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Opinion

‘Nations with allies thrive’

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Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Thursday.

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I know that he was technically impeached when the House voted to do so in December. But the truth is, as a political and historical matter, Thursday was the day. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy — brilliant to fans, incomprehensible to foes — of sitting on the articles of impeachment ...

You create diversity by creating diversity

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Dear Stephen King: I hope you’ll indulge me as I try to explain something I suspect you still don’t quite understand. Namely: why so many of us were so disappointed with your take on the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations. As the white-dominated and male-centric list of ...

Quitting time

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Thinking about quitting your job? Dumb question. You’ve been thinking about quitting from the day you started. You remember that fateful day, of course. “It’s a great opportunity,” you told everyone. “It’s not a huge salary, but I’ll be making a boatload of money eventually. ...

United Way campaign a community success

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Our United Way campaign has come to a close and we want to personally thank everyone for your participation and investment in our community. Your generosity has helped us to reach our United Way Campaign goal of $780,000. We are proud that, once again, this community came together to support ...

Thank you note a day keeps the hounds at bay

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“If you have one friend, you’re a wealthy person.” I don’t know where I heard this, I thought it was a famous quote, maybe from Shakespeare. But Googling it turned up nothing. A few years back, I wrote a column about one of my readers who wrote a thank you note a day for nine ...

The perpetual Iintersectional revolution eats its own

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In 2008, Democrats nominated for president a first-term U.S. senator with no serious legislative experience, Barack Obama. They nominated him over the long-championed, long-celebrated presumptive heir apparent to the Democratic leadership, Hillary Clinton. Obama was, of course, the first black ...

A new ‘smoking gun’ witness upends impeachment drama

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A key associate of Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has declared President Donald Trump “knew exactly what was going on” in the scheme to get political dirt from Ukrainian officials on former Vice President Joe Biden. Against the backdrop of the Senate Republican majority pledging a ...

The art of educating everyone

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The January – August 2020 EdVenture, Iowa Valley Continuing Education’s class schedule, was recently mailed and distributed to communities across the Iowa Valley service area. Registration is now in full swing for a multitude of courses that range from short-term career training to ...

What I’d like to hear from candidates

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of holding on to the two weak articles of impeachment against President Trump was starting to rattle some Democrats, who felt they were losing the political battle. Last Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters, “If we’re going to do it, ...

Universities routinely ignore and violate basic civil rights

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This column might win me no fans on college campuses, but there is something that must be said. Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guaranteed of due process. They say they are acting ...

Trump responds to Iran’s act of War

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In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven’t seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime’s attacks on America this past week and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. The similarity is that both ...

Trump brays, and the congregation cheers

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The day after he ordered the strike that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Donald Trump showed up at an evantgelical church in Miami to cast himself as a modern-day savior of Christianity. This may be a bit confounding for those of you who remember that Trump rarely ...

Tornado bunker

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On Christmas, my husband got a signed picture of Carson Wentz, the quarterback of his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn’t get it from me. “Great,” he said. “For the man cave.” He caught my eye across the room and added the word “someday.” The ...

Congress: War profiteering is real. We need to end it.

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The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. But ...

Falsehood is the infection

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Here’s a riddle: What do Victor Davis Hanson, Dennis Prager and Ricky Gervais have in common? Hanson published an excellent piece at National Review online on Jan. 7. Titled “The Steele Dossier Bacillus,” Hanson summarizes the evident defects in the substance of the dossier compiled by ...

Time to get back to normal routines

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Dear Readers, Another year is behind us and now it’s time to get back to normal routines. Many of us, including myself, have overeaten during the holidays; it’s just part of it. It’s a great time with family, close friends and homemade desserts. Every year a family friend bakes a ...

Hatred slashes the bonds of brotherhood

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Another news cycle brings with it the news of yet another anti-Semitic attack targeting America’s Jewish community, as well as a fresh attack on Christian worshippers at a church in Texas. The scourge of bigoted hatred is not just alive and well; it is actually enjoying an uptick in this ...

As with everything else, Trump is following his gut on Iran

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President Trump often talks about leaving the Middle East, getting out of “endless wars” and spending our resources here at home under a policy of “America First.” So it was quite a moment when, on Sunday night, he threatened to impose “very big sanctions” on Iraq if the Iraqi ...

John Lewis, the conscience of the nation

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My favorite picture of John Lewis is a mugshot. It’s from Mississippi in 1961, one of the earliest of an eventual 40-plus arrests he would undergo in the cause of freedom. Facing the state penitentiary in Parchman, Mississippi, and the many hells that portended for a black man in the Jim ...