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Put more pupil money into elementaries

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There is an excellent article in the Dec. 1 paper about Tara Klass. I don’t know her, but she sounds like a great teacher and I know most Central Iowa schools have a lot of great teachers and we should because that’s whats important for us. When Klass lists her biggest challenges, one is ...

Best customer service

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If you want to go somewhere that has extraordinary customer service, go to the Wolfe Clinic frame service area. They are the best!

Watching impeachment hearings

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Watching the impeachment of Donald Trump. The people that are testifying against Trump are people working in his administration. That says it all. With friends like that who needs enemies?

U.S. energy boom spills abroad

Columnists

In 2005, U.S. dependence on foreign oil hit its peak, when the United States imported more than 14 million barrels per day of foreign oil and petroleum products, like diesel fuel and gasoline. Recently, that figure flipped upside down, with the United States becoming a net exporter of oil and ...

Where to eat in southeast Iowa

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With the eating season upon us — Thanksgiving through Easter — here is where Ginnie and I like to eat in southeast Iowa (and beyond): The Filling Station in Yarmouth will fill you up with excellent food and the decor is quite interesting. The drive there is relaxing also, with flat fields ...

The trickle-down of bad social politics

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This week, Paul Krugman of The New York Times posited a theory: Red states cause depression and suicide. In a column titled “America’s Red State Death Trip,” Krugman wrote: “In 1990, today’s red and blue states had almost the same life expectancy. Since then, however, life expectancy ...

Dems prepare impeachment, with slim hopes of conviction

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The House Judiciary Committee meets today (Wednesday) under a cloud of doubt whether any articles of impeachment against President Trump if approved will escape the knife of his loyalist GOP members, who hold a clear majority of the Senate. The committee is considering articles against him ...

Chickening out

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It is a truism that a blackmailer is rarely satisfied. Once the payoffs start, there often is no end to them. The Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is about to learn this hard lesson, far too late, as many victims of blackmail and extortion generally do. For conservatives and evangelical ...

Christmas: Remembering the birth of a savior

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he most important season of any in the world. It is the time when the world will celebrate Christmas, while remembering the birth of a child. Not just any child but the one who stepped out of the throne room of Heaven, to be our savior. Christmas starts right after Thanksgiving. Stores have ...

Who stole Donald Trump’s body?

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Watching President Trump in conversations Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caused a moment of cognitive dissonance. Could this be our Donald Trump speaking? Setting aside whether one agreed with his remarks, the president was ...

I suspect my child has a disability – now what?

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Often times, parents are the first to notice their child is struggling in school or at home, but are unsure what to do. Central Rivers AEA in conjunction with your local school district can help. If you suspect your child has a disability, and is attending a school, contacting the school is ...

Give thanks for America’s increasing fairness

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Last week was Thanksgiving in a country whose warring political tribes are not much inclined to giving thanks. But any American with a reasonable historic perspective can easily find reasons to do so. For one thing, it’s clear that we are a much fairer nation than we were in the past. ...

5-minute motel

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“You have five minutes after checking in to ask for a refund. Requests after five minutes will not be granted.” Blinking, I read the sign again as the motel cashier charged my credit card. Well, this doesn’t bode well. How many people had demanded a refund within the first 10 minutes of ...

What would it cost to buy the 2020 election?

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Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York’s mayors since 1942, hosted billionaire Michael Bloomberg for three terms. The first of these terms began after Bloomberg, then the Republican candidate for mayor, spent an incredible $74 million to get himself elected in 2001. He spent, in ...

Giving thanks for a system that creates prosperity — and leftovers

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Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the words of his predecessor, St. John Paul II, who called food waste “a paradox of abundance.” ...

Advice on IBS

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Dear Dietitian, I was recently hospitalized overnight for irritable bowel syndrome. The abdominal pain was treated, then I was released the next morning. I was not given any information on what diet I should follow. Can you help? — Julie Dear Julie, A flare-up of irritable bowel syndrome ...

Time past for Democrats to get real on health care

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In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that “Medicare for All” is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that just 30% of ...

Is Macron right? Is NATO, 70, brain dead?

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A week from now, the 29 member states of “the most successful alliance in history” will meet to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Yet all is not well within NATO. Instead of a “summit,” the gathering, on the outskirts of London, has been cut to two days. Why the shortened ...

‘This is America. … And here, right matters’

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In her diary entry for July 15, 1944, Anne Frank wrote words that would harrow and challenge generations not yet born: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” Less than a month later, “people” would discover Anne and seven other Jews hiding in a ...