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Opinion

Are we safer after the travel ban?

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Trump’s recent travel ban’s on middle-east countries are suppose to make us safer, or will they? None of the countries that the 911 hijackers were from are on the travel ban. Fifteen were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt and one from Lebanon. Could ...

This stuff actually matters

Columnists

Three years ago this past week, the Supreme Court threw out the laws of most states and declared gay marriage to be the law of the land in the name of happiness. Since then, people of faith have been under a sustained assault by leftwing activists. Progressives have attacked florists, bakers, ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

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We should renew our commitment to the heritage of 1776. Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on ...

Ashley Nicole Jacobs Alanis, 34

Columnists

The beautiful spirit of Ashley Nicole Jacobs Alanis, 34, of Colfax, that so bravely fought Cystic Fibrosis since her birth, left this earthly life on June 27th, with her family at her side at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To the very end, she never, never gave up. Funeral ...

College destruction of black students

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Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, has come under attack and scathing criticism because she dared criticize the school’s racial preferences program. In an interview with Brown University economist Glenn Loury, discussing affirmative action, Wax mentioned how racial ...

Reaching out to someone in need can help ease our own struggles

Columnists

Q: I’ve been through a series of challenges and disappointments over the past few years. I try to keep a positive attitude, but sometimes it’s hard to avoid self-pity and discouragement. Do you have any advice? Jim: I certainly don’t want to minimize whatever you’ve endured. And ...

Congress, nonprofits and American people can slow opioid epidemic

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Some issues permeate society without regard to who you are or where you come from. Opioid addiction is one of those issues. Chances are that you or someone close to you is personally affected by this epidemic. Opioid addiction is bringing unlikely allies together in the fight against it. With ...

The question Republican candidates fear most in 2018

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Alan Baron, who was a wise and witty man of politics, used to tell this true story to remind those who worked in politics like he did that in some election years, the outcome is determined by events and forces completely beyond any candidate’s or her campaign’s control. As a 21-year-old, ...

No party for old white men

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For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York’s 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, who had ...

The crying-child Rorschach

Columnists

Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Like so many Americans, this columnist longs for the voice of another, the great and good Charles Krauthammer, who died last week, leaving us mortals to plod through the darkness without the light of his reasoned guidance. A revered Washington Post ...

Appreciates Pitts column on bigotry

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Thanks to the T-R for printing the writings by Leonard Pitts especially his May 8 column challenging Sen. Marco Rubio’s support for Trump to answer the question “What is the functional difference between being a bigot and just voting for one?” I am thankful that I belong to the majority ...

Are more college scandals coming?

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College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Not how justice is supposed to work

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So it looks like Charles Rhines is going to be executed — and it’s probably because he’s gay. Well, not only that. There’s also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in Rapid City, South Dakota by an employee ...

Supporting law enforcement

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An article on the front page of the T-R on June 20 (‘Keeping I.C.E. out of Iowa’ draws dozens to Marshalltown) was interesting. We continue to hear that Marshalltown should be welcoming to all, but apparently that doesn’t extend to some of the law enforcement officials hired by the ...

Politicians need to take immigration more seriously

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Nearly everyone can agree: The scene at the southern border is a horror. Even those who somehow think that it isn’t a moral horror to see little kids pulled from their parents and put in cages — or, to use the preferred term among White House defenders, “chain-link partitioned holding ...

Raising a Godly family Jerry Waterman

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When a family receives a new member, by birth, it is a time of expectation and joy. For a short time, the little one just lays there, taking in nourishment and listening to sights and sounds. It begins to mimic what he sees the family doing. One day, my cell phone rang! I still own a flip-top ...

Nachos are a major problem

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"I love food," I said. "I can't help it." My friend leveled me with her eyes. "You could help it if you knew the foods you were eating." Less than seven seconds later, she had downloaded four of her favorite food tracking apps onto my phone. And so my journey of conscious eating began. It ...

Then they came for…

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1940s First they came for the Jews, but I said nothing, for I wasn’t a Jew Then they came for . . . 2018 First amnesty seekers were denied due process, but I said nothing, for I wasn’t an amnesty seeker. Then . . . Need I say more?

Books and more books

Columnists

I'm going to recommended a slew of books for this summer's reading, starting with “Varina,” by Charles Frazier; “The Nix,” by Nathan Hill; and “Mrs. Fletcher,” by Tom Perrotta. All three of these books were reviewed on NPR, and all three employ a suspect writing technique that I ...