Opinion

Swamp things storm the palace

Columnists

WASHINGTON — If there was “great love all around” during President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise were deceptively discreet. From the coverage, one might have thought that Madame Tussauds had teamed up ...

What would you give to save your world?

Columnists

Elmo Cook knew nothing about it. He’d heard the sirens in the middle of the night alerting all of Abilene that something had happened, but when he tried to turn on the radio, he found that his power was out. And when he left for work in the morning, the paperboy had not yet made his ...

The flaw in trying to paint Biden as another Hillary Clinton

Columnists

Is Joe Biden Hillary Clinton — or George W. Bush? The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he’s neither. He’s Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, recently asked “Is Biden the ...

Tick trauma

Columnists

“His name is Howell!” “OK, fine. Then I have to remove Howell,” I said. My daughter has a love of naming things — even things that are latched on to her body and sucking her blood. I took out my tweezers and considered that perhaps she didn’t understand that Howell, her newly ...

Calling all airheads

Columnists

Be honest, now: What’s so bad about meetings? There must be something, right? Whether the meeting is a brainstorming session, status update or an executive spiel on the company’s flimsy future, even the best employees do not look forward to being called into a conference room. As for ...

Ring Out for Art

Columnists

The last time I was in Jefferson, Iowa, I was 6 years old and had my tonsils out in the Greene County Hospital. They used ether back then as an anesthetic and it was a horrible experience, so my memory of Jefferson is somewhat clouded and not very pleasant. Sign of the times: My grandson ...

Sharon Soorholtz Greer appointment is well deserved

Opinion

The three of us served as bankruptcy counsel, special health care counsel and advisor/Chief Wind-down Officer to Central Iowa Healthcare in connection with the 2016 bankruptcy and successful sale transaction to UnityPoint Health – Waterloo. We, and on behalf of our firms, offer our heartiest ...

Governor’s use of power not consistent

Opinion

The Iowa Legislature’s medical cannabidiol bill was vetoed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Doing so she says she’s protecting Iowans from excessive amounts of THC. However, the governor’s political reasoning using a veto to overrule the legislature is not consistent. Restoring all ex-felon’s ...

Christians promise fellowship to God

Opinion

Recently, we spent time in another town. While visiting with friends, we were seated near a table with a 9 year old and her guardian — probably her grandmother. When grandma left to fill her plate I thought I would try to engage the child in conversation. She looked straight ahead and ...

Trump’s tariffs are socialist

Opinion

You have to laugh at President Donald Trump. He calls Democrats socialists. It is Trump who is hurting the farmers with his tariffs on China. Then socialist Trump uses the people’s tax money to bailout farmers for the loss taken with Trump tariffs. No wonder Trump went bankrupt in his past ...

A points-based immigration system makes sense

Another View

President Donald Trump this month announced a broad plan to move the United States away from an immigration system that favors family sponsorship toward one that favors merit or skills-based immigration — one that would favor highly skilled, financially self-sufficient immigrants who learn ...

Job Market Shakier

Columnists

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its newest monthly estimates on the U.S. employment situation, showing a gloomier outlook. While unemployment remains at a 49-year low of 3.6 percent, very few new jobs are being created and wages are increasing tepidly. The newest report showed only ...

Beverly Hills tobacco prohibition puts local profits at risk

Columnists

History has demonstrated that Prohibition doesn’t work — and neither will the sweeping tobacco ban voted into effect this week in Beverly Hills. In what’s considered to be the first ban of its kind, the Beverly Hills City Council voted in a unanimous 5-0 decision on Tuesday to outlaw ...

Put coward Florida cop in prison, and who’s next?

Columnists

It shouldn’t be surprising that Scot Peterson — the coward cop of Broward County, Fla. — has been charged with crimes that could send him to prison for 100 years. The charges? They involve negligence. Peterson stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and hid from gunfire for ...

Why celebrity politics matters

Columnists

This week, celebrities emerged from their Hollywood cocoon to sound off on abortion law ... in Georgia. If this sounds bizarre, that’s because it is: The people of Georgia don’t spend an awful lot of time trying to control the policies of New York or California. Yet the greatest and most ...

Democrats, don’t try to impeach Trump. Please

Columnists

Many pundits have this unfortunate habit of framing what they want as what the American people want. I’ve been guilty of this at times. After all, what is more gratifying than the idea that the American masses are marching behind your band? Similarly, some left-leaning writers are ...

D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman

Columnists

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the ...

Mueller strikes out. Media reports home run

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Color us surprised. The nightly news obsession over nonexistent Trump-Russia collusion isn’t abating. It’s actually growing! They cannot be shamed. They cannot be shaken by inconvenient facts. It’s been established there was no collusion, no obstruction, no high crime that’s ...