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Opinion

A man who stood above the crowd

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Once in a person’s liftetime someone will come into your life who will stand head and shoulders above the crowd. I knew such a man for 70 plus years. He was a devoted husband, a great dad and a wonderful grandpa. Besides this, he held down a full-time job. Most men would quit at this time, ...

Why the Trump era is worse than Nixon and Watergate

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When the Watergate scandal drove Richard Nixon from the presidency 44 years ago, the Republican Party survived because its establishment leaders pushed back against his criminal behavior. Sen. Barry Goldwater and others told him he lacked the voters to escape impeachment, and he resigned. His ...

Positive parent-teacher relationships

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Soon the school doors will open and your child will embark on a new year full of learning and exploring. One of the best ways to ensure your child has success in the preschool classroom is to build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. With preschool starting in many communities ...

‘Stuff the Bus’ a success

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The House of Compassion “Stuff the Bus” school supply distribution was held Aug. 18 and 20 and was a huge success thanks to the community. After the postponement, we weren’t sure all those HoC clients and people affected by the tornado would get the word, but thanks to social media and ...

The doctor is (not) in

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If you are frustrated by wait times to see your doctor, the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, just wait until there may be no doctor to see. NBC News recently broadcast a story about how fewer young people are entering the medical profession. The network cited a report from the ...

The laughable Boston Globe

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The Boston Globe successfully organized a campaign to get nearly 350 newspapers, large and small, to publish an editorial on Aug. 16 on “the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press.” They laughably claimed: “This whole project is not anti-Trump. It’s really ...

Has Trump delivered on his economic promises?

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Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump’s promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely unexpected economic developments. Vice President Mike Pence, writing in The Des Moines Register, put it succinctly: “The evidence is clear: America is back.” He ...

Mollie was a piece of Iowa

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I didn’t know Mollie, but since hearing of her disappearance, I had thought of her every day. I had hoped that she was alive and that she was enduring whatever situation she was possibly in. In Iowa, all the communities tend to blend together, we often joke while driving through small towns, ...

It doesn’t matter what we think of Omarosa

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In June 2016, Omarosa Manigault Newman made this prediction about her boss, presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ...

Kelly Van De Walle: So it begins

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For better or worse, the first day of kindergarten is a milestone of sorts, a “do you remember when” moment for parents that will forever mark a place in time. Kind of like the moon landing or when lightning struck the clock tower in Hill Valley in Back to the Future. We sat down with our ...

The future is bright: Back-to-school advice

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For the first time in my life that I can remember, I won’t be going back to school this fall. It’s a weird feeling — and for me, it’s a little sad. School supplies, new teachers and planning out my outfits were all the hype and anticipation back in middle school. Learning new ...

Bad men, good presidents

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With the continuing hysteria about Donald Trump’s presidency, a few questions come to mind. The first: Can a bad man become a good president? The second: Does one’s being a good man guarantee he’ll be a good president? Third: Does having a good president require a good man? Is there any ...

The press as enemy

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Over 200 newspapers across the country are together running editorials on the same day decrying President Trump’s attacks on the press. In so doing, these news outlets are confirming in the minds of many that they do coordinate efforts to attack the president. They play into the president’s ...

How long a prison sentence is enough?

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A petition has been filed with the governor of New Hampshire that breathes new life into an old and very sensational case. It asks Gov. Chris Sununu to embrace this era’s evolved thinking on prison sentencing, specifically the sentence of life without parole. A key section of the 695-page ...

Helping children with trauma from tornado

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An issue that I get asked about since the tornado of July 19 is how to help children deal with this event that has occurred in their lives. As a mental health professional, who has headed the children's services at Center Associates in the past, I have had a good deal of experience working with ...

Marshalltown Proud about Marshalltown Strong

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My friends and family will verify that I am fond of bragging about quite a few things about Marshalltown, but especially about one thing really stands out: when you have a good idea, and get the right people to promote it, generous contributions will follow. Most recently, it has been ...

Can America ever come together again?

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If ex-CIA Director John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have lost a lot more than his security clearance. He would have been challenged to a duel and shot. “Trump’s ... performance in Helsinki,” Brennan had said, “exceeds the threshold of ‘high ...

Corporate Democrats still don’t have a clue

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When 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a 10-term incumbent congressman in New York — in a set of Democratic primaries that saw self-proclaimed democratic socialists in the Bernie Sanders mold pick up seats across the country — The New York Times (which, true to its institutional ...

Time for another Reformation

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Few words can describe the horror that comes from reading a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse by Catholic priests in state dioceses over a 70-year period. At least 300 priests used their roles within the church to prey on the innocent. They groomed their victims with special ...

Refineries pump out gasoline

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Gasoline prices plummeted to a four-month low this week as U.S. refineries ran at a near-record pace. This is helping to boost gasoline supplies even as drivers hit the road for the final weeks of the summer driving season. Gasoline inventories usually are running on empty by the end of the ...