×

Opinion

Trump is a con man

Your View

Sorry Mrs Dates, but the election is over and Trump lost and that’s very clear. As I read this letter from Mrs Dates I had to ask myself how can two people look at Trump and see two completely different people. Where she sees the “People’s President,” I see a narcissistic con man and ...

Why forgiving student debt is a bad idea

Columnists

One good rule of thumb is to judge parties and politicians by their priorities. Politicians often pretend to be for every good thing under the sun, so the best way to judge them is to look at which things they actually work to achieve or spend political capital on. This will tell you not only ...

Afghanistan and Iraq: When will we ever learn?

Columnists

Missing in any debate about whether it is wise for the United States to reduce our troop numbers in both Afghanistan and Iraq, as the Trump administration has ordered, down to 2,500 Americans in each country (a number, let it be noted, that is too few to fight and too many to die), is the ...

Hope in dark times

Columnists

Last week, on my syndicated radio program, I told my listeners that even though there was probably fraud in the election, it would not be enough to overcome the margin of Joe Biden’s victory. Joe Biden is President-elect. After telling my listeners Biden would be President-elect, I said ...

Do diet sodas cause weight gain?

Columnists

Dear Dietitian, I am on a diet and I usually drink one or two diet sodas a day. A coworker insists that diet sodas cause weight gain instead of weight loss. Is this true? Suzanne Dear Suzanne, Artificial sweeteners, or nonnutritive sweeteners, made a debut with saccharin in 1884 in ...

How to bring back Marshalltown’s tree canopy

Columnists

Between 2018 tornado and the 2020 derecho, the community has lost a number of trees in public areas, like the terrace area or parks and on private property. While there are not any programs that help with tree removal on private property, the city has FEMA Public Assistance to help with public ...

Greed is only greed

Columnists

Greed is good. That, you may recall, was the mantra of corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film, “Wall Street.” It came to symbolize the rapacious gluttony of that era - and its rejection of the dewy-eyed idealism of the 1960s. Well, 1987 was a long time ago, but Gekko’s ...

We need a safety net for parents

Columnists

This week my students turned in papers relating news articles to what they learned in class about parenting. Every single student’s paper is about how the pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing inequalities. I’m a teaching assistant in a family sociology course, and inequality is one of the ...

Trump is ‘People’s President’

Your View

The election for President has already taken place. Whether President Trump remains for a second term is still not clear. As Princess Diana is remembered as the “People’s Princess,” I predict Trump in later years will be remembered as the “People’s President.” No one has ever ...

I hate those mieces to pieces!

Columnists

I was welding away on the last sculpture for my art show in Fort Madison. In fact, I had just completed the last weld, when my MIG wire welder started smoking and flames shot out of the front. I stopped welding and fortunately the flames andt smoke subsided. What in tarnation?! I opened the ...

Leave Iowa River Hospice alone

Your View

I have been reading about the proposed plans that will destroy one of the most wonderful places in Marshalltown. For those of you who have not had any dealings with Iowa River Hospice, let me share with you. A few years ago, my wonderful mother was in need of help that was above and beyond ...

WW II lesson ignored during this pandemic

Columnists

Forgive me, but I don’t think Americans are as tough as we used to be. Specifically, I don’t think many of us see the big picture the way our parents and our grandparents did. I venture down this treacherous path because I think this lack of toughness is affecting Iowans’ response to ...

This Thanksgiving, choose love

Columnists

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. It’s a holiday with none of the pressures of Christmas. I cook a lot of food and give a lot of hugs. Nothing makes me happier than our house full of the people I love. This preamble is brought to you by a columnist who wants you and those you ...

Please abandon Fifth Avenue project

Your View

From the opening of the Iowa River Hospice Home in the year 2009, the prevailing comment from patients, family and visitors has been, “this is such a nice, peaceful place.”   The Hospice House was situated in such a way, and built with a veranda that allows access for patients and their ...

I’m optimistic about America

Columnists

I’m a conservative, and I guess I should be writing a column about my great distress resulting from this election. But I’m not going to write that column, because it’s not what I feel. I’m actually quite upbeat and optimistic about the country that I love. With all my genuine, and ...

Reynolds has failed Iowans

Your View

Did you see it? If you didn’t don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything important. Six minutes of old failed strategy, and pleas to her own constituents to “do the right thing and wear masks.” With hospitals filled to capacity, and essential medical personnel working under terrible ...

Low-income voters showed up for Biden, now they need relief

Columnists

Joe Biden is headed to the White House, and he has low-income voters to thank. While higher-income voters swung further towards Donald Trump compared to four years ago, increased support from poor and low-income voters helped push the former vice president over the top. According to early ...

Planned road still a problem

Your View

It seems that the plan to build the road for South Fifth Avenue continues to be a problem. I am a registered nurse who works at the Iowa River Hospice Home. I can’t believe that this could even be an issue as it is proposed to go right through the ambulance patient unloading area, as well ...

Seattle is due for a costly lesson

Columnists

During the summer’s nationwide lunacies — statues toppled and stores looted, ostensibly to demand better law enforcement — Seattle’s government chose to turn 16 city blocks into an exploration of the delights of life without law. The fun paled after three weeks, and now the city might ...

Please drive safe this winter

Columnists

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, I continue to be thankful for the wonderful fall weather we have enjoyed. However, like it or not, winter weather will soon be upon us. That means winter weather driving conditions. The Weather Channel website lists several tips regarding winter travel and ...