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Taste of Central Iowa

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Today I have a variety of recipes that don’t fit into a specific category, other than they are good. Meatloaf 1 lb. low-fat ground beef 1/2 c. bread crumbs 1/2 or 1 green pepper, diced 1/2 c. tomato sauce, divided 1 onion, diced Combine all ingredients, except add only 1/4 ...

Shocked by Marshalltown tornado

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I was shocked, even horrified, when I learned my former hometown had been hit by a tornado. Thank God nobody was killed. I understand the old Fantles building, and many others, were destroyed. The loss of the courthouse tower cupola was especially sad. In my new home state of Arizona we worry ...

Focus on overcoming links between poverty and education

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Ready or not, local kids will go back to school in mid-August. From kindergarten to senior year of high school, good schooling is fundamental to a child’s success as an adult. Of course, life circumstances also play a role in that success, especially when it comes to household income. When ...

Thank God for Uncle Rudy

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You know Rudy — the eccentric, sometimes batty, uncle who lives in the attic? One thing about Rudy, he always seems to know when family gatherings are becoming tense and descends to the rescue with some gibberish to lighten the mood. What would we do without him? Uncle Rudy used to be ...

Thank you from the Red Cross

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More than 400 members of the American Red Cross came to Marshalltown in the days after the tornado hit on July 19. Members of the Red Cross here in Iowa were joined by Red Cross staff and volunteers from around the country as we joined many other agencies taking on the massive task of helping ...

We’re all living in Trump’s kayfabe world

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President Trump’s demonization of the media as the “enemy of the people” is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, “kayfabe” means presenting staged events as if they’re real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not ...

Response: How do we achieve ‘trade policy that works?’

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The first page of the T-R “Matter of Opinion “ section on Sun. Aug. 5 featured an “Our View” opinion piece entitled “America needs trade policy that works.” After more than a singular reading, I remained aware that the contributors to the article either voluntarily or more probably, ...

Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.

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So says Carolyn Bryant Donham in historian Timothy B. Tyson’s 2017 book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” You keep hoping for more, hoping to hear her wrestle with her crime, explain how she could have done what she did — and how she lives with herself now. But in the end, the admission is ...

A real twister is coming

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"Twister" came out when I was in junior high. I loved that movie. It had action, suspense and heart, and it defined my wardrobe for the next 18 months or so. I became obsessed with Helen Hunt's white tank top and baggy khaki cargo pants. It was the epitome of independent adventurer, and I wore ...

Buddy eats Curt’s birthday present!

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Ginnie came to me bright and early the day before my birthday. “There’s an issue with Buddy.” “Uh, oh.” I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘issue.’ “Oh, what’s that?” I asked, trying to act nonchalant. It was at this point Ginnie broke down. “I feel terrible,” ...

How to execute the silent treatment

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When you’re Very Masculine like myself, you must work hard with fitness, often using a Bowflex or even a ThighMaster in between reps of stirring giant glasses of chocolate milk and cursing your wife for eating all the cheese. Because of my schedule, the only time I’m able to go to the gym ...

Meat Glut Hangs over Markets

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U.S. producers of beef, pork, chicken and turkey may produce over 100 billion pounds of meat this year, a record that is causing a stomachache for markets. Most U.S. livestock is fed a diet that is heavy in corn and soybeans, and low grain prices over the past few years allowed for rapid ...

Thank you T-R staff for tornado coverage

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Speaking for the Marshalltown community, I would like to express gratitude to the entire staff of the Times-Republican, from publisher to circulation, for the outstanding service they have provided during the past weeks. Early on Friday morning, July 20, I was so surprised and pleased to find a ...

The Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s

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WASHINGTON — This week a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., promising to go after their families and “feed them lead.” When police raided his ...

MCT is wonderful for youth involvement

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In May my daughter auditioned for a part in the Wizard of Oz. From the moment my 11-year-old daughter took the stage to audition, (while I white-knuckled it in my seat, watching) through to the final show, she was shown incredible amounts of patience, constructive criticism spoken to her at ...

Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

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It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that ...

Is collusion criminal?

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In the last two weeks, the Trump administration has begun to make a rather interesting legal argument: Collusion isn’t criminal. President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani made this argument on television; Trump repeated it on Twitter. But is it true? Technically, collusion isn’t a crime. ...

Had enough of Trump?

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Some irate Donald Trump supporters have had enough. Enough, that is, of my columns harping on the damage their man has done and is doing to American democracy by attacking the press and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible obstruction of justice by him that could lead ...

Electric grid hacking more perilous than election hacking

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Kremlin-connected cyber criminals are capable of turning off our electric power from afar, while power plant employees watch helplessly. In the last two weeks, the federal Department of Homeland Security held four briefings warning that Russian hackers are already practicing how to throw the ...

Teach good manners

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Attend any event where children are present and one will quickly learn that the idea of using manners is almost nonexistent. At the age of 2, my daughter knew how to say, “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me.” We made up our mind when she was born that our children would not be ...