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What the Flint water crisis meant for my family

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In 2015, my life fell apart. The first signs of trouble came from my son Jaylon. He was five years old and, although he struggled with ADHD, perfectly healthy. But then he started acting out in ways he never had before. His school didn’t know how to handle it, so they started suspending ...

Thank you for keeping me safe

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Thank you to law enforcement personnel and staff, fire fighting personnel and staff, medical workers, school personnel and staff, veterans. Because of you and many others, I am able to enjoy a safe, good life.

The problem isn’t Netflix, it’s us

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Netflix, the video streaming giant, is in hot water with at least some segments of the American public because of a French film it is currently showing called “Cuties” (“Mignonnes” in the original French). The film is about a group of 11-year-old girls in Paris who form a team to ...

Trump playing down virus is good thing

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In the Sept. 16 Times-Republican, Connie Schultz’s article on another revelation, another layer of grief. She blames President Trump for down-playing the virus. I am glad he did, even with playing it down, there was a rush on buying up just about everything in the supermarket. It took ...

Sin has consequences

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You citizens of Chicago, are you ready for round two? I am Rev. Charles Abraham Albin. One week has passed since I stood here and preached about a loving God who wants you to be part of His kingdom. I want to tell you of His plan of salvation for all mankind - all who would choose it, that ...

Cyberbullying

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With the school year now upon us, the police department will be seeing more and more complaints regarding harassment in general and cyberbullying specifically. Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment through the internet or other technologies such as social media sites or instant messaging ...

New bills offer opportunity to help Iowa dialysis patients

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As fall approaches, the COVID-19 pandemic still poses a major threat to people living here in Iowa, as well as others across the U.S. With public health still top-of-mind, it is important that we do everything we can to protect high-risk patients, especially those living with end-stage renal ...

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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The food, the music, the work ethic, the passion — Hispanic-Americans have a lot to be proud of. When our ancestors immigrated to the United States, they brought with them the rich and vibrant heritage that we celebrate today. Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually Sept. 15 through Oct. ...

Ginnie’s excellent birthday

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O n Aug. 27, the night before Ginnie’s birthday, the moon and Mars lined up side-by-side, announcing Ginnie’s grand and glorious birthday. Ginnie and I viewed it together, her eyes starry, wondering what I had in store for her big day. “Happy birthday, Ginnie!” the locust seemed to ...

Jeanette Catherine Kramer Vaske

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Jeanette Catherine Kramer Vaske left this earth to be in the arms of her savior on September 15, 2020, with her family by her side. Family and friends will honor Jeanette with a visitation at St. Francis of Assisi Parish — St. Henry Catholic Church — 221 West Olive St. in Marshalltown — ...

Trump knew COVID-19 could kill. He just didn’t care.

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“Captain,” said the first mate, “we just crashed into an iceberg — the hull’s been breached!” “An iceberg. Deadly stuff,” said the captain. “Still, let’s play it down.” “What are your orders? We must warn the passengers.” “I’ll make an announcement… ...

Thank you for supporting Alliant Energy

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Our purpose is to serve customers and build strong communities, and it guides our work every day. Just over one month ago - following the derecho storm on August 10 — our purpose truly came to life. The storm brought devastation few have ever seen in the Midwest. More than a quarter of a ...

Raising empathetic children

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Did you know that starting as early as age 6 months, babies can gauge your response to another person in the room or a particular situation? How you greet a neighbor or a stranger can tell your baby a lot. It’s called empathy. It’s more than just teaching your children to play nice with one ...

The Campaign is at knife’s edge

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The presidential campaign is at knife’s edge. Both parties’ campaigns assume that patterns of support will closely resemble those in 2016. And both are making surprisingly little effort, considering how close that contest turned out to be, with the 46 crucial electoral votes decided by just ...

Pharmaceutical industry threatens access to prescriptions

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As our country faces both a public health and a looming economic crisis, access to affordable prescription drugs is more important than ever. Unfortunately, as drug prices continue to rise, the pharmaceutical industry is attempting to dismantle one program that ensures access to low-cost ...

Another revelation, another layer of grief

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Ilearned a lot about how to die from my mother, and long before I was holding her hand as she drew her last breath. After nearly two decades as a nurse’s aide, Mom became a hospice home-care worker. She took care of the dying, one patient at a time. She spent eight to 10 hours a day with ...

Choose life in November

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When you vote there is only one choice you can make — life or death. One party supports life, the other party supports death. There is no other issue that is more important in this election. It is what and how we will live from this day on. Do you think that the candidates who do not ...

Killing someone is not like missing a golf putt

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Trying to keep up with the stunningly inappropriate — and worse — remarks of Donald Trump can sometimes seem like a full-time job. But some of his most outrageous comments came in a recent Fox News interview about police violence. In an interview with right-wing media superstar Laura ...

Democrats playing the long con

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“Con” in this context is slang for “confidence game” — an effort to deceive or defraud someone, usually out of money or property. Dictionary.com defines a “long con” this way: “an elaborate confidence game that develops in several stages over an extended period of time wherein ...

‘There is always progress to be made’

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As I was scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago I saw a quote that struck me, “I promise to teach my babies to love your babies. Period.” As a mother of three young boys — one with a disability — and having worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and severe mental ...