Opinion

Coleslaw recipes

Columnists

No summer cookout is complete without coleslaw, so today I have recipes for the next time you fire up the grill. Pineapple Cole Slaw 1 head cabbage, shredded or one bag 1 8 oz. can unsweetened pineapple tidbits 1 c. mayonnaise Salt and pepper Drain juice from pineapple. Blend juice, ...

United Way Golf Tournament a great success

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On behalf of the Marshalltown Area United Way we would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported our golf tournament on June 28th. We raised approximately $11,400. Even with the rainy weather, we were able to get nine holes in that day. If you were a golfer that day, please ...

Strengthening rural Iowa

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Iowa is a great place to live. Its economy is strong and the quality of life it affords has few equals anywhere in the nation. Even so, some of our state’s rural communities aren’t fully sharing the generally upbeat prognosis for the Hawkeye State’s future. Gov. Kim Reynolds is ...

People are surprised the police didn’t kill me

Columnists

I had no intention of telling this story here. Independence Day was Thursday, and I thought I might talk about the meaning of freedom in the age of Trump. Refugees are imprisoned in squalor on our southern border, the government balking at providing them toothpaste and soap, and I thought I ...

Why won’t US politicians talk about Chinese authoritarianism?

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Given the recent fight over whether U.S. refugee detention centers are in fact “concentration camps,” the Trump administration might want to borrow a page from the Chinese and simply call them “vocational skills education training centers.” That way, no one would really care at ...

Misfits, Unite!

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Ever get the feeling that you don’t belong? You come to work and do your job, but you can’t escape the suspicion that everyone else is different from you. In a word, you’re a misfit. Now, it could be that everyone else in your office is a misfit, and you’re the only normal person. ...

The work ahead in preventing premature death

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In the modern world, there have been steady increases in life expectancy. It has more than doubled in the last two centuries — that is, until now. As widely reported, for the third year in a row, the U.S. death rate rose last year. Until recently, the big debate for demographers had to do ...

Staycation

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Ginnie calls it a “staycation.” Instead of going on a summer vacation, we stay at home and get things done—staycation. It’s fine with me. I’ve always been a home body (boy). I love our home, our two-and-a-half acres of Empty Nest Farm. Everything I could want is right here — my art, ...

U.S. job market booms

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On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report, which showed an economy that continues to rocket higher. 224,000 new jobs were added in June, far better than May’s dud of a report that showed only 72,000 new jobs. While this was good news, it also means that ...

To construe the Constitution, look to the Declaration

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On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance of the ...

No, Democrats, America works

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With the first round of Democratic Party debates behind us, Americans have now heard from their candidates why they think they should run the country. One theme permeates the messages of all these Democrats. America is not fair, and they aspire to be president to make things ...

‘Real America’ inside the beltway

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It is often said our nation’s capital is filled with wealthy college-educated elites operating in a company town where everything is transactional. They are a clubby set of folks who can “fail up” in their profession and rarely interact meaningfully with anyone who isn’t part of their ...

The Grinch who stole Independence Day

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President Trump’s co-opting of our traditional Independence Day celebration on the National Mall is only the latest of his displays of deplorable narcissism. It rubs more salt into all the other wounds he has inflicted on our social and patriotic self-image as an honorable people. His ...

Joe Biden’s vulnerability or the Democrats’?

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Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated rare skill during the debate — managing to shiv Joe Biden and look nice doing it. By adopting the language of “hurt” instead of anger, she finessed the problem that usually attends launching an unprovoked attack: that it may harm the perpetrator as much as ...

Assault on Western civilization

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Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. Judeo-Christian morality has ...

Maybe try winning

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On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that partisan gerrymandering is a non-justiciable issue, meaning courts have no role to play in politics. Democrats assailed the Republicans on the Supreme Court as activists for not taking power for the Court. It is somewhat hilarious to ...

The lemon is squeezed dry

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There’s something attractive in the party names in the Supreme Court’s decision on the relationship between government and religion: American Legion v. American Humanist Association. Both organizations, the veterans group formed after World War I and the secular humanist group founded the ...

In the absence of Republican courage, more children will die

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It is 2:30 in the morning, and I should be sleeping. In a few hours, my 3-year-old grandson will be awake, and we have plans. “You and me, buddy,” I told him at bedtime. “We’re going to play all day long.” He is not why I can’t sleep. Across the hall from this guestroom, his ...