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Opinion

The Republican pouncing problem

Columnists

In the past few weeks, prominent Democrats have endorsed infanticide; admitted to dressing in blackface; called for an end to fossil fuels, airplanes and farting cows; and trafficked in open anti-Semitism. None of this is a serious problem for many in the media. For members of the media, the ...

Thank you for editorial cartoons

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I would like to thank the editorial staff for printing the two drawings of Corey Brown entering heaven. Corey’s death was a devastating loss to the whole community and I found them comforting. Knowing that the youth of Marshalltown believe that Corey is with out heavenly father gives ...

Cabin fever remedies

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When you hear the word “fever,” what do you think of? I hear Patti Page crooning the song “Fever.” I see my youngest granddaughter at 3, cheeks flushed, temp at 101 degrees, eyes begging, “make it go away, Grandma.” I see my husband dying from complications caused by multiple ...

Time for Democratic pushback on radicals

Columnists

Outsize attention has been paid to outlier Democrats making outrageous remarks. They are a small handful of House Democrats, though you’d never know it, given all their headlines. The dominant names — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Ilhan Omar of ...

How could they?

Columnists

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist church had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was “how could they?” It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic ...

Socialism has already hurt America

Columnists

President Donald Trump was principled and politically astute to address, in his State of the Union, the horrors taking place now in Venezuela, and then to declare: “Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” Venezuela is indeed a poster child for what ...

Whistling past the ‘Green New Deal’

Columnists

A bold new crew of radicals swept into Congress to remake environmental policies, and the news media immediately called out their poisonous and extreme proposals. If you’re thinking about this freshman class of knuckleheads who has given us the 2019 “Green New Deal,” the answer is no. ...

Beverage recycling, Iowa Supreme Court selection need changes

Columnists

As chair of the Environmental Protection committee I have the opportunity to schedule presentations to the committee on topics of interest. This week the committee hosted a leading national expert on recycling, Susan Collins, president of the Container Recycling Institute, and Dr. Dermot Hayes, ...

Betrayed in Virginia

Columnists

First, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he wasn’t sure which of the two people in the 1984 “clearly racist and offensive” photo on his yearbook page was he. Was he the grinning white guy wearing blackface? Or was he the guy wearing the Ku Klux Klan robe and hood? “I am deeply ...

Abortion, fireworks, education and more discussed last week

Columnists

The attention of many Iowans was focused on the work being done in the senate this week. Several key issues being discussed this legislative session began to work their way through the process and have been the topic of many discussions at the Capitol. Some of those bills included a proposed ...

Marijuana, mental illness and violence

Columnists

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let’s examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to ...

The green raw deal

Columnists

Democrats in the House of Representatives have rolled out what they are calling a “Green New Deal.” It is the most serious public policy offering from Generation Tide Pod Eater to ever be unveiled. It is exactly what you would expect. In the rollout of their deal, the Democrats released ...

Dear Dietitian

Columnists

Dear Dietitian, My husband was just diagnosed with prediabetes. We were given a sheet of paper with information on this, but it left us with many questions. Does he need a special diet? Will he have full-blown diabetes in a few years? We need more information, please. Suzanne Dear ...

What America needs: A truly great American movie

Columnists

During long, gray, bleak winters — before the women’s and men’s college basketball tournaments and before baseball’s opening days — I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also the Golden ...

Has Trump found the formula for 2020?

Columnists

If the pollsters at CNN and CBS are correct, Donald Trump may have found the formula for winning a second term in 2020. His State of the Union address, say the two networks, met with the approval of 76 percent of all viewers — 97 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of independents and 30 ...

Knowing keeps us free, indeed

Columnists

Knowing keeps us free, indeed Every year, there seems to be a Super Bowl commercial that sparks controversy. There are also the ads each year that give you a good laugh or pull at your heart strings. And then there are the commercials that are much more than ads, much greater than trying to ...

Fried rice

Columnists

Today I am sharing a Fried Rice recipe that I am now making with riced cauliflower instead of traditional rice and a pie recipe that you need to make for Valentine’s Day. I also included an easy casserole recipe. Fried rice 4 to 6 cups cooked rice 1/2 c. diced onions 1 c. diced green ...

Marshalltown Strong is evident

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I just wanted to say “thanks” to all those who sent retirement cards in response to the ad in the T-R back in December. It was great to hear from so many of you - I’ve been kind of waiting to send this thank you because cards have still been trickling in. I miss you great customers and ...

Marketing Iowa’s products abroad is important

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The marketplace for Iowa’s many agricultural and manufacturing products extends well beyond the borders of the Hawkeye State. Increasingly, international sales are an important part of the picture. That’s why Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig are taking part ...