Opinion

Future Files

Columnists

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

Another View

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 — ...

Searching and seizing

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“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, ...

MCC turns language barriers into building blocks

Columnists

Most Americans grow up only speaking English, and if they have any experience with a second language, it may be limited to a high school foreign language class. But what if foreign language wasn’t just a school subject, but the medium through which you learned other subjects, such as biology, ...

Celebrate!

Your View

As Albert Einstein said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” How true! You can learn, discover, connect, be entertained and so much more at our library. Help me in celebrating National Library Week (April 8-14) by thanking our wonderful staff ...

50 Years of White What-ifs

Columnists

America’s white working class has never had a champion more eloquent than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I don’t mean to suggest that this was his mission, but it was the inevitable outcome of his generosity of spirit. King was the central force of the civil rights movement for black ...

Genetics Is Undercutting the Case for Racial Quotas

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“I am worried,” writes Harvard geneticist David Reich in The New York Times, “that well-meaning people who deny the possibility of substantial biological differences among human populations are digging themselves into an indefensible position, one that will not survive the onslaught of ...

What killed Martin Luther King?

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Martin Luther King’s men had a different question. At least, according to his aide, Andrew Young, they did. When the first reports went out that King had been gunned down while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in this city, America and the world demanded to know one thing: Who ...

Fiscal responsibility

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We are so fortunate in Marshall County to have a Board of Supervisors and all county employees who dedicate themselves to making our county a wonderful place to live, raise our families and enjoy our employment. Thank you so much! Our local county government is truly run like a private ...

The American Cultural Revolution

Columnists

Kevin Williamson has been fired by The Atlantic. Williamson is one of the great conservative intellectuals of our times. He has a keen wit and frequently engages in heterodox opinions that make his writing and thinking intriguing. For a decade he wrote at William F. Buckley’s National Review ...

Marching Orders for Trump’s New VA Secretary

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Star Parker is off this week. The following column is by Betsy McCaughey. Since President Trump ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the question reverberating in Washington is whether Trump’s new pick, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, is capable of heading a department with 360,000 ...

Getting rid of the car

Columnists

Dear Dave, How do you sell a vehicle with a lien amount that’s higher than the actual value of the car? — Michael Dear Michael, First, you need to find a way to cover the difference between the amount of the lien and what you can get for the car. Let’s say the car is worth $12,000, ...

Syrian Showdown: Trump vs. the Generals

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With ISIS on the run in Syria, President Trump this week declared that he intends to make good on his promise to bring the troops home. “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home,” said the president. We’ve gotten “nothing out of the $7 trillion (spent) in the Middle ...

Helpful Hints for Candidates

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Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year — and whether a gale-force blast is forming that might ...

Random Thoughts

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I was honored to emcee the recent “Vests for the Best” fundraising/movie event at the Orpheum Theater last week. The group, Advocates for Marshall County Rescue Personnel (AMCRP), are working hard to raise at least $100,000 for ballistic protective equipment to outfit our First Responders ...

Jim Wares: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

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I learned my printer/scanner/copier offends me. It's whiney, manipulative and it lies to me. It represents all that is wrong with the world. Last week I changed the ink cartridges in the sinister thing. This week, every time I print a page, a window pops up warning me I am low on ink and need ...

Kelly Van De Walle: Expert tips from Kelly the Cyber Expert

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With the news that Facebook’s data of (as of now) 87 million users has been obtained by the scary-weird political machine Cambridge Analytica, it’s important to learn how to secure yourself – and your data – online. Thankfully, I own a computer (blessed) AND have been online once so ...

Video is a concern

Opinion

On March 28, a video was made by Todd Magel with KCCI concerning Marshalltown and the upcoming new census. In this video, David Barajas, the chief executive officer of the Marshalltown Regional Partnership is interviewed. Mr. Barajas expresses a concern about the Trump administration's proposed ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Columnists

Deviled eggs anyone? If you still have dyed hard boiled eggs in your refrigerator, today’s recipes will help you use them. Olive and Herb Deviled Eggs 8 hard-cooked eggs 1/3 c. mayonnaise or salad dressing 2 Tbls. finely chopped parsley 2 Tbls. finely chopped chives 1/2 tsp. ...