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Opinion

The morality test for pro-life and pro-birth

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“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. Your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth.” – Sister Joan ...

Kudos to Dianne Feinstein

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Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: Dianne Feinstein was right. A small group of middle- and high-school children from the San Francisco Bay area visited the Democratic senator from California last week to demand she support the “Green New Deal,” a collection of ...

How is abortion after birth not news?

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In the wake of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s radio interview where he made bizarre remarks about extending the “right to choose” to after-birth abortion (or medical neglect), Sen. Ben Sasse authored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Late in the afternoon on Feb. 25, ...

I’ve been Silicon Valley sharia’d

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Last week, the little birdies in Twitter’s legal department notified me that one of my tweets from 2015 is “in violation of Pakistan law.” It seems like ancient history, but Islamic supremacists never forget — or forgive. My innocuous tweet featured a compilation image of the 12 ...

Fostering a love of music at elementary level

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Is elementary music today taught differently than it was 40 years ago? What do you remember from your elementary music classes? Do you remember singing songs from songbooks? Having tambourines, triangles and hand drums to play? Doing the Maypole dance? Listening to music of famous ...

Grief, revisited and revised

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One autumn evening in 1999, I was driving with my 12-year-old daughter in the front passenger seat, when she asked me something about my childhood. I don’t remember her question, but I doubt I’ll ever forget my answer. “I don’t know, honey,” I told her. “We’ll have to ask ...

Despite short-term ruckus, long-term progress on border

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Compromise reached. Donald Trump is going to build — his administration is said to be building already, with appropriated funds — the wall, er, barrier. Congressional Democrats have reportedly inserted provisions that make it easier for purported asylum seekers arriving with children to ...

Judicial nominating, animal cruelty discussed

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When House Republicans came into the majority in 2011 the state budget was a disaster. The state faced a structural deficit of $1 billion, was using one time funds for ongoing needs and the state’s reserve accounts had been raided without plans to refill them. This poor management resulted ...

Education funding, taxes top priorities last week

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This week marked the sixth week of the 2019 legislative session. The majority of the work has still been in subcommittee and committee as funnel week moves closer. March 8 is the end of funnel week and the final date for individual bills of a chamber to pass through the respective committees to ...

Race, Trump and local news

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A family invited a traveling evangelist to stay in their home. (He was preaching at the family’s church.) As the parents slept, the evangelist allegedly raped their 14-year-old daughter. Five years later, the man has still not faced a jury of his peers. The 14-year-old is now 19. She is in ...

Hate crime hoaxes: The bad and the good

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Jussie Smollett, “Empire” actor, claimed that on Jan. 29, two masked men identifying themselves as Donald Trump supporters and using racial and homophobic insults attacked him. Smollett said the assailants yelled “This is MAGA country,” bashed his face, crushed his ribs, splashed him ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear Dietitian, We often hear about diet and heart disease or weight loss. I recently read about a diet that might prevent dementia. Have you heard of this? Signed, Mr. Potzman Dear Mr. Potzman, There has been recent research on diet and dementia. The MIND (Mediterranean-DASH ...

On to Caracas and Tehran!

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In the Venezuelan crisis, said President Donald Trump in Florida, “All options are on the table.” And if Venezuela’s generals persist in their refusal to break with Nicolas Maduro, they could “lose everything.” Another example of Yankee bluster and bluff? Or is Trump prepared to ...

Congress loses a man of courage and decency

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As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th birthday, was an ...

The case for slowing down

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Have you ever seen something countless times and one day notice something different about it? It blows my mind every time. I remember one time I was brushing my teeth and I realized I switch hands depending on the side of my mouth I’m brushing. I hear you, this is not a scientific ...

Southwestern Vegetable Soup

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It’s still soup weather and the Southwestern Vegetable Soup recipe will warm you to your core. I went to a potluck recently and West Coast Chicken was the best. And the Saucy Franks With Rice is an easy lunch recipe. Southwestern Vegetable Soup 6 c. chicken broth 1 (14-1/2 oz.) can diced ...

Insurance changes could drive away quality teachers

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wn school board discussed approving insurance plans which will drastically affect the majority of employees in the district. The plans will affect teachers, staff, retirees and para educators. The majority of employees will see deductibles double, if not go up by thousands of dollars. Co-pays, ...

How to achieve a ‘welcoming, vibrant and growing community’

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Attracting visitors and new residents is becoming increasingly important for Iowa’s mid-sized and rural communities. Throw in an EF-3 tornado and those visitors or newcomers become vital to economic vitality. At last week’s city council meeting, councilors discussed support for the ...

Our political identity needs to be American first

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There’s identity — and then there’s identity politics. The difference between them may well be the crux of our next presidential election. Identity is, obviously, who we are — the sum of our sex, race, religion (or lack thereof), experiences and heritage. Identity is essential to our ...