Opinion

Help parents or pay student loans?

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Dear Dave, I graduated from college two years ago, and I have a good job making $60,000. I have about $10,000 in student loan debt, but my mom and dad have a real issue with their roof. It’s leaking in places to the point they have to set buckets around to catch the water, and I’ve gotten ...

Health care in America

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While living in the southwest for decades, I often joined a swarm of many American snowbirds (people from northern states who came down south during winter months) who would routinely cross the Mexican border to get quick, efficient, and very good health care at a very affordable price, ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

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Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

Making health care better

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There is a family story from my mother’s people about my Great-Grandmother Lizzy Danner. Her mother-in-law would come for long visits and would carry all of her patent medicine with her for various illnesses she thought she had. Her son, Lizzy’s husband, would say, “Mother, you are making ...

Join us for The Life Chain

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Once a year there has been The Life Chain, a prayer vigil in support of life, on the first Sunday in October on Center Street. A small group of dedicated citizens stand on the sidewalk along Center Street from Olive Street north praying for the end of abortion. There are usually less than 100 ...

Trump — American Gaullist

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If a U.S. president calls an adversary “Rocket Man ... on a mission to suicide,” and warns his nation may be “totally destroyed,” other ideas in his speech will tend to get lost. Which is unfortunate. For buried in Donald Trump’s address is a clarion call to reject transnationalism ...

Welcome to 50!

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So, the other night, I had just finished washing some dishes and had placed them in the kitchen sink drying rack to air dry. I moved across the room to turn the light off when I noticed something on the kitchen counter. I looked closer and was shocked to see this huge, practically gigantic bug ...

Witches in our midst …

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I learned humans are capable of anything … believing anything, doing anything … whether it be good or bad, we just need a reason. In 1518, on a bright July day in the town of Strasbourg in what is now France, a woman named Mrs. Troffea began dancing in the street. Once she began dancing, ...

Invasion of the white devils

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When a baby gets his or her first teeth, it’s thought of by many as a happy milestone in the life of your child. With all due respect, those people are childless fools. It’s like watching a movie only to suddenly have Hugh Grant make an appearance – you know it was probably coming but ...

Kodet, Rose

Salad and chowder anyone?

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It’s been a good time to buy vegetables, so I have a couple of salad recipes today, and a chowder recipe. Cauliflower Salad 1 head cauliflower, cut cauliflower buds in thin slices 1/2 to 3/4 c. mayonnaise 1/2 onion, chopped fine 4 oz. sharp cheese, diced in small cubes 1/2 lb. ...

The view is garbage!

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about garbage cans left in plain view. We’ve had several letters on this subject, and here is one of them: “Dear Heloise: Why do people leave their ugly garbage cans out in front of their house not just on pickup days, but all the time? Not only is ...

The End of the First Amendment

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Last week, I visited the University of California, Berkeley. The preparations for the visit were patently insane. First, the school charged the sponsor group, Young America’s Foundation, a $15,000 security fee. Then, the school blocked off the upper level of the auditorium, fearful that ...

GOP goes into the repeal-and-replace breach

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Some Republicans still yearning to repeal Obamacare after two failed attempts in the Senate want to try yet again, with the prospect of only embarrassing themselves once more and advertising their ineptness. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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by Paul A. Tambrino, Ed.D., Ph.D. My calendar shows Jewish Holidays of Ros-ha-Shana running from Sept. 20-27 and Yom Kippur from Sept. 29-30 in 2017. What is the significance of each of these holidays, and what other holidays might our Jewish neighbors observe during the year? The Jewish ...

Future Files

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The Federal Reserve announced this week that it was going to begin the process of unwinding its unprecedented stimulus packages implemented during the last decade. After the financial crisis of 2008, the Fed began accumulating a massive portfolio of mortgages and Treasury bonds to lower ...

Are you ready?

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National disasters can happy anywhere, anytime, and to anyone! Recent hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and wild fires shown on the news, remind us that no one is immune to a national disaster. September is marked as National Preparedness month, and we want your family to have a few basic tools ...

Understanding the severance issue

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I have been asked many times in the past couple weeks why the people south of town want to sever from the city. The council person that indicated to the T-R that she doesn’t have city sewer and several people on the south side of Lincolnway doesn’t have city sewer, seems to have misled the ...

It’s time to tighten our belts

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Taxpayers spend millions of dollars each for pension and other expenses for the five living former U.S. presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. That’s in addition to the cost of Secret Service protection for the former presidents and some ...

Another healthcare bill that hurts Americans

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Here they go again! Republicans are going to make one more run at taking away healthcare for about 30 million Americans. I apologize for lack of specifics but Republicans, again, don’t want us to know what they are up to until they’ve done it to us. Call Grassley and Ernst’s offices and ...

The UN: Once ‘useless,’ now useful

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While campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump more than once referred to the United Nations as a “useless” organization and “not a friend of democracy.” In his speech Tuesday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he apparently has discovered the often ...