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Opinion

Trump didn’t encourage Pittsburgh shooter, but he’s not helping

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The debate over whether or not President Trump encouraged the man who set out to slaughter Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh really isn’t a debate at all. It’s a shouting match. “Yes, he did!” “No, he didn’t!” And it will likely only make things worse, as each ...

Thank you for supporting veterans at IVH

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Thank you so much to those who graciously donate to the residents at the Iowa Veterans Home. We currently have close to 500 residents with a variety of needs. Our Volunteer Advisory Committee is raising money for our Christmas Fund to purchase gifts for residents. Giving for Christmas will ...

Grumpy Halloween

Columnists

Halloween doesn’t just happen on Oct. 31 anymore. In my town, we have a monster parade that marches though the entire city, bringing joy and flamethrowers to thousands of onlookers. It ends in a massive disco dance party for the whole community — with all the people clad in costume and on ...

Thanks from Friends of Marshall County Conservation

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A multitude of thanks are due to many angels who helped facilitate the “Sunset Wine, Cheese and Auction” to benefit the Friends of Marshall County Conservation on Oct. 12. We are grateful that, when we learned our event had to be moved, Barb Hagstrand was willing to accommodate us ...

Chronicles of Cool Dad: Trampoline Park Edition

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Trampoline parks combine the joys of a daycare center and the thrills of mid-air turbulence with the manic uncertainty of when you’re going to twist an ankle or enjoy whiplash for the first time. It’s like entering a child mosh pit and paying $45 for the privilege. To be honest, I was ...

Three-year anniversary

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Ginnie and I recently celebrated our three-year wedding anniversary. On Oct. 10, three years ago, Ginnie stepped out of the back door of our garage, strolled across the grass, to the music and singing of “Going to the Chapel” and my life, our lives, changed forever. Who would have thought ...

Soybeans Surge on China Talks

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Soybeans exploded nearly 5 percent on Thursday on the heels of a tweet by President Trump: “Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China… with a heavy emphasis on Trade.” While light on details, the president’s optimism spilled over into the soybean ...

We survived Nixon. We’ll survive Trump.

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Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced that the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our nation survived ...

The madness of college basketball goes well beyond March

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Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New York jury, which ...

Charles Spencer Lusher, 81

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Charles Spencer Lusher, 81, of Grinnell passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell. Funeral services for Charles will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Visitation will be on Tuesday, ...

Equal justice #ForAll

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Consider the fates of two prominent Americans, comedian Louis C.K. and former President Bill Clinton. Both have been accused of serious sexual misconduct. But unlike the comedian, whose recent tiptoe back into show business has been met with howls of protest, Clinton continues to enjoy public ...

When we broaden the definition of incitement, freedom suffers

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Over the past week, we’ve heard the media pitching one particular narrative nonstop: the story that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has resulted in increased violence. We heard it in the aftermath of a spate of attempted bombing attacks against Democratic targets by a Floridian nut job, ...

The midterms: All about Trump

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Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he has made next week’s’ midterm congressional elections all about him. He has told his faithful flock so in no uncertain terms, saying it’s irrelevant that his name won’t be on the ballot anywhere. Candidates of both major parties will be ...

The midterm elections

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The midterm elections are less than a week away, and predictions are changing daily. Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight predicts that Democrats will take the House but not the Senate. MyBookie says the odds are better that Republicans will keep control of both. Some Democratic optimists are still ...

Take it to a vote

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With state elections taking place next week, now is a great time to talk to children about the importance of voting. It is a great way to teach your children how our cities, counties and country work. Start the conversation I love dinner table conversations or car ride chats that give our ...

Oppose Alliant Energy Smart Meter

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Iowa Consumer Advocate, Mark Schuling is opposing Alliant Energy’s smart meter rollout at an Iowa Utility Board hearing Nov. 5 in Des Moines. Attorneys General and state utility boards around the country have opposed smart meters due to many studies showing no cost benefit. Smart meters ...

Hating the Jews

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“Some of my best friends are Jews.” That familiar, yet offensive, phrase has been used by some people as a defense against an accusation of anti-Semitism. It’s time, however, to rebrand it as a positive affirmation of love and concern for the Jewish people. In light of the latest mass ...

Again, we fight for the vote

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Coretta Scott King saw this coming. “Struggle is a never-ending process,” she wrote a year after her husband, Martin, was killed. “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” The fight is upon us, again. First stop: Dodge City, Kansas. Two weeks before ...

Will burly men stop House Democrats’ blue wave?

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Do they live in two different worlds? White college graduate women favor Democrats over Republicans in House elections by a 62 to 35 percent margin. White non-college-graduate men favor Republicans over Democrats in House elections by a 58 to 38 percent margin. Those results are from a ...