Opinion

How to create conflict

Columnists

We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control over ...

It’s more than the economy

Columnists

For more than a generation, James Carville’s campaign maxim, “It’s the economy, stupid,” has been held up as an essential truth of American politics. There’s no denying that a strong economy is an incumbent president’s best friend. Seventy-three percent of voters currently rate ...

Dear Dietitian

Columnists

Dear readers, A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on nutrition myths. There were some myths specific to cancer, one of which read: Myth: An-all vegetable diet helps cure cancer. There was a patient in the hospital that revealed she had followed an all-veggie diet for cancer and exclaimed, “I ...

Understanding why Donald Trump loathes John McCain

Columnists

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain, “Big Bad John,” was christened in 1992 in honor of the U.S. Navy’s first father-son duo of four-star admirals, “Slew” and Jack. On July 12, 2018, their son and grandson respectively, retired Navy captain and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III ...

Bernie & Joe: Two old white men take the lead

Columnists

In 2018, a record turnout of women, minorities and young added 40 House seats to Democratic ranks and made Nancy Pelosi speaker. This, we were told, is the new diversity coalition — women, people of color, millennials — that will take down The Donald in 2020. So, how has the Democratic ...

Pasta recipes

Columnists

Pasta is one of my favorite foods, so today I am sharing some recipes that feature my favorite food. Baked Spaghetti 1 lb. spaghetti 1 Tbls. salt 1 medium onion, chopped 4 Tbls. oil 15 oz. tomato sauce 16 oz. tomatoes, chopped salt, to taste pepper, to taste 9 oz. cheddar ...

New journey, same start

Columnists

Marshalltown has always been home to me, no matter where I lived. I think it was mainly in part that it was easier to point out on a map but also because most people I talked to knew where it was compared to the town of Gilman where I actually live. But Marshalltown to me is more than just a ...

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 ...