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Opinion

To rebuild, Iowa Democrats have to fill their leadership vacuum

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Where have you gone, Tom Harkin? Iowa Democrats turn their lonely eyes to you. Woo woo woo. There are a lot of reasons why a year when everything seemed to be going Democrats’ way — a record turnout, the most unpopular president in recent history, a raging pandemic without competent ...

Blacks of yesteryear and today

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I was a teenager, growing up in the Richard Allen housing project of North Philadelphia, when Emmett Till was lynched in Money, Mississippi, on Aug. 28, 1955, and his brutalized, unrecognizable body later recovered from the Tallahatchie River. From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the ...

Fascism beginning in our country

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This 92 year old minister, who lived during World War II, saw how fascism came into being. Hitler and the Nazi Party would tell lies — one right after another — until the people began to believe those lies. Christian people living in Germany believed those lies. In many ways, this is ...

Obesity:The health crisis we should be talking about

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his surrogates in the media and elsewhere are trying to blame the COVID-19 death toll on President Donald Trump. One recent tweet I saw compared South Korea’s death toll — 461 — with that of the United States — 232,000-plus and counting. South Korea ...

Patience is a virtue, especially in this election

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With allegations about mail-in ballots, rigged elections and voter intimidation, Americans likely will not know the victor of the 2020 presidential race on the morning of Nov. 4. That’s why we should embrace patience as a virtue. Given partisan views, we will need it. President Trump has ...

‘I just wanted to let you know

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Ifirst heard from my old high school friend in an email in October 2011. Subject line: “Ashtabula High 1975.” “I am in complete shock over what has happened to compassion in the country I call home,” Philip Kachersky wrote. “It is not the same country that I was raised in in ...

Diversity is what makes us Marshalltown Strong

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It seems as though it has become much more socially acceptable to say and think what is on your mind with complete disregard for others. Unfortunately there are several members within our community who do not believe racism is a problem. I have been witness and victim to several instances ...

Happy endings in US history are not guaranteed

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America is not guaranteed. There is, in other words, nothing foreordained about this country someday returning to anything approximating normal. That’s important to keep in mind as we await results of the most critical U.S. election since 1860, when Abraham Lincoln came to power in an ...

Benefit for Ft. Madison Area Art Association

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Okay, folks, here’s your chance to get some genuine Curt Swarm junk, I mean art. The Ft. Madison Area Art Association will be displaying my sculptures, photography and books during the month of November. Half of the sales of my art will go toward a new roof for the Art Association (it ...

Grieving has nothing to do with politics

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People of Iowa, we are in deep trouble. We cannot get the truth from most public people. Joe Fisher’s article, “Iowa Dems target Ernst for COVID relief” - the articles mixes the pain of death with the confirmation of a court justice. If you are mourning a family death, politics should ...

Will Biden end the wars that Trump prolonged?

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If you listened long enough to Donald Trump during his first presidential campaign, you could find grounds to hope that he would make some badly needed changes in American foreign policy. After the catastrophe of the Iraq War and the dismal slog of Afghanistan, Trump promised a different ...

Getting out the vote is vital

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Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Both candidates have risky strategies

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Are both presidential candidates trying to lose? Or at least pursuing campaign strategies which put them at grave risk of defeat? In nearly four years, Donald Trump has made little effort to win over the 50 percent-plus of voters who didn’t support him in 2016. Having proved that he could ...

‘I want to feel America’

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They waited in the pouring rain on Wednesday, six feet apart and some of them without umbrellas, to cast their ballots in central Florida. One masked man caught the attention of another voter, and his video account made it to the ABC News Facebook page. “You see how important this ...

Napolitano column was concerning

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Editor’s note: The incorrect version of this letter was previously published. I understand and support the need for newspapers to present different points of view, and I’m thankful that the T-R does so. However, I feel that the column “What if We Ignore the Government?” by Andrew ...

Enjoys T-R coverage, columnists

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I really enjoyed Times-Republican reporter Joe Fisher’s report Mental Health strain on our residents during COVID, derecho and politics. We are all trying to handle it in our own way. I like Paul Daniel’s statement that “Hope is not Canceled” in the lives of people who are willing to ...

After the election, hobby therapy

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Anew right-wing lie, promoted by Donald Trump Jr. and making the rounds on social media, is that you never see people with Biden signs in their yards flying the American flag from their porches. A conservative neighbor shared a version of this on his Facebook page, and the only reason I heard ...

Biden yelling at reporters is OK?

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Joe Biden’s campaign announced another “lid” on Monday morning, during which it is avoiding all contact with reporters leading up to the Thursday-night debate. Biden acts like each reporter is highly contagious with the coronavirus. On Oct. 16, CBS News 2020 campaign reporter Bo ...

Farmers and meatpackers are teaming up

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For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching COVID-19 on the job are slim. Social distancing is not exactly a challenge when you’re farming more than 1,300 acres in rural Wisconsin. But Breitenmoser is one of many Wisconsin farmers who are showing solidarity with others ...