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Opinion

Democrats Should Move to the Center — of the Country

Columnists

Contrary to what we hear, “the energy” in the Democratic Party is coming not so much from the political left as from the geographical center. The most notable victories belong to Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Doug Jones in Alabama and Democrats taking statehouse seats in Missouri and ...

Inspired by our community coming together

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It’s odd now that we all have our lives pre-tornado and post-tornado. While I’m still sorting out what still needs to get done from my pre-tornado life, I know for a fact what life is like post-tornado. It’s hundreds of our students and staff out in the community helping our neighbors ...

Kudos and concerns at UPH-M South Campus

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I received excellent care at the south campus yesterday. I was treated as a scheduled outpatient. They were extremely busy with emergency patients as well as their out patients. The staff were well organized and pleasant in lieu of all of the change that so many are experiencing in these most ...

The policy of unintended consequences

Columnists

One of the great lies of modern politics is that when a policy fails, it’s because someone just didn’t care enough. It’s a nostrum repeated frequently: If President Trump were to only care more about immigrant children, he’d find a way to unite them with their parents; if Democrats were ...

Colorado vacation

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Ginnie and I are on a genuine, live, for-real vacation. And it feels like one! My mother’s side of the family, whom I don’t really know that well, has a reunion every other year. One of my cousins (a retired Army Colonel) and his wife, are the organizers. They travel around the country in a ...

The seduction of socialism

Columnists

For the current generation, sometimes referred to as millennials, it appears one thing is more seductive than sex — and that’s socialism. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, winner of a New York Democratic primary, are the old and new faces of socialist ...

Media wail for Brennan and Clapper

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul sent the media into another meltdown on July 23 when he called on President Trump to revoke the security clearance of former President Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan. He charged that Brennan is “monetizing” his privileges by becoming an on-air analyst for NBC ...

Harvey Weinstein behind bars: don’t hold your breath

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Eighty-seven women say Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them. Some charge they were forcibly raped by the 66-year-old ex-movie maker. The now-disgraced Weinstein all but admitted his disreputable behavior when he reportedly said in a recent interview, “I did ...

We’ll sing; you breathe

Columnists

Signs of our growing anxiety, as a country and as citizens, are everywhere, it seems. Physicians describe surging numbers of patients seeking help for anxiety and stress. Casual get-togethers, those brief respites from the world’s mayhem, are now often sessions on how to cope, how to ...

Time to junk racial quotas in higher education

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“It’s time for enlightened America to hit reset on affirmative action once and for all,” writes Columbia University linguistics professor John McWhorter in The American Interest. By affirmative action, of course, he means the racial quotas and preferences that most selective college and ...

Jim Jordan, Brett Kavanaugh and journalism by innuendo

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First it was Republican Congressman Jim Jordan. Now it’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. These men are considered guilty by association for being in proximity of wrongdoing that took place almost 30 years ago. Allegedly, Jordan took no action as a young assistant wrestling coach ...

Marshalltown is resilient

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After meeting with business and community leaders in Marshalltown today, I continue to be heartened by the resilience of Iowans. There are so many stories of goodness. Each is unique, and yet at the same time, just one of many where neighbors, businesses, community organizations and even our ...

Galaxy campaign achieves goal

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Due to the generosity of many people in the community the Galaxy campaign for the CIRSI Foundation has achieved its goal of $40,000. As a result a wheelchair accessible van will be provided for the participants of CIRSI. Their lives will be enriched by being able to engage in more activities ...

Be good neighbors to those in need

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It is devastating to see the spiral on the top of the iconic Marshall County Courthouse fall to the ground in a major tornado that swept through your town. More critical is the destruction of homes, businesses and other property. This community is very fortunate, given the intensity of the ...

#MarshalltownStrong

Tornado Recovery

We thank our Y members for their understanding and flexibility while we work together to help with recovery. We are proud to be part of this community!

Mark Zuckerberg Is Right

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Political activists on the left are calling on Mark Zuckerberg to assume the role of censor on Facebook. Facebook has the right to allow or prohibit any content Facebook wants. The left can call on Facebook to do this, but it is a bad idea. Both Facebook and Zuckerberg are right to refuse. By ...

Trump stands his ground on Putin

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“Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached. And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all. Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that ...

We must rebuild

Tornado Recovery

I'm an eight-year bargaining-unit employee of Lennox here in Marshalltown and a UAW 893 union member. The Lennox facility is badly damaged and we can't work for a while. I was in a shelter inside the building when the tornado hit and thankfully no one was hurt. I daresay perhaps we had luck and ...

Devasting storm

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My heart and prayers go out to all Marshalltown. For many year,I worked on either Center Street or First Avenue, directly across from the Courthouse. I have relatives and many friends there and Marshalltown was a second home for me, living in nearby Haverhill. It is really hard to comprehend ...