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Opinion

Advice for the president

Columnists

Dear Mr. President, “Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother”? It’s a song lyric from the musical “The Pajama Game,” but fitting here. There is a way you can hang onto your base, keeping them engaged, energized, without the constant Twitter assaults on those who ...

Reporters suddenly hate the Soviets?

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Reporter Andrea Mitchell is celebrating 40 years with NBC News and appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” to discuss the milestone. Host Trevor Noah suggested that the killing of five people in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom could be laid at President Trump’s door (he wasn’t ...

Love for a child isn’t so simple anymore

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Last week, you walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear. Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to ...

Media doesn’t want to understand Trump voters

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As the tax evasion trial of former presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort began, the Trump-hating Democratic Media Complex renewed its howls, hoping Manafort flips and gives up Trump’s head. Mollie Hemingway, the conservative senior editor from The Federalist, asked a question on ...

Elizabeth Warren’s lie

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Elizabeth Warren is branching out. The Massachusetts senator, who has made a career of unfairly maligning bankers and other alleged capitalist malefactors, is now smearing the criminal justice system, too. In a speech at a historically black college in New Orleans, she declared that “the ...

Colleges: A force for evil

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Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A ...

MCBD asks for your tax dollars

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MCBD - Marshalltown Central Business District petitioned the City Council to give $40,000 in grant money, previously earmarked for facade upgrades, to their organization for “operational expenses.” Operational expenses like wages. The MCBD is a non-profit 501c6 organization, just like the ...

What does it mean to be conservative?

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I am in Austin, TX, to have a conversation with conservatives about conservatism and public policy. I am calling this conversation the “Resurgent Gathering” as conservatives spend two days exploring how to spark a conservative resurgence in the country. What does it mean, in the 21st ...

Would war with Iran doom Trump?

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A war with Iran would define, consume and potentially destroy the Trump presidency, but exhilarate the neocon never-Trumpers who most despise the man. Why, then, is President Donald Trump toying with such an idea? Looking back at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, wars we began or ...

GOP Congressional candidates … on their own

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It’s a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s American classic about a young child’s awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches ...

Dems’ make-work plans will cost you big

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Friday morning, 26-year-old software developer David Casarez put on a shirt and tie, grabbed his homemade cardboard sign saying “Homeless — Hungry 4 Success — Take a Resume” and positioned himself at an intersection in Mountain View, California. A passerby posted his photo on Twitter. ...

The future is bright: Marshalltown Strong

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I’d never seen anything like it in my life. It was like a scene out of a movie — yes, cliche, but it was the reality. When we were down in the basement of the Times-Republican, I thought it was just typical Tornado Warning protocol. Really, it felt like a nuisance with all the work that ...

The advance of technology

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In the midst of an evening out, our family was talking about horses and how we totally depended on them just one hundred years ago. Those old-time folks walked everywhere they went. I remember a book that I read forty years ago. The author claimed that his facts showed technology changes every ...

America needs trade policy that works

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There are few American microcosms more prolific than hard working people breaking their backs at all hours of the day to produce products that are essential to the U.S. economy. Marshalltown is a great example of a city with a variety of industries such as manufacturing, innovative engineering, ...

Two devastating tornados in one decade

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Two devastating tornados in one decade Pam Delabardelle UnityPoint Health - Waterloo CEO Not again, I thought to myself. No one thinks they will experience a devastating tornado twice in their lifetime — but that’s exactly what happened. Ten years ago, I led a hospital near Parkersburg ...

Polluters should pay to cleanup water

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My family went to Pine Lake State Park for a greatly anticipated weekend of camping, swimming and beach picnics. When we arrived we learned the water was unsafe due to bacterial contamination. How disappointing for the weekend, but how tragic for life! I’m happy to pay taxes to protect ...

Trumped out

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Two distinct realities coexist in the nation’s capital with the approximate compatibility of oil and water. There’s the reality of 4.1 percent economic growth, full employment, a declining trade deficit, and some wage growth. And then there’s Michael Cohen. While President Trump ...

Thanks to Central Iowa Fair open class exhibitors

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Just over 100 exhibitors of all ages brought over 300 exhibits to the 2018 Central Iowa Fair Open Class competition. We had everything from vegetables to quilts to photographs. We would like to thank all the exhibitors for taking the time to share their talents. The photography division, ...

Grasping the impact of gun violence

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“Imagine the earth beneath you opening up and swallowing you whole. Imagine feeling everything good inside you — love, joy, kindness, trust, security, hope — burning and scorching to embers, giving way to fear, desperation, anguish and helplessness. Imagine being trapped in your worst ...

Appreciates tornado coverage

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After the devastating Thurs. July 19 EF-3 tornado hit Marshalltown, the scars will show up for a long time. Marshalltown is a very strong community. It will come back. It will take time. Even though there is a lot of help from around the country, and within Iowa. More help will be on the way. ...