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Opinion

The Senate GOP’s no-win scenario

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In response to news reports over the weekend that at least one additional administration whistleblower has come forward to say what he or she knows about President Trump’s Ukrainian schemes, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted, “I’ve seen this movie before -- with Brett Kavanaugh. ...

DNA results

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I am American. I know where my grandparents were from, given that they either immigrated to America or were first-generation Americans. There is nothing exotic in my appearance to uncover, given that I’m most often referred to as having girl-next-door looks. Thus, the popular DNA tests never ...

I want to be alone

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Ask the typical employee what they most want from their jobs ... Go ahead; do it. I’ll wait right here. Chances are, the most frequent answer you received was something along the lines of “the sense of satisfaction that comes with working hard to help people solve problems that make their ...

Burlington native honored as war hero in Arches, France

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Ned Hunger’s P-47 Thunderbolt, along with three other P-47’s buzzed the town of Arches, France. They were to liberate a group of 100 or so French Resistance Fighters that had been trapped by Nazi forces on a mountain top over the winter of 1943-44. As the pilots of the P-47’s surveyed ...

Chinese Talks Lift Soybeans

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Top leaders from the U.S. and China are meeting in Washington to try and strike a deal and end the 18-month trade war. Initial reports suggest that the two sides are finding some common ground, with the U.S. offering to reduce tariffs in exchange for China buying more U.S. agricultural ...

Trump’s cry that America is fighting ‘endless wars’ is a canard

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President Trump has defended his shameful abandonment of our Kurdish allies in Syria, declaring that “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars” that have left America “bogged down, watching over a quagmire.” Listening to the president, Americans might think that we ...

The spiraling president adds self-impeachment to his repertoire

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Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with Finland’s ...

Journalism matters because democracy matters

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An in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous ...

Trump continues to build the impeachment case against himself

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President Trump, having said he expects to be impeached, is now doing his best to see it happen. The White House has ordered administration officials to ignore all subpoenas for testimony from House committees in their impeachment inquiry, providing clear-cut grounds of obstruction of justice ...

Newspapers protect your First Amendment rights

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With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five — no six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of ...

Trump Invades the Democratic Party

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President Trump’s path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden. It’s not the Iowa and New Hampshire polls that freak out Trump. These contests are dominated by the white liberal gentry, not Biden’s huge ...

What Democrats today really want

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American public servant with characteristics all too rare today — integrity, intelligence, wisdom. Moynihan was a Democrat who would find a hard time being at home in today’s Democratic Party. He was a policy adviser in Democratic — Kennedy — and ...

First Amendment binds all American freedoms

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Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment. The blood of patriots is the seed of the Republic. The founders and those who followed in their footsteps invested their lives ...

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 ...

This impeachment won’t work

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This is not a column about impeaching our current president. This is a column about the impeachment process and the history of the legal route our nation is obliged to follow to oust a federal official. In the 231 years since the U.S. Constitution was ratified, Congress has seriously ...

Domestic violence is a significant problem

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention month. Domestic violence is a significant problem facing all communities. Consider for a moment that in Marshalltown the police department investigated 306 domestic violence related calls for service and made 117 domestic ...

Thank you La Carreta

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Due to the generosity and support of the local business, La Carreta Mexican grill, teachers at Lenihan Intermediate School were treated to a taco bar with all the fixings during their late night of conferences Thursday night.

The age issue

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Is there such a thing as being too old to be president? In the fall of 1984, in his closing statement in the first presidential debate, then-President Ronald Reagan seemed to lose his way on a California highway. That’s right; he was talking on and on about this trip on a California highway, ...

Idiotic environmental predictions

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you ...