Opinion

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s stated reason for leaving office after this year’s election sure is getting a lot of traction. “If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” he said. “I just can’t let that happen. So I will be setting new ...

Thank you Jim Wares

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I’ll come right to my point here: Jim Wares is a treasure. When he began occasionally writing whimsical columns for the T-R, I found that I enjoyed his subtle tongue-in-cheek humor. But when he took on the role of providing commentary in the Sunday edition, the depth of his wit and insight ...

‘Excuses for Donald Trump’

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“We kind of gave him — ‘All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump’s alleged tryst with a porn star “He’s new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning ...

A letter of thanks

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I would like to take a moment to send thanks to the supporters of my special election campaign for Iowa’s 25th Senate District. While the results didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, we will do everything possible to change that fact in November. The level of excitement for the April 10 ...

Paul Ryan Departs

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I spent the better part of this week in Washington, DC, including Wednesday, the day Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election. It has been expected. He has not been happy for a while. Let me make one point that too few reporters have made about Paul Ryan. The Speaker of the House is ...

An enormous thank you

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A big thank you to the 40+ volunteers and four employees of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department who participated in the clean-up of the Iowa River Trail corridor The event, organized by Charlie Smith, was a great success. The enormity of the volume of debris that was removed can be ...

Rethink food consumption for Earth Day

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With the 50th observance of Earth Day on April 22, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals. Yes, that. Last Fall Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany’s Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded ...

Expenses, not income

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Dear Dave, I bring home $4,100 a month in military disability pay and Social Security combined. My wife brings home an additional $2,000 each month. Should we base our emergency fund level on her income only, since mine is guaranteed? — Lewis Dear Lewis, Your emergency fund ...

Is Trump Standing Down in Syria?

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Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing ...

Republicans and Patriotism

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The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

Facebook Clearly Won’t Fix Itself

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Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.” Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

Let’s elevate the conversation

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In recent weeks, a couple of friends have come under fire for either sharing their thoughts and/or taking a stance. I use the word “friends,” because not only are they friends of mine, they are true friends to the Marshalltown community. Both Mike Tupper and David Barajas are leaders in ...

Jim Wares: Two Peas in a Pod

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I learned that in our state, shoplifting, stealing property of a value not exceeding $200 can get you 30 days in jail and a $650 fine. If the stolen property happens to be valued at $10,000 plus 1 cent or more, jail time of up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine is on the table. I learned that the ...

Kelly Van De Walle: I will run you over …

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Ioften take a break from spreading my traditional educational messages in this space and turn it over to those people that we all know quite well. This week from the files of People You Love to Hate I have the pleasure to introduce That Guy That Gets Up And Tries To Get Off The Plane The Moment ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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Ah, the comfort of comfort foods Since I don’t have spring fever, I am into making comfort foods and nothing is more comforting than meatloaf, cookies and/or sweet treats. Brown Sugar Meatloaf 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/2 c. catsup 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef 3/4 c. milk 2 ...

In the Legislature

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This week Gov. Reynolds signed Senate File 2177. It is an important bill for consumers and Iowans who have been affected by security breaches. This bill removes the ability for consumer reporting agencies to charge a fee to freeze someone’s credit, to temporarily unfreeze their credit, and to ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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As I read your columns I find you ignore the fact that we live in a postmodern culture and therefore your appeals to Christian apologetics (wherein you present a rational basis for the Christian faith) are no longer of any value? Indeed postmodernists like you (who hold to the belief that ...

Future Files

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Drumbeats of war send oil higher Crude oil prices exploded to the highest price since 2014, gushing to $67.76 per barrel on Friday morning. The primary fuel for this rally was the rising tension in the Middle East as President Trump considers military intervention in Syria. President Trump ...

Grow the workforce … grow the community

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In today’s economy the idea of “growing your workforce” is paramount to “growing your community.” Serving as a catalyst for collaboration and coordination of community and economic development efforts that enrich and grow the region, is the strategic priority of the Marshalltown ...

Couples sometimes must look back in order to move forward

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Q: My spouse and I are trying to dream together about our future, but we’re struggling. It’s hard to see past our present stage in life. What would you suggest? Jim: Thinking about the future can be fun and energizing. But I think it’s a good idea to reflect on your past, too — ...