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Opinion

Are Trump’s legal woes over or just beginning?

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Last Sunday afternoon, U.S. Attorney General William Barr released a letter, which he said summarized the report he had received from special counsel Robert Mueller about alleged crimes committed by President Donald Trump. Barr wrote that the president’s exoneration is complete with respect ...

Why we don’t trust our institutions?

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This week, special counsel Robert Mueller released his long-awaited report on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to impact the 2016 election. His conclusion: no collusion. It’s been apparent for quite some time that Mueller would end up here — every ...

Trump wins the waiting game, for now

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A key to President Trump’s apparent escape from the clutches of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was his simple refusal to testify under oath. He thereby dodged the “perjury trap” his lawyers warned about. Consequently, although Trump lied daily like a trooper on all ...

A heartfelt apology to gym lady using the thigh machine

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Dear Woman Using the Thigh Squeezer Machine I Accidentally Glanced at in the Eyeballs, First off, I have to say, my bad. My complete and total bad. I know unspoken gym protocol in this situation is to ignore your legs opening and closing like it is a completely normal activity. In fact, I ...

Abolishing the Electoral College would be devastating to Iowa

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When I hear politicians talk about abolishing the Electoral College, it immediately makes me think about the impact on the state of Iowa. It would be devastating. The ripple effects would render Iowans’ voices moot in the general election and bring an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation ...

Media complicit in collusion narrative

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What Sean Davis, co-founder of the web magazine The Federalist, wrote in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal sums up the disgust many Americans are feeling about the way big media handled the Russia collusion story: “It wasn’t merely an error here or there. America’s blue-chip journalists ...

The end of the collusion fantasy

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The psychedelic balloon of liberal hope in Robert Mueller is no more. It started to leak helium months ago, and some liberals worried that his final conclusions might be ... “disappointing.” They wanted the special counsel to deliver the goods, the evidence of collusion. This would not make ...

IVCCD’s bond referendum: A critical need

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On Feb. 13, the Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling for a special election on April 2, 2019, for voters to approve a bond issue not to exceed $32 million (cost is $3.38 per month extra for an $100,000 assessed home ...

Support the IVCCD Referendum

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Iowa Valley Community College District has provided the perfect opportunity for me to obtain adequate knowledge and proper credentials for my career in nursing. With the short drive from my home to Marshalltown Community College, the small student to instructor ratio, affordable tuition and ...

Excuse me. So sorry. Excuse me

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Until this week, I’d never witnessed this on a plane. I’d read numerous stories and essays about passengers trying to shame seatmates for their weight, but I was not prepared for what that sounds like or how it looks. We were a full plane, except for a single open seat in first class. I ...

Bipartisan work on mental health continues

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We continued with debate in earnest this week. Along with debate, we received many visitors. The Farm Bureau once again filled the rotunda with their members, including many of the board members from the Tama County Farm Bureau, Emily Ewoldt, Megan Eichmiller, Reid Monroe, Tyler Beenken, and ...

President 0. Dead man 1

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This past Wednesday, President Donald Trump should have had a successful day touting the military, the economy, job creation, American weapons superiority and his commitment to a robust military. Instead, when he visited the General Dynamics plant for an official Presidential visit, he went on ...

More University corruption

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Last week’s column discussed the highly publicized university corruption scheme wherein wealthy parents bought admission at prestigious universities for their children. That is dishonest and gives an unfair advantage to those young people but won’t destroy the missions of the universities. ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear Dietitian, I have recently lost 20 pounds and I’ve been exercising to keep the weight off. My problem is I sometimes eat at night out of boredom. I know I need to break this bad habit, but I keep doing it over and over again. Help! Thank you, Julie Dear Julie, Eating out of ...

Memo to Democrats: 2020 is not 2018

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Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, ...

Why Joe may be courting Stacey

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Of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High in New York City, seven were offered this year to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before. In the freshman class of 803 at The Bronx High School of Science, 12 students are black, down from last year’s 25. Of 303 ...

Roundhouse: A Marshalltown icon

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I’ve seen plenty of buzzer beaters, heard the Bobcat Fight Song hundreds of times and spoke as both a student and alumna in the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse. It holds a special place in my heart — and I know I’m not alone in that. Before officially starting high school, I used ...

Let’s eat cake

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring, so let’s eat cake. Blueberry Dump Cake 1 can crushed pineapple, not drained 1 pkg. yellow cake mix 1 can cherry or blueberry pie filling 1/2 lb. (2 sticks) margarine, cut up 1 c. chopped pecans Grease a 9- by 13-inch pan. Put in cake ...

Support the Iowa Valley bond referendum

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On or before April 2, community members get to make a decision that greatly impacts the future of our community. We encourage you to vote “yes” on the Iowa Valley bond referendum because we believe it is necessary for Marshalltown and the surrounding area. Community colleges are often ...