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Opinion

Are Americans all-in for a long coronavirus war?

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“It’s a war,” says President Donald Trump of his efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and likening his role to that of “wartime president.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the president’s claim to his commander in chief role in the crisis and his resolve: “The ...

Viruses do not carry passports

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Nor do they have birth certificates or other markers of citizenship. So the insistence of Donald Trump and other Republicans upon identifying the coronavirus that has sickened and killed people all over the world as a “Chinese virus” (as Trump has done on multiple occasions) or a “foreign ...

Coronavirus is just more fodder for Chinese propaganda campaign

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If there’s one thing worth knowing about China — in terms of geopolitics and American national security at least — it’s that its rulers are almost as afraid of the people as the people are afraid of them. Think about it. Why would a government place secret cameras everywhere? Censor ...

Legislature pauses to slow spread of COVID-19

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Jeff Edler Senate District 36 Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the Iowa Legislature passed a series of resolutions to pause the legislative session for 30 days while the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We passed a resolution, SCR 102, to allow us to adjourn until April ...

It’s time to practice social and economic distancing from China

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Americans are practicing social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus that the Chinese regime’s lies and mismanagement unleashed onto the world. It may also be time to start practicing social — and economic — distancing from China as well. China’s dictatorship bears ...

Preserve our election

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We are facing one discrete problem in the mass of chaos surrounding this pandemic that we can and must address immediately — the security of November’s election. Voting in the traditional way requires us to do the very thing that epidemiologists and public health authorities have ...

Marilyn’s mishap

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The uneven stone steps going down were damp. Her heel caught on the edge of a rounded step and she fell. An unbearable pain shot up through her left leg. “My ankle!” she screamed. She raised up and looked at her leg and wondered, “Whose ankle is that?” It was hers, twisted to the ...

Coronavirus is the ‘Chinese Virus’

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This week, President Donald Trump came under fire for his use of the phrase “Chinese virus” to describe the coronavirus, the source of the new pandemic that has led to a global economic shutdown as well as lockdowns of citizens in every major Western country. That media have somehow found ...

Biden closes in on democratic nomination as virus crisis intrudes

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s sweep of three more presidential primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona brings him only 153 delegates short of clinching the Democratic nomination, with rival Sen. Bernie Sanders denying so far to abandon the race in the cause of the party unity against ...

It’s Just GREAT practice anyways

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In this time of uncertain and uncharted territory with coronavirus pandemic, I am at a loss for words to help families thrive. In all the craziness, I realized that we are called to do is “just GREAT practice anyways.” Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Caring for the elderly just got more stressful

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We who oversee the care of elderly friends or family know what stress is all about — in normal times. It’s a hard job, physically and mentally. Even for those who can hire others to help out, there remains worry about paying good wages to keep good people, and coordinating doctor visits and ...

An update for Y Members and Participants

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losed, we intend to keep you informed about what’s going on at the Y and ways that you can stay strong and healthy during this unprecedented time. Check the Y’s social media channels and website for daily updates. Our management staff is in the office 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through ...

A problematic nominee against a problematic President

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What just happened? The Democratic presidential nomination race, which gave signs of lasting months, is now basically over. Sen. Bernie Sanders won North Dakota and lost Washington after carrying a lead on Wednesday. In Michigan and Missouri, where he won 50% and 49%, respectively, against ...

Stop panic buying and hoarding

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As a longtime resident of Marshalltown it is very concerning to see the “Panic Buying/Hoarding” that is taking place not only in our area but almost everywhere in the United States. I have sent emails to several public leaders suggesting that they publicly speak out against this idiotic ...

If someone says you’ve hurt them, believe them

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Six years ago, I messed up. In 2014 I started grad school. I went to the first school event for new students and told another student an anecdote about my study abroad in China in 2000. I told the story exactly as I always had — and I used a bad Chinese accent and broken English to imitate ...

Encourages openness of Vision Marshalltown

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In the Wednesday, March 4 Times-Republican, Vision Marshalltown was featured with the headline, “Promoting Growth.” The four areas of growth mentioned were: downtown, education, housing, pride and reputation. All ambitious and worthy goals. Since its inception our town has been blessed ...

What we lose by the closing of community department stores

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Five years ago, the sad goodbye to an icon began when Macy’s decided to close its flagship location in downtown Pittsburgh. The void, alas, still remains. For most of that building’s storied 110-plus-year-old life, until Macy’s took it 15 years ago, it was Kaufmann’s department store: ...

Quit hoarding toilet paper

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In my experience people generally do better when they know what lays before them. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much from our leaders lately. Chuck Grassley did advise us to listen to experts, not politicians, regarding the pandemic. Too bad he left out the part about politicians listening ...

Foods high in sugar

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Dear Dietitian, I’ve been working hard on eating healthy this year and I read your column regularly. I have been surprised at how much sugar is in foods that I thought were good for me. Do you have a list of these foods? Thank you, Angela Dear Angela, Remember, it’s the food ...