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Opinion

Democrats’ plot to abolish election night

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The left and its media allies are warning Americans not to expect a winner on election night. If Donald Trump leads on Nov. 3, the victory will be nothing more than a “red mirage,” says Josh Mendelsohn, whose firm consults for the Democratic National Committee. In the days or weeks ...

Professional athletes and the power of a Union

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If a few sports walkouts can force change on the national level, imagine what an Amazon or Wal-Mart walkout could do. First, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court in their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. Then other teams followed suit, leading to a three-day wildcat strike in ...

Blackcloud excellent choice for representative

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Christina Blackcloud is running to be our state representative. Voters need to know more about her before giving their support. Her credentials are remarkable and impressive. She holds two BA degrees - one in business management and administration and the other in human resources. She ...

A request: Keep a pandemic diary

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Since April, I’ve been telling my students that their generation will be the ultimate storytellers of this pandemic, as COVID-19’s legacy will surely endure for decades. This semester, I’ve taken it a step further and required them to keep pandemic diaries. Their weekly 500-word entries ...

Reed amazing man and choice for representative

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My name is Greg Nennig. I have multiple sclerosis. I have been a neighbor of Tony Reed for over two decades. I’ve had two trees in my front yard that blew over due to straight-line winds about seven years ago. Tony cut them up and hauled them away. He has always helped me and always helped ...

Where will Iowa’s economic recovery leave workers?

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The coronavirus has changed the way we work, in many cases forever. The pandemic has also brought into sharp focus the powerless state of workers here in Iowa and the employer-driven policies that intentionally keep it that way. State policymakers are crafting strategies now that will shape ...

How long will Ernst stay silent?

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Senator Ernst — How does it feel to be called a “sucker” and a “loser” by the president? Any chance you’ll call out this guy for denigrating and disrespecting current and former members of the military, especially those uniformed men and women who perished in their service to our ...

How do I gain weight and get my LDL down?

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Dear Dietitian, I recently lost forty pounds to get my cholesterol level down. My LDL went from 150 to 117, and I’d like to get it down to 100. I am 70 years old, and the doctor wants me to gain a few pounds! He says if I were to get sick, I would need some extra weight as a safeguard. How ...

‘Be quick to listen, slow to speak’

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“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19  A little bit louder for those in the back. James’ 2,000-year-old words are either ridiculous or revolutionary. We live in an uncomfortably loud ...

‘The virus’

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Families gotta start back getting together for Sunday dinner and family reunions...not just funerals. Shared by Linda Pohren on Facebook. Dressed up as Mrs. Santa Claus, Linda Pohren hugs her brother, Jim, who died from “The Virus.” I don’t want to hear again, “Do you know anyone ...

Why won’t Biden condemn Antifa or BLM violence?

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On Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was finally forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America’s major cities for months on end: riots in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland and Seattle, among other cities. For a full week, the ...

There’s no such thing as a free tax holiday

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Afew weeks ago, President Donald Trump proposed a payroll tax holiday to Americans earning less than $100,000 per year. The gesture is better described as a deferral of the payroll tax burden until April 2021, and that has some people worried. They should be. Talking about his plan, the ...

Be a reflection

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Starting back to school this year, especially during COVID-19, is going to look different this year. We know that. Administrators, principals, staff and teachers are discovering ways to teach and reach children in new and creative ways. People don’t have to look far on social media to find ...

Who’s to blame for campus COVID outbreaks?

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Public health experts have given us a long list of ways we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately for Iowa’s universities, students, faculty and college towns, finger-pointing has yet to be proven effective at warding off infections. Index fingers are getting a lot of ...

Let’s show up for schools, students this fall

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To all the students, parents, and educators we serve, welcome back! Having students back in school — whether virtually or in person — provides some of the normalcy and structure we all need right now. The teachers and school administrators I talk with have truly missed having kids in their ...

How polite of Melania Trump

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I don’t care about Melania Trump’s past life as a model. She has a right to do as she wants with her own body. Any attempt by liberals to shame her for that is an act of hypocrisy. I don’t care what she wears or how she looks. She is glamorous and beautiful, which has nothing to do with ...

Property taxes going up

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The Marshall County property tax statements payable in September 2020 and March 2021 have been printed and are on their way to your mailbox if they have not already arrived. When you look at your tax statement you will see a detailed tax distribution breakdown of where your tax dollars go; to ...

We are blessed to have law enforcement

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Almost every week, I see on TV an incident where a police officer pulled someone out of a burning car, or an officer helped revive an infant which had stopped breathing next to its hysterical mother. An officer helped deliver a baby one day because the couple didn’t make it to the hospital in ...

Two visions of America

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Both during their conventions and outside of them, the Democratic and Republican Parties have shown the American public two visions of our country. And the contrast could not be starker. In order to analyze it, it’s essential to separate facts from spin — particularly media spin, which has ...