Opinion

NFL stands up for America

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The NFL is standing for America. It finally displayed leadership Wednesday, announcing that it has banned players from kneeling on the field while our national anthem is played. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, “This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show ...

Family-loved recipes

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The Quick and Easy Roast recipe is one my mother made often because it was a family favorite. The other two recipes are ones that I have made for family and are also ranked as very good. Quick and Easy Roast 1 2-4 lb. beef roast 1 envelope dry onion soup mix Use large enough piece of ...

North Korea tensions rocket higher

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On Thursday, President Trump announced that he was canceling the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This withdrawal was a response to North Korean complaints and threats, which President Trump met with a strong and measured response, “You talk about your nuclear ...

Trump is proving the most pro-life president in history

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President Trump’s critics were apoplectic last week when the president referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals.” Of course, no one should be dehumanized. Yet many of the same people expressing outrage that Trump would dehumanize vicious gang members have no problem dehumanizing ...

Trump’s trade wars would avenge only mythical casualties

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America’s government declares “war” promiscuously — on poverty, on drugs, on cancer, etc. — except when actually going to war, which the nation has done often since it last declared war (on June 5, 1942, on Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary). But the incipient war du jour is being ...

Capitalism vs. socialism

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Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neither ...

How the Russia investigation helps Trump

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This week, for the first time in months, a generic ballot poll showed Republicans beating Democrats in the midterm elections. According to Reuters, Republicans are now leading by six points. And while that poll is obviously an outlier, the movement of the generic ballot in the direction of ...

Learning about life

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In my formative years in school, I did not like to read Aesop’s fables or other make-believe material. I made a promise to myself that all the rest of my life would be devoted to factual material. Two times, I set aside that promise to read a couple of books for my wife. My reason for ...

Should we rewrite the 2nd Amendment?

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Here we go again. Yet another school shooting has triggered a new round of prayer meetings, hand-wringing by public officials and standard NRA defenses of the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rushed to the ...

‘I’m sorry’ still two of the hardest words to say

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Q: Why do so many people have trouble apologizing when they say or do something rude or even offensive? It seems to me like we’ve lost the ability to extend this common courtesy; at least, I’ve certainly seen it in my own extended family. Jim: “I’m sorry” could be two of the ...

Glasson has a rendezvous with destiny

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Gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson recognizes that in these times in which the production of goods and services is rapidly being assumed by robots, drones and automated system masses of working-class Americans are as owned as were the slaves in the old plantation South who planted the maters ...

Gambling on sports is a bad bet

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“I am shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here.” — Captain Renault, “Casablanca” Human nature being what it is it should come as no shock that the next level of approved gambling in America is sports betting. States already have casinos, the lottery and other ...

Trump wants an autocracy

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What does President Trump really want to accomplish? What are his objectives? I’ve concluded he’s interested in developing an Autocracy, much like what he has praised in Russia, Poland, Hungary, Philippines and Turkey. He appears to desire unlimited power or authority which he or a small ...

So they were spying on trump’s campaign

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Months ago, the Old Media proclaimed that President Donald Trump was more than a bit nutty in insisting his campaign was the subject of surveillance by the Obama administration. Now it’s emerging that this wasn’t the slightest bit nutty. The New York Times reported — in a tone much like ...

Trump breaks bread, glasses and party at lunch

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POTUS coming to Tuesday lunch. Translated, the president of the United States is joining 50 Republican senators in the Capitol to crash their private Tuesday lunch. Nobody is glad to hear this on the Senate side. We love the constitutional separation of powers. The Senate is the last citadel ...

Commemorating our veterans

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As Memorial Day 2018 draws near, it seems timely to review the common method and words commemorating our deceased veterans, those serving on behalf of our freedoms. Practices illustrated during ceremonies and flag presentations during military funerals show our appreciation for those lost ...

Amazon fights back

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Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it’s going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that’s not how the politicians describe their plan, but that’s probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle’s city council want all big ...

State of the midterms

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Last December, the midterm outlook looked bleak for Republicans. With the Democrats enjoying a 13-point lead on the Generic Ballot, pundits talked of a “big blue wave.” The question was not whether the Democrats would win the two dozen seats needed to gain control of the House, but whether ...

Education, housing and quality of life

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When we consider economic/community development, what are some of the hot button areas that we prioritize? The Marshalltown Regional Partnership (MRP) Strategic Plan shows that education, housing and quality of life are priority topics that we focus on … and for good reason. Our MRP ...