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News from Des Moines

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Week 17 was marked by more debate on budget bills and the debate on a bill to ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected. We have settled into a routine where Appropriations committee meetings and other preparations happen during the day, and debate begins in the late afternoon or early ...

Don’t throw it away

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the billions of dollars of food that is thrown out every year in America. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Americans waste millions of tons of food each year. It gets dumped in a landfill, where it rots and produces methane gas, which is ...

Oh, Say Kanye Sees

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It’s easy to dismiss Kanye West. It’s easy to dismiss him because he’s nutty. This is a fellow who tweets about antique fish tanks and fur pillows. This is the guy who calls himself Yeezus (after Jesus) and suggested that then-President George W. Bush didn’t care about black people in ...

Smoking out Trump on obstruction of justice

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The questions made public that may be asked of President Donald Trump, should he testify in the Robert Mueller investigation, suggest the special counsel is honing in on criminal activity in one or two realms, or both. The first is whether Trump had the intent to obstruct justice by allegedly ...

Be a bright-colored Crayon

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I recently spoke in front of my home church. A bit nervous, I talked about my mission to end child abuse in our community. If you had asked me 20 years ago, what I would be doing today ... I would have never guessed I would be advocating to end child abuse. I mean, why would anyone hurt a ...

Observe Teacher Appreciation Week

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The Conrad American Legion Auxiliary Unit 681 encourages the BCLUW community to take time to thank the BCLUW teachers for the work they do and guidance they provide to the students during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11. The week is dedicated to the BCLUW teachers, as well as, all ...

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

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From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. In the 21st century agriculture is just one component — albeit a very important one -— of the commercial activity that keeps Iowa ...

This NFL Hand-Wringing Has Always Been About Race

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Last September, in Huntsville, Alabama, Donald Trump took the stage at yet another postelection campaign rally and revved up his fans with a rant about black football players. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag ... say, ‘Get that son of ...

Orpheum Theater part of a sound educational strategy

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An important part of the Iowa Valley Community College District’s current strategic plan is this core value: Partnerships – We believe in constructing effective alliances to create educational opportunities, strengthen our communities, and foster economic development. Current Orpheum ...

A search for missing classmates

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The Marshalltown High School Class of 1968 50th Class Reunion is fast approaching — Aug. 24-25 at the Orpheum Theater/Black Box Theater and Midnight Ballroom. The committee is asking for the public’s help in locating the following classmates: Patricia Bergland, Diane Shollenbarger, Deana ...

There’s good news from Japan

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Iowa’s growing ethanol industry just got some very good news. Japan has opened its huge marketplace to ethanol manufactured from corn. Until the recent decision by the Japanese government to make this change most of the ethanol sold there was produced from sugarcane. This is a major boost ...

News from Des Moines

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Week 16 saw the start of the budget bills moving on the floor of the House. House File 2494 is the Transportation Operations Budget. This bill distributes the funds in the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) that is generated from the fuel tax and vehicle registration fees. This bill appropriates some ...

Thank you to the community

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Just a reminder to the community that the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive will be taking place Saturday, May 12. This will be the 26th year of the NALC’s “Stamp Out Hunger” national food drive. Your letter carrier will be collecting nonperishable food donations left by mailboxes and in the ...

Madness in the Western Mind

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By the time you read this, Alfie Evans may be dead. Evans is a toddler with a rare disorder that has required him to have a prolonged hospital stay. His disorder is little understood, and instead of trying to understand it, doctors decided it would be best to remove Alfie from ventilation and ...

Grassley singled out for praise

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The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is a trade organization representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. It has members not only all across the United States, but also in more than 30 nations around the ...

Fighting for our country

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Dear Sen. Marco Rubio: So I see where you came after me on Twitter. I’m flattered. Never knew you cared. “This well known national writer,” you tweeted about my last column, “states very clearly that the 63 million Americans who voted for Trump are haters who should not be heard ...

Why not short-term disability?

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Dear Dave, Why don’t you recommend having short-term disability insurance while doing the first three Baby Steps of your plan? It seems like a good time for it, when you’re in the beginning stages of getting your finances in order. — Bob Dear Bob, You could certainly do that if you ...

Macron: The Last Multilateralist

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“Together,” President Macron instructed President Trump, “we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalisms that deny our history and divide the world.” Before Congress he denounced “extreme nationalism,” invoked the U.N., NATO, WTO, and Paris climate accord, and implored ...

Touching the Nation

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She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York’s Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Spring-time treats!

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Let’s finally celebrate spring and make some treats to share with neighbors and friends. Lemon Burst Loaves 1-3/4 c. flour 3/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. sour cream 1 large egg 1/3 c. butter, melted 1 to 2 Tbls. grated lemon ...