• By Ben Evers

Periodically, YWCA members, staff and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, YWCA Assistant Aquatic Director Ben Evers shares the many benefits of year-round swimming.

  • By Norlin Mommsen

This week we had department heads come before the committees to talk about their goals for this legislative session.

Fifty years ago from Thursday, former Clinton High School Principal Harold Weber stood in front an audience of more than 1,400 people, and made known that the situation happening at that moment wouldn’t deter from the school’s mission.

  • By Clarence Page

Donald Trump saying something racist “isn’t exactly news anymore,” as “Saturday Night Live’s” Michael Che observed. Yet Trump’s former wife Ivanna Trump offers a kind word of support: He’s not a racist, she says, he just says racist things.

  • Ruth Marcus

The past week of the Trump presidency felt like that point in a video game when you’ve reached a new level and the widgets suddenly start flying at you too fast to dodge. There was an attack on free speech. On an independent judiciary. And with the president’s horrific reference to “s-------…

On Monday, Feb. 5, Democrats from every precinct in Iowa will gather as neighbors to organize for the elections ahead, to elect representatives to their county conventions and central committees, and to share their ideas for making an even stronger Iowa Democratic Party.

The Very Stable Genius began Friday as he has every day of his term, lying in a typically semi-coherent manner, this time claiming that he did not make racist and idiotic remarks about immigrants and their countries of origin in front of many witnesses the previous day.

  • By George Will

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb t…

  • By Scott Levine Scottlevine@clintonherald.com

The excitement of budget time doesn’t necessarily invigorate the electorate quite like a competitive national election. That doesn’t mean the importance of the coming weeks should be diluted to the general consensus of boredom.

  • Ruth Marcus

The unceasing debate over Ivanka Trump is whether she is a clueless enabler or a savvy troll, jabbing her father with sly tweets. Whatever the answer to the Ivanka Trump riddle, whether she is a dupe or a nettle, it has become obvious that she serves no useful role in this administration. Sh…

  • Walter Williams

A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester awaits us, let’s ask ourselves whether we’d lik…

I think it is wonderful our city has decided to rent 325 spaces in Clinton High School to out-of-district students so that a private company can make a profit.

  • By Clarence Page

An ill-advised order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ makes federal marijuana prosecutions easier in states that have legalized it. It reminds me of H.L. Mencken’s famous definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

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Everything I read going into Wild Card weekend was how many blowouts to expect. According to the experts, last year's Wild Card weekend should have been the ultimate precursor to this year's contest — and last year, the favorites dominated.

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A common element became apparent when I researched the best athletes in the Gateway area for our “Decades” book in 2013. There, among the several Clinton Herald articles displayed in the microfilm, was George’s Sports Gourmet.

  • By Clarence Page

It’s way too early to break out the champagne but Chicago found some good news for a change in its year-end homicide count. You’ll know the news is really great when President Donald Trump tries to take credit for it.

  • By George Will

Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and services than the…

  • Rita Hart

Medicaid is supposed to ensure our most vulnerable citizens – our friends, family and neighbors – have access to the health care they need. That hasn’t happened in Iowa since the Branstad/Reynolds Administration decided to have out-of-state, for-profit companies run our Medicaid system.

Why does national television coverage of NFL football games not show the players kneeling on the sidelines in protest of police violence?

  • Walter Williams

We are a nation of 325 million people. We have a bit of control over the behavior of our 535 elected representatives in Congress, the president and the vice president. But there are seven unelected people who have life-and-death control over our economy and hence our lives – the seven govern…

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We've almost reached the end of another long, drawn-out bowl season. Some of the games have been worth watching, while some others would likely be best played on local television.

  • By Scott Levine Scottlevine@clintonherald.com

Mother Nature’s cruel reminder this week that winter is upon us emphasized that the New Year is here. I don’t mind getting into 2018, but I would appreciate some of those 40-degree days we experienced earlier this month.

  • By Clarence Page

Now is the time to reopen my old reporter’s notebooks and see who among last year’s national newsmakers deserves sugar plums or a lump of coal for being naughty or nice.

  • By Adam Janke

Despite what can feel like Arctic weather sweeping into Iowa during the winter, the state still finds itself a long way from the Arctic tundra. So it would be surprising to find Arctic tundra wildlife soaring over Iowa’s picked corn fields or perching on the state’s telephone poles. But this…

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I've finally come to the realization that I'm going to be underwater for the 2017 NFL season. After two straight seasons of being well over .500, I just couldn't find the right balance between underdogs and favorites to make any headway, despite a better run toward season's end.

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