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Opinion

Progressives are all too willing to cut constitutional corners

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Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the “excessive” ...

Honors programs: What are you capable of accomplishing?

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Community Colleges have always been a haven for education by providing opportunities for all those who strive to continue their learning, start a new career or continue their path toward a new life. Sometimes perceived as a second choice for high achieving students, community colleges across ...

Beto says the quiet part out Loud

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Failing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is raging against the dying of his political light. Desperate and alone, his campaign on the precipice of collapse, Beto has banked on one policy: radical honesty. And that means he is now saying the quiet part of the progressive agenda ...

Latest Democratic debate shuffles the deck

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The dozen Democratic presidential candidates who spent nearly two hours trying to distinguish themselves from the pack Wednesday night succeeded in one thing. They essentially agreed that Donald Trump must go, while offering their own best alternatives for the post-Trump era. The major ...

Having a safe and happy Halloween

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Your children are probably filled with excitement as they prepare for Halloween. From school parties and parades to local trick-or-treat events, your princesses and superheroes are ready to have fun. From the American Academy of Pediatrics, here is how to have a safe and happy Halloween. Plan ...

The incredible vanishing whistleblower

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The partisans at The Washington Post pretended in a front-page Sunday “news” article that somehow, President Trump was losing his marbles in rage, going “beyond his often-untethered bounds.” Readers were supposed to be highly disturbed about his mental state after learning he held a ...

The president’s personality

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Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a momentum the ...

Are supermarket aisles racist?

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My supermarket has a giant “international” food aisle dominated by Asian and Latino products. Which items end up in a section dedicated to a particular foreign culture’s cuisine and not mixed in with the so-called American staples — Heinz, Campbell’s, etc. — fascinates me. Why, for ...

The Democrats’ faute de mieux front-runner

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Is Elizabeth Warren the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination? You can make a strong argument that the answer is yes. You can also argue that she is, at most, a default front-runner and a problematic general election nominee. And you might reasonably conclude that both ...

Intolerance in Academia

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If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual ...

Dear Dietitian

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Please settle an argument between my wife and me. Our 11-year-old son is about 20 pounds overweight. My wife, who has been thin all her life, wants to put him on a diet to get him on the right track. I am against the idea of a diet. What do you think? Concerned Dad Dear Dad, While your son ...

Joe Biden’s most important ‘endorsement’

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Let’s repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean’s edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such polls. In October ...

Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

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The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded this week, and Donald Trump has made no secret of his belief that he deserves it. During a press conference last month alongside the prime minister of Pakistan, a reporter said to Trump, “Now, if you can solve this outstanding issue of ...

China won’t die laughing

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Dictators. Always so humorous. Take China’s communist officialdom. You’ve probably heard about the “South Park” episode last week that the Chinese government didn’t find amusing. And the fake apology from the comedy show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. No? Well, then, you ...

Grassley representative to hold open meetings

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I represent Senator Grassley in 21 counties across Central and South Central Iowa. Part of my job is to hold annual open meetings in each county to listen to concerns and take opinions about specific issues, along with helping Iowans with personal issues and requests. This can range from ...

Support IVCCD bond referendum with ‘yes’ vote

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Community colleges are often higher education’s backbone. They provide classes, degrees and job training necessary for local needs. For some, it provides an affordable way to start off before heading to a university. For others, it provides everything they need for their chosen profession. ...

Marshall County honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Marshall County Attorney’s Office remains committed to prosecuting those violent crimes and serving survivors of domestic violence. The Marshall County Attorney’s Office prosecutes all domestic assault crimes that occur in Marshall ...

The thing about forgiveness

Columnists

Here’s the thing about forgiveness. It’s not just something you extend to someone else. It’s also a gift you give yourself, permission to lay down the heavy burden of grudges and rage. And if you’re a Christian, it’s an obligation — albeit a hard one — of faith. One can ...

When will Congress start working for Americans?

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We have a supposed serious issue involving the president and we have a genius like Adam Schiff who starts out a serious hearing with a parody, really? He tries to fool people in to thinking something that isn’t there. He is an absolute disgrace to this country and should be ashamed of himself ...