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The 10 worst things Trump did in 2019

In my last column, I offered my list of the 10 best things President Trump did in 2019. Here are the 10 worst: 10. He ridiculously claimed “Our country is FULL.” We’re not full by a long shot. Thanks to Trump’s economic success, we have well over a million more job openings than ...

The 235 days that rattled China and shook the world

They were 235 days that shook the world, rattled China’s regime and refuted the most pernicious wishful thinking since the appeasement of dictators collapsed eight decades ago. Nothing more momentous happened in 2019 than Hong Kong’s heroic insurrection. It began with the April 3 ...

The 10 best things Trump has done in 2019

In his third year in office, President Trump continued to deliver an extraordinary list of accomplishments. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump did this year (my next column will list the 10 worst): 10. He continued to deliver for the forgotten Americans. Unemployment is ...

Trump is still winning

Spoiler alert: The House is going to impeach President Trump, and the Senate will acquit him. But you probably already knew that. Unless we step into an alternate reality, in which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bursts into gales of laughter and begs Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to ...

Are we on the edge of a Dust Bowl?

In addition to his amusing banter, Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University climatologist emeritus, also presented his views on where our weather is potentially headed in the next few years and the history that supports his predictions during the Farm News Ag Show last Thursday. Elwynn Taylor, ...

It’s not Trump, but those pursuing him, who are damaging our institutions

President Trump is accused of doing untold damage to our democratic institutions. In truth, it is the president’s foes who are doing the real damage. Take the revelations that FBI officials falsified evidence presented to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. This week, the ...

Rubio joins the anti-capitalist conservatives

Trying to give intellectual coherence to the visceral impulses that produced today’s president, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is joining anti-capitalist conservatives. Those who reject this characterization are unaware of how their skepticism about markets propels them to an imprudent leap of ...

Faithless electors have a right to be unfaithful

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to decide a dispute between lower courts about a recurring problem that has not been a serious problem. If, however, “faithless electors” ever becomes such a problem, it would propel the court into a political maelstrom with high stakes and intense ...

Dr. Milt VanGundy retires from UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown

Tuesday was the end of an era at UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown. Dr. Milt VanGundy is hanging up his stethoscope to enjoy life or perhaps read. VanGundy has been a part of Marshalltown’s medical landscape for the last 45 years. In that time, he’s served in family practice, the emergency ...

Johnson announces sale of Conrad Hometown Foods location

REGIONAL – As of Monday Dec. 2, the Hometown Foods grocery store is under new management and ownership. Lyndon Johnson, who has owned and operated the store in Conrad since Jan. 1, 1996, said a group of Conrad residents purchased the store to make sure it remained in the community. This is ...

Man breaks windows causing $2,500 damage

Robert Joseph Thomas, 35, of Marshalltown, was arrested by Marshalltown police and taken to jail Friday on charges of first degree-harassment, domestic abuse assault and second-degree criminal mischief according to court documents. Police were dispatched to a residence in the 10 block of ...

Deer gun seasons begin Dec. 7

Deer season for sportsmen and women who prefer to hunt with long guns, primarily shotguns, will begin this coming Saturday. Across the state available deer habitat varies tremendously from open intensive agricultural areas to heavily forested regions along the border rivers and the hilly ...

Miller to retire from Jensen Ford-Lincoln

Jensen Ford-Lincoln announces the retirement of Allen Miller. Miller’s last working day will be Dec. 6. Miller has been an integral part of Jensen Ford-Lincoln team for the last 33 years. He was hired by Bob Jensen in 1986. His hard work, commitment and dedication are worthy of admiration. ...

Democrats’ impeachment obsession is backfiring

This Thanksgiving, Trump supporters should give thanks that Democrats’ impeachment obsession is backfiring. Indeed, it could prove to be the biggest political blunder in modern times. After two weeks of hearings, Democrats have utterly failed to make their case to the American people. When ...

City revises employee residency requirements

With the exception of the city of Marshalltown fire and police chief, fire and police department personnel no longer have residency requirements. The new policy is the result of city council discussion at the Nov. 11 meeting directing staff to prepare a resolution to remove the residency ...

Central rallies to win playoff opener

PELLA — Central College pulled off a dizzying comeback Saturday in first-round NCAA Division III football playoff action as the Dutch scored a 38-37 overtime triumph over Wisconsin-Oshkosh. No. 23 Central (10-1) advances to face third-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) next Saturday. Quarterback ...

Incompetence is not an impeachable offense

The problem with most conspiracy theories is that they presume too much competence on the part of the conspirators. The same may be true when it comes to President Trump’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine. As Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., put it, “What I can tell you about the Trump policy ...

Auschwitz exhibit is a powerful reminder of the unimaginable

From the mountains of shoes that were worn by Jews when they were packed into railroad freight cars bound for Auschwitz, the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust displays one: a woman’s red dress pump with a three-inch heel. It prompts viewers to wonder: Where did she ...

Leonard Joseph Dvorak, 83

Leonard Joseph Dvorak, 83, of Toledo, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital-UnityPoint in Des Moines. A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, November 22, 2019, from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. Private Interment will be held at Stayskal ...