Opinion

Arrest Hunger a success

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On June 2, the Marshalltown Police Department participated in the “Arrest Hunger” food drive to benefit the Marshalltown Emergency Food Box. During this event, members of the Marshalltown Police Department accepted food and monetary donations to help feed hungry people in the community. The ...

Reynolds, a forward thinking governor

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I know its campaign time and there is going to be a lot said but former Gov. Tom Vilsack was in Marshalltown over the weekend and tried to define Gov. Reynolds saying she will have a hard time articulating what the next four years will be, is not true. That is not the way I would define her ...

Is Mayor de Blasio an anti-asian bigot?

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“Though New York City has one of the most segregated schools systems in the country,” writes Elizabeth Harris of The New York Times, until now, Mayor Bill de Blasio “was all but silent on the issue.” He was “reluctant even to use the word ‘segregation.’” Now the notion that ...

When politics was fun

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On Sept. 26, 1960, when Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy and his Republican opponent, Richard Nixon, met in the first ever nationally televised presidential debate — watched or listened to live by some 60 percent of adult Americans — there were no overnight polls or sophisticated voter ...

Trial of former CIA officer reveals Chinese spying tactics

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Chinese spying has been making news almost everywhere these days. A trial began in Virginia last week for a former Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of spying for China. Here in France, two retired foreign intelligence service officers have been held since December, accused of ...

A bee in Barr’s bonnet

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Call me naive — I’ve been called worse — but it never occurred to me that Roseanne Barr’s firing would be viewed by some as a political statement. Alas, it seems I’m a mere babe in the thicket. When I recently wrote about Barr’s racist Twitter attack on Valerie Jarrett, I was ...

Enjoy the season

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Today I have some recipes using fresh asparagus, Rhubarb and the grill. It’s time to enjoy the season. Ham Asparagus Quiche 1 c. cooked diced ham 9-inch pastry shell, partially baked 1 lb. fresh (trimmed to 4-inch pieces), cooked crisp tender & well drained 1 c. Swiss cheese, ...

Supports Riverside Cemetery efforts

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In regards to the letter to the editor “Appearance of Riverside Cemetery” on June 5. I believe there’s been a misunderstanding or a lack of information about maintenance at the cemetery. To compare Riverside to Rose Hill is like comparing apples to oranges. Riverside is a much older ...

How to prepare for a tornado

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Summertime... It’s the time of year Iowans think about family vacations, great weather, outdoor activities and tornadoes. Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip over mobile home and cars, create dangerous flying debris and ruin an entire town in a few minutes. A tornado, by definition, ...

As it turns out, black lives don’t matter

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Black lives don’t matter. It is a message that has, for centuries, been woven like thread into the fabric of this nation. It was there when the Supreme Court said black people had no rights white people were bound to respect, there when Nazi POWs were seated at a Southern diner while ...

Every farm counts

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By Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agriculture Council In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and others, American Indians continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. The number of American Indian ...

The changing path to health care

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My family owes a great debt of appreciation to our local hospital and staff. Jody and I have eight grandchildren ranging in age from 8-months to 18-years old, and every one of them was born at the local Marshalltown hospital. The hospital has gone through many changes and difficult times. ...

Disinterest in politics is growing in disinformation era

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The human mind can focus on only so much — and President Donald Trump has been exploiting this truism to his advantage since taking office. Each week in this highly unconventional presidency, scandals, missteps, policy incoherence and sheer incompetence have made it difficult to focus on what ...

The culture behind school shootings

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The culture behind America’s school shootings. So far this year, we have had more than 20 school shootings in the United States. What is going on in American culture and in the schools? For one thing, we have cut back in mental health services. There are multiple reasons why American culture ...

Teacher trauma: Embracing technology

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Tomorrow I teach my seventh class. It's easy to remember the exact number because that's how it is with trauma. The actual experience may fade into a haze of chalk dust, but the number of times you've experienced such agony remains. Chalk dust? Whom am I kidding? There is no chalk. And that's ...

Blossom’s revenge

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Blossom doesn't like being weaned. Not one bit. When I go in her pen to check her calf starter, hay and water, she pesters me to no end, nose bumping me for milk and sucking on anything she can get ahold of — like clothing, fingers or elbows. (She thinks I'm her mother.) That nose bumping ...

Perfect teeth to mouthful of horror

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Many people are hesitant to visit the dentist. For the last 25 years, it’s been a chance to have relative strangers regularly compliment me. It’s better than therapy. “Wow, Kelly, once again your teeth are fantastic,” they say in a revered voice one would use when meeting their ...

Pork Market Sizzles Higher

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Hog futures are nearing a one-year high, trading Friday for over 80 cents per pound. Prices are exploding as short-term supplies run low as meatpackers buy hogs ahead of the grilling season and Father’s Day. Upcoming hot weather will also put stress on hogs, which will cause the animals to ...

Ask Augustine

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by Paul A. Tambrino, Ed.D., Ph.D. Isn’t it true that the recent deluge of atheist best-sellers (by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens, etc.) have shown that belief in God and in sin have become intellectually indefensible for all thinking people in the academic world? I ...

Obama took lying to new heights with the Iran deal

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When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception. First, President Barack Obama failed to disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals on inspections when he transmitted the nuclear accord to Capitol ...