Opinion

The lemon is squeezed dry

Columnists

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

Columnists

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 ...

Dear Dietitian

Columnists

Dear Dietitian, I read your last column on calcium where you recommended that we get the mineral in our diet rather than pills. Is it better to get calcium from plant foods or dairy products? Just wondering Dear Wondering, Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, accounting for ...

The circular firing squad

Columnists

Mo Udall, the legendary Democratic congressman from Arizona, was brutally candid about his party’s bad habit of succumbing to intramural recriminations that became the political equivalent of a civil war in the leper colony. “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle,” ...

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

Columnists

“For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.” Donald Trump, circa 2016? Nope. That ...

Celebrating the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote

Columnists

Throughout its history, Iowa has been a place where women break barriers. Time after time, Iowa women have shown if they set their minds to something, work hard and believe in themselves, they can accomplish anything. On July 2, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iowans ratifying the 19th ...

4th of July recipes

Columnists

Today’s recipes are for the upcoming July 4 holiday. As always, enjoy. Grilled Chicken Ranch Burgers 3/4 c. ranch salad dressing 3/4 c, panko bread crumbs 3/4 c. grated parmesan cheese 3 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 tsp. pepper 4 lbs. ground chicken 3 ...

We need harsher laws for embezzlement

Your View

Several times I have thought about employees embezzling and taking from businesses — feeling they are justified, feeling its earned. Many business and cities, schools, etc. have had it happen to them. This hits home to me as our business went through embezzling also. Over a three-year period, ...

Downtown master plan provides path to revitalization

Our View

With the official approval of the downtown master plan approved by city council this week, the future of downtown Marshalltown has never looked brighter. This plan is collaborative in nature, requiring the cooperation of public and private entities alike. We are happy to endorse this master ...

Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

Columnists

Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP’s leadership. Dare I say it: These trends may suggest a gradual migration toward ...

Jury exemption should be allowed for caregiving

Your View

I’m writing this in regards to my jury service that I was scheduled for Tuesday morning. I showed up with my three 2.5-year-old triplets because my excuse for not having a sitter was denied and I am the primary caregiver to my children. I understand that some people try to get out of this for ...

Ilhan Omar’s ideological attacks on two Christian pastors

Columnists

Congressional hearings are a fixture in Washington and are supposedly a tool for investigation by the nation’s lawmaking body. Unfortunately, too often when Democrats are in charge, it’s not the case. Rather than hearings being a means for seeking facts and information, they become just a ...

MHS golf outing sees record turnout

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On behalf of the MHS Athletic Department, we would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their contributions to our very successful MHS golf outing that was held at the American Legion Golf Course on June 13. Special thanks go to Emerson, JBS, Hy-Vee and of course, the ...

Why won’t US politicians talk about Chinese authoritarianism?

Columnists

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 ...

A new fence

Columnists

A deer knocked down a part of our fence. Two days later, a storm hit, and falling branches took out another section. It was starting to feel like the HGTV version of “Final Destination.” When it’s your time, it’s your time. Not even Devon Sawa can escape the Reaper. He is Casper, after ...

Witnessing violence toward women

Columnists

Like a precursor to the evening, there was a rather rude outburst at the political rally Ginnie and I were attending. A very belligerent and loud protester had to be ejected. I’ve never witnessed this at a political rally, and it was rather scary. My first thought was there might be gun ...

Telling everyone I’m sick

Columnists

If you’re wondering why this week’s column is so lame, I have an explanation. I’m sick. Or, to be medically precise, I’m telling everyone I’m sick. But really, I’m perfectly healthy. So, telling everyone I’m sick is kind of sick. Would you ever do anything so sneaky? Of ...

Several success stories came out of this session

Columnists

We had a productive session and passed a number of new laws that will improve education, increase access to health care and make our communities safer. I am looking forward to meeting with constituents over the coming months as we prepare for the 2020 session. Some of the bills passed: ...

Moscow in the Valley

Columnists

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe has released another damning video and leaked documents with further evidence of the extent to which tech lefties will go to deprive Americans of free speech and access to information. This time, the video and documents come from Google — a Silicon ...

Manufactured claims of a ‘manufactured crisis’

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Democrats must think voters have short memories, particularly when it comes to their role in the spiraling immigration crisis at the southern border. Dozens of high-ranking Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls have told ...