Opinion

Don’t fail to make your voice heard

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Primary Election Day in the Hawkeye State is Tuesday. To make voting as convenient as possible, many states allow registered voters to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance the official Election Day. Here in Iowa early voting is underway. Ballots can be cast at county auditors' offices ...

This time the joke was on Roseanne

Columnists

I told you so. I’m sorry, maybe that’s petty, but I can’t help it. For over a month now, I’ve felt like a man caught in a feedback loop, doomed to joust till the end of time with readers upset with me for writing that I would boycott the hit reboot of Roseanne Barr’s eponymous ...

Immigrant group faces great barrier in college admissions

Columnists

Asian-Americans are among the most successful groups in the United States, but we often forget the discrimination they faced in getting where they are, as well as the challenges they still endure. No immigrant group faced as great a barrier to entry into the United States as Asians did. ...

Reading history, battling grumpiness

Columnists

What Jim has learned today … I learned boiling people in oil is bad … very bad … don’t boil anyone in oil. I learned this by reading a book. You too can learn to stop boiling people in oil by simply by reading a book. Not a self-help book like, “How to Stop Boiling People in Oil” by ...

Buddy visits Wilbur Swindler

Columnists

The letter was addressed to “Buddy Swarm.” It was from 94-year old Wilbur Swindler, of Ottumwa. Wilbur was asking my dog Buddy to come visit, and to “bring Curt and Ginnie.” Wilbur had just completed his patio and back yard and wanted Buddy to come and inspect it. So we did. We ...

Are you ready for a family road trip?

Columnists

This multiple-choice test will determine if you (“you” being a child under the age of eight) are qualified to take a long road trip with your parents. 1) Prior to departure it’s a good idea to: (a) Neatly pack one small bag and have it ready to go downstairs the night before (b) ...

Trade Winds Shift, Markets Hold Steady

Columnists

Markets showed a steely resolve in the face of looming trade disputes with our greatest trading partners. This week, President Trump announced that he was going to reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. These allies swiftly responded with ...

Thank you for supporting Poppy Days

Your View

Thank you to the Marshalltown Mall for providing the windows for the Unit 46 Memorial Day display. A huge Thank You to all Marshalltown and surrounding community individuals who supported our Auxiliary extremely successful distribution for the Memorial poppies. It took each of you to again ...

Democrats’ dishonesty hands Trump a winning issue

Columnists

WASHINGTON — How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as “Diabolico”) told the young girl that “the Beast” wanted “a soul” before having his partner shoot ...

Lenihan Ricochet donates to Splash 4 Life

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Splash 4 Life would like to say thank you to the Lenihan Ricochet team and teachers for leading our schools in showing your student body and Marshalltown citizens how important it is to give back to the community through volunteering. These students have done this by volunteering their time ...

Inside the Iowa House: The Truth About the GOP Tax Bill

Columnists

In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans. This week, Gov. Reynolds signed the bill in to law. Before session began, House Democrats developed three key ...

The suicide of Europe

Columnists

On Friday, the British police arrested Tommy Robinson, founder and former leader of the English Defence League, a far-right anti-Islam group. Robinson is a controversial character, to be sure, a sort of Milo Yiannopoulos lite. His chief focus is on the threat of radical Islam, which he believes ...

‘Spygate’ really is ‘worse than Watergate’

Columnists

Even Donald Trump, a widely acknowledged liar, can stumble onto the truth on occasion. He has done so in saying that his allegation that the FBI “embedded” a “spy” in his 2016 presidential campaign is “worse than Watergate.” Compared to the damage Trump is attempting to impose on ...

Highlights of legislative session

Columnists

The legislature completed its work and adjourned for the year on May 5. The final days of the session were filled with debate on complex budget bills and the tax reform bill. Also, May 4 I had the honor and privilege to attend Gov. Kim Reynolds signing ceremony for Senate File 359, a bill that ...

Chuck Todd sneers at Trump’s ‘playbook’

Columnists

Over Memorial Day weekend, NBC’s Chuck Todd opened his show “Meet the Press” by angrily lecturing his viewers about a so-called Trump “tactical playbook” on how to spin the Robert Mueller probe and the FBI informant in his presidential campaign. Here’s Todd’s list of Trump ...

Ireland makes its decision on abortion

Columnists

The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an “endowed unalienable” right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die has been won in ...

Spying on Trump a departure from norms

Columnists

“F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims,” read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18. “The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides were making improper contacts with Russia in ...

Response to ‘Capitalism vs. Socialism’

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It was disturbing to read the Walt Williams editorial, “Capitalism vs. Socialism” in the May 26 Times-Republican. Many who read this will equate socialism with sloth and capitalism with freedom and only those two choices are available to Americans. What he doesn’t understand is that the ...

A singular mother

Columnists

At the last minute, with an unfortunate combination of bad news and gratuitous drama, the divorced father was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding. Who hasn’t heard a version of that story? It’s always something with these broken families, as we love to call them. As if every intact ...

Boundary Waters at risk

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For more than 40 years I have been an annual visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. For many of those years I have helped organize and guide junior high students on week-long canoe adventures into this pristine wilderness environment. The BWCA has been protected as a ...