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Opinion

Trump’s postmaster general should be returned to sender

Columnists

President Trump’s postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, recently testified before Congress about major slowdowns in mail delivery under his watch. As a 20-year postal veteran, I had only one reaction: DeJoy needs to be Returned to Sender. DeJoy, a Trump fundraiser who owns millions worth of ...

A most consequential presidency

Columnists

As Donald Trump has been nominated for a second term, how his presidency has already altered the orientation of his party is on display. Under Trump, the GOP ceased to be a party of small government whose yardstick of success was how close it came to a balanced budget. Trump signed on this ...

Families can support kids’ mental health – here’s how

Columnists

The choice between in-person learning, where available, and remote learning is a fraught one for parents. Children experience joy and connection when they learn alongside other kids, but they risk being exposed to the coronavirus. Remote learning at home can protect kids from COVID-19, but does ...

‘Open your ears’ to scripture

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A very long time ago God had the necessity of making an “in your face” proclamation to his people. They had long since disobeyed his voice and each one did as they wanted. Scripture reveals a few names such as Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, but there are many names that are not. Jeremiah was ...

Do not forget the important amidst the urgency

Columnists

The last few months I have been thinking a great deal about the balance between the urgent and the important. Initially the thoughts were centered around the impact COVID-19 has on the ability to focus on what is important when we are consumed by what is urgent. The battle between urgent and ...

How many people would choose whiteness over democracy?

Columnists

“If people were given the choice between democracy and whiteness, how many would choose whiteness?” Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil Rights Movement, drops that question like a bomb on Page 352 of “Caste,” the new book by Isabel Wilkerson, herself also ...

Dan Holt: Trail Run for Fun!

Columnists

“It doesn’t need to be your personal best. It doesn’t need to look pretty. It doesn’t need to improve from the last run. It just needs to happen.” Sign beside trail, author unknown. Dan Holt and Penne on a Sunday morning trail run. From Mt. Pleasant, this is 52-year old Holt’s ...

Many struggling to find food, shelter

Columnists

Our area has been affected especially hard by the storm that went through our state last week. Thousands of people, including myself, have gone without power and suffered major damage on their property. Many Iowans are struggling to find food and shelter as we continue to deal with effects of ...

Life changes

Columnists

Life is full of changes. With change comes growth and independence. This past weekend we moved our daughter into her first college apartment. My son had a full week of high school cross country practice as a freshman. Extended family also welcomed a new bundle of joy, sweetly name Evelyn. I was ...

Finding hope in her ambition

Columnists

In 2016, I wanted Hillary Clinton to be our next president, and I was sure that she would be. I was devastated. In 2019 and early 2020, I wanted a woman to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Instead, one qualified woman after another failed to get enough votes, and now ...

Strength, resilience are Marshalltown hallmarks

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Marshalltown Strong made its reappearance in full force after Monday’s derecho storm. The 99 mph winds and torrential rains brought back memories of the July 2018 tornado. The trauma of the tornado came back to residents as they heard the wind roar through neighborhoods and debris smash ...

Speak up and save the Postal Service

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Most of us frequently rely on the efficiency of the U. S. Postal Services, where a 50-cent stamp can mail a letter across the nation in just a few days. Well, not anymore. Our postal service is now another target of Trump cronyism and chaos. In June, Pres.Trump appointed one of his major ...

Biden needs a safe choice for VP

Columnists

Political pledges often cause headaches. On election night in 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt told reporters, “Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for or accept another nomination.” He regretted it almost immediately. Later, he would say, “I would be willing to cut off my hand ...

What risk level should we accept?

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President Trump, interestingly, decided it’s too dangerous to have a Republican National Convention but it should be mandatory that all schools — except his son’s — reopen under the threat of losing federal funds. In justifying his position, he said, “Children are almost immune,” ...

The missing group of voters in 2020

Columnists

Political polls elicit predictable reactions from the candidates being polled. The campaign of the candidate trailing in the poll almost invariably invokes history: “I, for one, am grateful that Christopher Columbus didn’t take a poll before he bravely sailed off in search of a New World. ...