Opinion

Prohibition has been lifted at last on sports wagering

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Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including some that millions of Americans considered victimless activities and none of the government’s business. Now, America is going to become more law abiding, the Supreme Court having ...

Mr. Chew-Chew

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Just 72 names! The Baby Center identifies 72 nicknames for a child’s pacifier. From bink, paci and nuby to Mr. Chew-Chew. When babies are born, they have a strong sucking reflex. This natural reflex is soothing and calming for your baby. Some professionals believe that you shouldn’t ...

The coarsening of political language

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Here in Australia, “Question Time” has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes funny questions in an ...

The Long Week of the Leaked McCain Insult

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Our “news” media are addicted to damaging internal leaks from the Trump White House, especially when the leaks make Team Trump look wildly insensitive. The two most common words in the press today are “sources say.” Now the country is spending a week with the media demanding a public ...

As Obamacare Premiums Soar, Dems Lie

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America has a health insurance problem because politicians would rather lie about it than solve it. Obamacare regulations caused premiums for people buying their own insurance to more than double between 2013 and 2017, and then soar even higher in 2018. With huge hikes predicted again in 2019, ...

Stop the summer learning slide

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Teachers and parents know that with the joy of summer also comes the lazy days of potential summer learning slide. Sitting idle for as long as three months could potentially undo the gains made throughout the year and affect how successfully a student will adjust to the coming new school year. ...

Sidewalks — 5 ft. wide, really?

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Before you read on — I am NOT negative on sidewalk repair/replacement. I personally have repaired my sidewalks and prepped other properties that I own in advance of this topic without prodding. My issue is with the process being used to force a change in the city’s sidewalk policy. The ...

You, Too, Would Do This to Save the Life of Your Child

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Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights, I sat in an Alabama church pew with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. He wore the flushed, impatient face of someone who had to be there. Sessions sat on the other side of my husband, his colleague ...

Make the call

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Do you remember the cold front that came through last Thursday evening, May 10? The breeze was strong, cool and humidity chasing. It was a beautiful thing. The beauty was short-lived. I ran to close the windows to prevent the nasty odor being emitted from the JBS plant from permeating our ...

Propaganda Networks

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Why does American journalist Abby Martin report for media run by socialist murderers? Martin once worked for RT, Russia’s state-run news network. Now she’s got a similar gig at teleSUR, an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist news network funded by Latin American leftists. I’d never ...

Death by Conformity

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The Boy Scouts of America have always been a pretty explicitly faith-based organization. Though nondenominational, references to God and Creator were woven within the Boy Scouts’ documents and behaviors. The organization grounded itself in a worldview that is archaic in modern times, ...

How did we ever forget this song?

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It’s like listening to a song you used to know. It’s an old sweet song, a hymn of hope and possibility. It’s a tune you haven’t heard in far too long. That’s how it is when Rev. Dr. William Barber speaks morality. It’s not just that Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church ...

Thank you from Cleaniac

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The Cleaniac Planning Team wishes to thank building principals, teachers, and parents. With your help and support of many others, 214 youth were involved in the cleanup of 12 parks and public spaces. Twenty different groups representing business, scouts, church groups, education and the ...

Thank you Marshalltown

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The parents, and coaches of the Brick Burners Lego League Team thank the Marshalltown community for supporting the team. We have been blessed by the encouragement, the time you’ve taken to listen to the team’s presentation, and the monetary support. It has been wonderful for our children ...

Poppy Days promotes freedom

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“American Runs Free Because of Those Who Served Our Country” is the motto for this years Poppy Days. The memorial poppy is a symbol of honor and respect for all who have served in the military, past and present. For more than 70 years the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored Poppy Days ...

Recognizing local law enforcement

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On May 13-19, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 is National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have given their lives in protection of our communities across the United ...

Traffic safety is imperative

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Someone recently observed that Marshalltowns population is declining. There are many more reasons than lack of housing. I will put just one forward. I hear it from dozens of people every week. It will help keep current residents here as well as making our town more attractive to ...

In the Legislature

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Another busy pro-Iowa, pro-growth year in the 87th General Assembly has come to a close. A big promise was kept for Iowans. This session the legislature passed historic tax relief for Iowa taxpayers and families. Iowa has the fourth highest top individual tax rate, and that top rate is ...

Help them help themselves

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Dear Dave, My parents have always been bad with money, and recently they lost their home to foreclosure. They found another place to live, and they both work, but since the foreclosure my dad has been asking me for money on a regular basis. He tries to make me feel guilty, and he calls or ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Since there is no cooking by moms today, I have some easy recipes for children and dads. Cheesy Mac and Franks 6 oz. dry elbow macaroni 4 frankfurters, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 3/4 lb. Velveeta, cubed 2/3 c. milk 2 tsp. prepared mustard 1/4 tsp. pepper Cook macaroni according to ...