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Opinion

Eleventh-hour slander

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After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school. There are no words — except perhaps desperate, scurrilous and ...

Hypocrisy with tax returns

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The latest Kim Reynolds attack ad says Fred Hubbell will not release his tax returns. When will Kim Reynolds attack president Trump for not releasing his tax returns?

A much needed celebration of Marshalltown

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In light of the past two months in Marshalltown, annual community celebrations mean more than ever. Oktemberfest and Marshalltown High School’s homecoming have always been about pride for our city, but this year it means a little bit more. The celebrations come just more than two months ...

‘Where have you gone, Bob Woodward?’

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“Where have you gone, Bob Woodward? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” I asked that question in January, repurposing a Paul Simon lyric to implore the dean of American political reporters to help us make sense of the mess that is the Trump White House. On Tuesday, Woodward finally ...

Lone Ranger finds sunset

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Recently, we lost Senator John McCain. Years back when Senator McCain was running for the presidency, he came to a rally at the MCC campus. After he spoke, he walked through the crowd and I had the opportunity to speak with him for a moment. I asked him if he listened to the “Lone Ranger” ...

Hillary Clinton, Brett Kavanaugh and the art of trolling

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Why did Clinton do it? I realize that a question like that needs to be a lot more specific, so let’s try again. Why did Hillary Clinton tweet this on Wednesday?: “I want to be sure we’re all clear about something that Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearings last week. He ...

Thank you for donations

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We want to thank the Marshalltown community for generous donations of money, food and fresh produce after the July 19 tornado. The Marshalltown community has a history of supporting the work of the Emergency Food Box to make it possible to carry out their mission Matthew 25:35 “…for when I ...

Livin’ Sous Vida Loca

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Have you ever looked at someone’s life and went, “Wow, I wish I could live like them?” I now do that, only with meat. It’s called “sous vide,” literally translated from French, means, “under vacuum” or “meat of life.” Probably the former, though I’d argue after tasting ...

We ran out of coffee

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How could we have let this happen? We knew we were coming to the end. Written in bold black lettering on the dry-erase board mounted on the refrigerator read, quite plainly, "Coffee." Perhaps it should have read, "COFFEE, you fools!" We might not have been in this mess if it had. The initial ...

Two Books for Fall

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I’m going to recommend two books for fall-fest reading. One is “Vinegar Girl” by Anne Tyler, and the other is “Long Haul, A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road” by Finn Murphy. Anne Tyler has written 20 best sellers and received numerous writing awards, including the Pulitzer ...

Soybeans Swing on Hope, Fears

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Soybean prices sank near a 10-year low this week, trading on Tuesday for a mere $8.13 per bushel. A record-breaking soybean crop and low foreign demand due to ongoing trade disputes are stifling the market. However, when a market is severely depressed, it doesn’t take much good news to ...

Chaos or not, Trump is racking up a record of foreign policy success

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WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Power corrupts; sex and power corrupt absolutely

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We are watching in real time as two of the most powerful and influential institutions in the history of Western civilization — the Roman Catholic Church and the United States government — descend into depravity and absurdity. That these eruptions of corruption are occurring at the same time ...

Fear-based parenting

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WASHINGTON — Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. ...

The Politicization of the Kavanaugh sex abuse allegations

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This week, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was hit with accusations of sexual abuse from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University. According to Ford, some 36 years ago, when Kavanaugh was 17 and she was 15, Kavanaugh took her into a room at a pool party — along with another high ...

Trump’s lawyer rightly feared a perjury trap

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Bob Woodward in his inside-the-White-House book, “Fear,” explains why lawyer John Dowd resigned from President Donald Trump’s defense team. It was, he writes, because “Dowd knew he could not bring himself to tell the president: ‘You’re a f—-ing liar.’ “ The profane ...

‘Believe Women’ is perilous baloney

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I have a message for virtue-signaling men who’ve rushed to embrace #MeToo operatives hurling uncorroborated sexual assault allegations into the chaotic court of public opinion. Stuff it. Your blanket “Believe Women” bloviations are moral and intellectual abominations that insult every ...

Tips for positive relationships between home and school

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With the school year back in full swing, this is a great time to talk about the importance of parent and community involvement in our local schools. Researchers, educators and policymakers alike have all noted the importance of parent involvement as a key factor in helping students learn at ...

Parenting positively

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There is no such thing as a perfect parent. As parents, we can and will make mistakes. If there is one thing that we can do, it’s parent positively. The Zero to Three organization introduces us to the idea of “positive parenting.” It comes with the notion that parents should answer with ...

The media and Kavanaugh’s kangaroo court

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The erupting accusation of “attempted rape” against Judge Brett Kavanaugh when he was 17 show just how shameless the Democrats and the “Facts First” media have become. They are promoting accusation when the accuser can’t remember when or where it happened. That is enough to stop a ...