Opinion

In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, Lisa Van Ess, of Sanborn, Iowa, reads from her Bible at the foot of a cross at Living Water Community Church in Sheldon, Iowa. Van Ess was at the church to participate in a prayer session prior to the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. (Tim Gallagher/Sioux City Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Column: Politicians Get It Wrong About Judeo-Christian America

Sunday, February 7, 2016

You know it’s an election year when you hear politicians talk about the “Judeo-Christian” tradition. Seriously, how often does this term come up in everyday …

Editorial: At Stake for Democrats

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton race reflects a fundamental tension between idealism and realism that has played itself out over generations in Democratic Party politics. Occasionally, …

Column: At 92, Bob Dole Still Talks Tough — About His Party

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Bob Dole may be 92 years old, but his grasp of the current political climate shows no sign of aging. When we recently spoke by …

Column: End Times in Iowa

Friday, January 29, 2016

Keosauqua, Iowa “Awaken the body of Christ that we might pull back from this abyss.” When Sen. Ted Cruz closed his prayerful plea to a crowd of about 150 people here late Tuesday night, the “abyss” he had …

Editorial: False Accusation Against Planned Parenthood

Friday, January 29, 2016

‘We must go where the evidence leads us.” So explained a Texas district attorney about why an investigation into alleged misconduct by Planned Parenthood ended instead with charges against Planned Parenthood’s accusers. By adhering to the facts, prosecutors and grand jurors set a model of behavior that puts …

Column: O’Malley Is a Serious Candidate; Let’s Take Him Seriously

Friday, January 29, 2016

Well, somebody has to do it. Somebody has to write about Martin O’Malley. He’s a serious person, with serious things to say, and it’s a travesty that he hasn’t gotten more coverage. In this election, two big issues …

Column: Longstreet Is a Civl War General Who Deserves a Monument

Friday, January 29, 2016

Born in 1821 in South Carolina, James Longstreet graduated from West Point in 1842 and served with distinction in the Mexican War. As the officer corps split along sectional lines, he joined the Confederacy in 1861, eventually rising …

Forum: Thanks, Chief Locke; Restrain Your Dogma; The Candidates Debate

Friday, January 29, 2016

Thanks, Chief Locke To the Editor: In the wake of a transition this week in the town of Hartford, I want to send a fond farewell and a note of appreciation to Steve Locke, interim town manager, previous public safety director/fire chief, and always, friend. He and I …

Column: Sanders Is the Rational Choice

Thursday, January 28, 2016

As the Iowa caucuses near, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders have released TV ads that together echo a popular theme in the mainstream media. Clinton’s ad depicts the job of the presidency as tough and change as …

Editorial: Local Option Tax Makes Sense for Hartford

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s the brave politician indeed who advocates imposing a new tax in this day and age, especially one previously rejected at the polls. But that is precisely what Hartford Selectboard members are doing in asking voters to adopt a 1 percent local option tax on hotel rooms, restaurant …

Column: Nominating Sanders Would Be Insanity

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Washington I adore Bernie Sanders. I agree with his message of fairness and I share his outrage over inequality and corporate abuses. I think his righteous populism has captured the moment perfectly. I respect the uplifting campaign he …

Forum: Friends, Indeed; Dogs at the Cemetery; Candidates’ Letters

Thursday, January 28, 2016

True Friends, Indeed To the Editor: The past November, my former wife and the mother of our three young children, Frederique Thibault, died at the age of 44 of a malignant brain tumor. Her death was very difficult for the many who loved her, particularly her children; however, …

Column: Michigan Governor Can’t Sidestep Blame

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Washington Jeb Bush explained Sunday why he still thinks Rick Snyder has been “a great governor for Michigan,” even after the mass lead poisoning because of tainted tap water in Flint. The disgrace over Flint’s water, the Republican …