Opinion

Fearing the worst

Columnists

It was far too easy to assume the worst — that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass. When news broke Thursday afternoon that a shooter had opened fire in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom, more than a few minds converged on the same thought: Donald Trump. The mythmaker-in-chief, who ...

Alternatives to burgers and watermelon

Columnists

If you’re all barbecued out after the July 4 holiday, I have some alternatives to burgers and watermelon. Cherry Zucchini Bread 2 eggs, beaten till fluffy 1 c. cooking oil 2 c. sugar 3 tsp. vanilla 2 c. coarsely grated zucchini, unpeeled 3 c. flour 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1 ...

Support Iowa’s manufacturers

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Backing hometown sports teams is second nature to most people. Supporting Iowa’s agricultural economy and the state’s manufacturers should become equally common. There are important reasons to opt for purchases at or through local merchants whenever possible. The same goes for championing ...

What happens when the social covenant is torn?

Columnists

We’re not here to talk about civility. Granted, that was the inescapable buzzword last week as the left wing rose in pointedly uncivil protest of the evil being perpetrated by the Republican Party and the moral monstrosity who is our president. GOP officials found themselves turned away ...

Partisans on both sides are hell-bent on total victory

Columnists

After the deadly shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, many people erroneously and instantaneously blamed Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and others on the right for their violent or “eliminationist” rhetoric. In the wake of that tragedy, President Obama called ...

Airport drama and sedation

Columnists

"Are you going to leave at 5?" my husband asked. "Probably 4:30," I replied. "I want to make sure I have time to let the Valium take effect." "Oof. That's early." Yes, it was. But the miracle drug was worth my waking long before the sun rose. Valium recently re-entered my life after a long ...

Buying a house and other bad decisions

Columnists

So you’re looking to buy a new house. Congratulations on embarking on one of the most stressful, financially horrifying experiences of your life. You now have the privilege of working every day to pay homage to the God of Home Mortgages. Displease Him even a bit and something will suddenly go ...

Willy Amos smiles through disability

Columnists

Willy Amos of Mt. Pleasant is the poster child for Hy-Vee's “Helpful Smile in Every Aisle.” And it's genuine. If it wasn't for his wheelchair, you would never know that he is paralyzed from the waist down. As Store Manager for the Hy-Vee Drugstore in Mt. Pleasant, you will see Willy out ...

Trade War Begins, Traders Buy Beans

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After months of posturing, the first cannonballs in the trade war between the U.S. and China were fired on Friday morning, as each nation officially imposed $34 billion in tariffs on one another’s exports. President Trump indicated that he will impose tariffs on another $16 billion in ...

What is the Fourth of July really celebrating?

Your View

I was happy to see and hear the rain and lightening come down after the Fourth of July fireworks. It seemed to clear away all the smoke in the air which hovered in the streets and lawns around my home. These were the fireworks which were set off by my next door neighbors. They were set off at ...

Democrats are powerless to block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Columnists

WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to announce his replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Democrats are desperate to block the president’s nominee — but are powerless to so. They have no one to blame but themselves. Let’s take a moment to recall the ...

Family Fishing Derby is huge success

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All of the staff, crew and Board of Trustees at Riverside Cemetery would like to say a big thank you to the community for the wonderful turnout at the recent Annual Family Fishing Derby. This is a favorite event of the cemetery every year, and judging by the attendance, it’s loved by families ...

What might a socialist American government do?

Columnists

Polly: He’s a socialist but he doesn’t like people. Brian: Nor do I, much. Polly: You’re a conservative. You don’t have to. — From “Getting On,” by Alan Bennett WASHINGTON — This, one of the pleasures of being a conservative, is not for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28. She ...

A plea for objective facts

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As someone with degrees in theology and biology, I smile at the worn-out rhetoric of the anti-life movement. But my smile is a sad one. You can find two such rhetorical dinosaurs in the AP article, Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion in the July 2 edition of the T-R. First, ...

What the Courts are for

Columnists

Democrats are in a state of sheer panic. They’re panicking because last week, Justice Anthony Kennedy — a reliable vote in favor of certain leftist priorities including abortion and same-sex marriage — announced that he will step down from the Supreme Court, leaving President Trump a ...

Navy must right itself

Your View

According to an oped by Pat Buchanan, starting around 2009 the U.S. Naval Academy lowered its enrollment standards for incoming freshmen so the Navy could increase its racial diversity. The USNA is on a campaign to increase minority naval officers to approximate the nonwhite enlisted ...

Trump’s strategy: Derision and division

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As Democrats gear up to combat Donald Trump in the November midterm congressional elections, they can expect another avalanche of slander, obfuscation and just plain lies. The president’s game plan is essentially the same one that brought him the presidency in 2016, greatly augmented now by ...

The demagoguery of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Columnists

Now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has rocketed into the national spotlight as result of her stunning primary victory over incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District, what’s the message for national politics? How did this young woman, who has never held or run ...

Trump supporters compared to cultists

Columnists

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Corker as saying: “It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like ...

Disagrees with immigration letter

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“Bible is an immigration handbook” letter by a local preacher, Scott Lothe. He uses a lot of hyperbole in trying to get his point across. What a stretch to equate a stranger in our land to a horde of millions of people that break our laws and cross our borders illegally. You ...