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Opinion

Does Trump care that he’s president?

Columnists

The office of the presidency is known for wearing down the mere mortals who hold it. At the very least, it prematurely ages its occupants. Often, it humiliates them, forcing them to rehabilitate their reputations later (George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter). In the worst case, it chews them up ...

PACE turns educational dreams into a reality

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Returning to school, whether for your high school equivalency diploma (HSED) or a college degree, presents numerous barriers for many students. Financial concerns – not just how to pay for school, but how to pay all of the everyday bills – can make attending school seem like an ...

A woman’s life, illustrated

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“Trump wants her to be speaker. It’s perfect for him.” — Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., of #FiveWhiteGuys fame, disparaging Nancy Pelosi in early November She looks so poised, so harmless, this 78-year-old grandmother with the soft voice, the easy smile. Such a smart strategy for the ...

Parties need to up their game

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Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe, institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders’ personal weaknesses or some combination of all three? This week, let’s look at one of those institutions: ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear Dietitian, I have been eating healthier and drinking more water. I’ve heard that we need eight glasses of water a day, but I don’t enjoy plain water, and I have a hard time getting that much in. Do you have any suggestions? Signed, Laura Dear Laura, Good for you for your health ...

Iowa isn’t the worst at mental health

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In the Dec. 6 T-R’s “Our town, Our people,” Creighton Jenness said when asked what changes he felt needed to be made in the community?: “I would like to see more family and mental health services here in Marshalltown.” Being in education, he said in the last figures he saw Iowa was ...

The authenticity of the virgin birth

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F. F. Bruce is one of those scholars I have had to spend a lot of time reading in seminary. He researched and wrote some of the best material on the history of the Bible and its accuracy. In studying the ancient texts that we have, Bruce has noted that there are only around nine or 10 ...

FDA policies kill

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Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically ...

What lies behind the malaise of the West?

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Is it coincidence or contagion, this malady that seems to have suddenly induced paralysis in the leading nations of the West? With lawyer-fixer Michael Cohen’s confession that he colluded with Donald Trump in making hush money payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, America’s stage ...

The people’s revolutions against the global elites

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Events taking place around the Western world have their roots in common trends and similar sentiments, but many people either don’t see it or don’t want to admit what it means. When voters in Great Britain voted to leave the European Union (“Brexit”) in 2016, it wasn’t because they ...

Democrats’ sobering responsibility

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Yes, it’s true that their party just won the House majority and more House seats, 40, than in any election since 1974 (and with the increasing likelihood of a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District after confirmed reports of Republican election fraud there, maybe 41) ...

A vote for animals is a vote for humanity

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For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America’s dinner plates, passage this week of the farm bill would be a gift befitting the season — and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the year. The Senate sent an earlier version of the bill, ...

Chocolate Banana Fruitcake

Columnists

Since no holiday is complete without a fruitcake, today I have a recipe for one that your guests might actually eat. Chocolate Banana Fruitcake 3/4 c. water 1/4 c. golden rum, or 1/4 c. apple juice mixed with 1/8 tsp. rum flavoring 1 large egg 1 Tbsp. cooking oil 1 pkg. banana bread ...

A way to double check our votes

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Is there no way to double check the voting system? As a past auditor for Lennox Industries and national Red Cross, would this idea work? Every vote in every state would be numbered — then you could go to the county courthouse and see your number posted stating what party you voted for. This ...

Deserving the leaders we choose

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There is not much to say about President George H.W. Bush that has not already been said in the days celebrating the late man’s heroic and honorable life. But as the nation mourned, one could sense a great longing for a return to the civility and integrity of a previous era. More than ...

What is a family

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In the beginning, God created man and woman and told them to multiply themselves and subdue the rest of his creation. In Genesis 2:24-25 God gives a vivid example of what a family should be. The male should leave his birth-home and marry the woman of his desire; thus they become one spiritual ...

Law vs. morality in the Trump campaign-finance flap

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Let’s imagine that President Trump gave a White House news conference in the nude. “As you can see,” he might say, paraphrasing the semi-apocryphal quip Winston Churchill made when FDR accidentally encountered him emerging from a hot bath in the White House, disrobed. “I have nothing to ...

Have a scary little Christmas

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We don’t have a basement. We have a scary-basement. This distinction must be honored. On our first day in our home, there was a 6-foot snake hanging out down there. Since then, it has been home to fellow snake friends, mice, spiders, frogs and the occasional opossum. The garage door, which ...