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Posted November 25, 2015in Guest Commentary

Middle East 101

Thoughts from Fabrice Moussus, an international journalist living in Paris With what happened in Paris on Nov. 13, there is a feeling of deja vu from conflicts I have been in. It is very hard to stop people from committing an attack if they are willing to die for it. The irony

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Posted November 18, 2015in Guest Commentary

An Iowa GOP caucus vote for None of the Above

To no one’s surprise, Donald Trump did not call off his quest for the GOP presidential nomination — even though he was asked to do so in a July 15 Des Moines Register editorial. To the contrary, his campaign continues to provide evidence in support of what the Register observed

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Posted November 04, 2015in Guest Commentary

Confessions of a margin of error maker

I stopped lying after I came out as an unapologetic gay man, now a long time ago. Being a closeted gay man was really the only secret I had, and lying to keep that secret was pretty much all-consuming and utterly exhausting. It seemed like I didn’t have the energy

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Posted October 28, 2015in Guest Commentary

Some mental health conditions are easy to diagnose

I don’t agree with much that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has had to say in the Republican presidential sweepstakes and, apparently, not many in his political base do either. He’s polling about where undeclared candidates do. But in a demonstration that even a blind hog finds an occasional acorn, the

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Posted October 21, 2015in Guest Commentary

Asylums in the news

A continuing story in Iowa news is about a lawsuit regarding Gov. Terry Branstad’s decision to close mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant. However, another institution that some troubled souls want to get into is beyond the governor’s reach. Suppose your uncle or aunt lacked humility to the

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Posted September 30, 2015in Guest Commentary

America can be ‘Great’ — despite Trump and GOP debates

Say what you will — and we all have — the lead up to the 2016 election so far is….is….is? Well, maybe Shakespeare characterized much of the give-and-take among presidential candidates in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Or maybe he caught the spirit of today’s political rhetoric in Macbeth: Life’s but

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Posted September 23, 2015in Guest Commentary

The GOP agenda (or lack thereof)

To hear Republicans tell it, America’s major issues boil down to Hillary Clinton’s emails, Benghazi and Planned Parenthood. To hear Republican presidential candidates tell it, you’d think the most important issue facing the nation is Hillary Clinton’s old emails. Not climate change, not the growing gap between the filthy rich

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Posted September 16, 2015in Guest Commentary

White supremacy is alive and all too well

A New York Times obituary for Julian Bond, the civil rights icon who passed away this August, described the late leader as a “persistent opponent of the stubborn remnants of white supremacy.” Remnants? Hardly. Notwithstanding the hard-won gains of the 1960s, race relations in 21st-century America are still characterized by

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Posted September 09, 2015in Guest Commentary

Carter for President? Makes even more sense today!

Offered below is an editorial endorsement of Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia for U.S. President. It likely was the first-in-the-nation endorsement for a candidate then known as “Jimmy Who?” But the endorsement resonates today because of Mr. Carter’s recent diagnosis of cancer and because the qualities ascribed to him in

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Posted August 19, 2015in Guest Commentary

American heroes: Cause for joy and lament

The recent death of an American hero, Dr. Frances Kelsey, like the deaths of most real heroes, is cause for both joy and lament. Joy because such heroes reflect our society at its best; lament because of the contrast between their heroics and the shortcomings of others that too often

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