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Opinion

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 ...

Cardinal Wuerl must go

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WASHINGTON — In 1972, Pope Paul VI warned that “the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God.” We see that smoke throughout the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury, which alleges that more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses — including 99 ...

Good Republicans must vote for Democrats

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The most memorable campaign event I attended in 2016 was a rally for John Kasich in Rhode Island. The participants seemed the cream of the middle class — many old-fashioned small-business Republicans as my father was. The Ohio governor spoke on the benefits of not being angry with everyone ...

Urban violence begins in broken homes

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The Chicago Tribune reported a big drop in violence in Chicago this past weekend. Forty people were shot. This down from the weekend before, when 74 were shot. The Tribune’s Steve Chapman rejects what he calls the “popular myth, cynically promoted by Trump and other outside critics” ...

What if everybody sucks at everything?

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This week, President Trump went on a Twitter rampage — rightly so — over the firing of FBI agent Peter Strzok. Strzok, you’ll recall, is the agent who was tasked with overseeing both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian election-interference investigation. The married ...

A Business Lesson for Socialists

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As a career academic who teaches entrepreneurship, I am very familiar with the anti-business sentiment that pervades so much of higher education and the public discourse about policy in this country. It is a spreading plague grounded in infuriating ignorance. So when I run across articles ...

Omarosa tries to channel Anita Hill

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Where have we seen this play before: A woman comes forward to accuse a conservative of inappropriate behavior in hopes of harming him sufficiently so he will be unable to achieve his policy objectives? People with even short memories will recall “act one” was Anita Hill, a law professor ...

Trump’s attack on journalism threatens democracy

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Before Donald Trump took office as the President of the United States, he hinted at an ominous relationship with journalists while campaigning in Iowa. We figured singling out one of the state's lead political reporters as "the worst" and banning members of the newspaper media from a campaign ...

NBC lowers the bar for Omarosa

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NBC “News” is perfectly demonstrating why the American people distrust the media’s professed belief in facts, or their supposed approach of holding a story until they have enough documented evidence. The latest shameless exhibit? Championing former “Apprentice” star and White House ...

Still not clear which party will lose the House

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We’re heading into the home stretch in America’s unusually lengthy (six months and nine days) primary election season. Some three-quarters of Americans have had a chance to vote for Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, and state and local offices. Their choices tell us ...