn’t produce a health care bill and passed an omnibus spending bill its president regretted signing. Prominent never-Trumpers call for the creation of a new political party. Ohio Gov. John ...

Balancing gun rights with common-sense restrictions

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So there you are, cowering under your desk. From the hallway, you hear the pop! pop! pop! of gunfire, along with the shrieks of the terrified and moans of the dying. The good guy with a gun? Maybe he’s crouched outside the building. Maybe he’s dead in the break room. Whichever, he’s not ...

The Most Important Weekend in History

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Survey academic historians on the most important events in history and, regardless of their personal beliefs, they inevitably tend to list the execution of a Jewish carpenter some time around 33 AD as one of the most important events. Whether atheist or religious or Muslim or Buddhist, ...

The idealism of youth

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Unfortunately, there are many who think that young people have no right to express their opinions because they do not have real world experience. Fortunately, many of our Revolutionary War leaders spoke up even though they were young. Many heroes like: Deborah Sampson -15, Sybil Ludington ...

Answers sought

Opinion

Many of you may have heard of or read the article by KCCI in which several Marshalltown residents were quoted as objecting to the question on the census form asking about citizenship. The article had quotes by several members of the community including David Barajas Jr. who stated, “Questions ...

Access to my checking account?

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Dear Dave, Will paying my taxes online give the government electronic access to my checking account? — Ashley Dear Ashley, If you use your checking account, of course they will have the ability to withdraw that money from your account. I believe I know where you’re going with this ...

News from Des Moines

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This week the activities in the Senate seem to be slowing just a bit. The bills still eligible for debate are either getting signed by the governor, being bounced between the two chambers, or have found a silent place to rest for the remainder of the session. The final priorities will be ...

Does the Pope Believe in Hell?

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“Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are they ...

Liberal Conscience AWOL?

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In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, sponsored by the League ...

The brilliance of these shining stars

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Despite all the grousing and complaining about politics, the current state of the world and what the future might hold, I’m really not worried. In yesterday’s T-R, you met 51 incredible reasons why I’m so confident and at ease if you read our “Leaders of Tomorrow” special ...

Jim Wares: Yaun From Heaven

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Ilearned our town's latitude is 42.0495° north. This is very, very good news. We just made it by the skin of our teeth with 0.0505 of a degree of latitude to spare. Sometime in the next day or two, though by the time you read this, it could have happened yesterday, the Chinese Tiangong-1 space ...

Kelly Van De Walle: Easter, you could be improved

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When I was young and slightly more adorable than I am today, at Eastertime my mother would write little rhyming clues on pieces of paper, fold them carefully inside an Easter egg that would lead to another egg, which would lead to another egg, which is essentially the exact plot of the movie ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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How soon after Jesus arose on that first Easter, which would have been on a Sunday as we now know it, did Christians start worshipping on Sundays? Today millions of Christians gather on the first day of the week (Sunday) for worship, mainly in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection, which ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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Happy Easter! Today I have some easy last minute recipes for your dinner. Ingredients can easily be picked-up at the grocery store after church. Crunchy Coleslaw 2 Tbls. sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted 2 Tbls. almonds, sliced 4 Tbls. apple cider vinegar 1 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. celery ...

Business partnerships strengthened through JA implementation

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Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part guest editorial by Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. The Marshalltown Community School District is taking big strides to implement purposeful curriculum, programing and teaching and learning methodologies; while ...

Change the culture in Des Moines; vote Freese

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Those of us in Iowa Senate District 25 have an important opportunity April 10 to tell the state that one-party rule is not serving the public interest. Bill Dix may no longer be in Des Moines, but the good ole boy attitudes and the agenda he pushed continue. A special election has been ...

A New Kind of Gridlock

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When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States, they feared the possibility of partisanship overtaking rights-based government. To that end, they crafted a system of checks and balances designed to pit interest against interest, promoting gridlock over radical change. The ...

Building local ‘Future Ready Iowa’ partnerships

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Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part guest editorial by Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. The Marshalltown Community School District is taking big strides to implement purposeful curriculum, programing and teaching and learning methodologies; while ...

News from Des Moines

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Week 12 was a continuation of primarily debating bills that were sent over from the senate. On Thursday, Gov. Reynolds held a signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda for two very important bills, House File 2456, the Mental Health bill, and Senate File 2113, a teen suicide prevention bill. ...