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    Friday night, May 9, 1958. I’m 14 years old, glued to our 21-inch Zenith television, watching “Trackdown,” a western starring Robert Culp as Hoby Gilman, a chain-smoking, fast-drawing, no-nonsense Texas Ranger. He’s cool personified, a rough combination of Matt Dillon and Steve McQueen.

      Every year we give and get gifts large and small, expensive and simple, heartfelt and routine. Every year we give or get only one or two — if we’re lucky — perfect gifts.

        If “freedom” means anything, it means freedom to pray and worship in your own way, on your own time, with whomever shares your views. This seems like common sense to me and beyond disagreement.

          My dear old friend Dale Phelps liked to cite the Friedrich Nietzsche quote: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Hillary Clinton supporters, you’re still alive.

            Freelance writer Scott Cawelti is having lunch and a conversation with area leaders. This is the 10th installment from his lunch with community leader Kamyar Enshayan.

            Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a pair of laws restricting the bathrooms transgender students can use and banning gender-affirming medical care amid a flood of legislation nationwide targeting the trans community. Doctors will have six months to cease prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. And transgender students will be barred from using public school restrooms that align with their gender identity. Students will need parental consent for special accommodations like using a faculty or single-occupancy restroom. Iowa LGBTQ advocacy groups, civil rights organizations and the state’s teachers’ union have condemned both laws.

            A man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend and another man during a crowded birthday party at an Iowa nightclub where he was working security. Timothy Rush agreed this week in a motion to a deal in which he pleaded guilty to two charges of involuntary manslaughter. KWWL-TV reports that a judge accepted the plea deal Thursday. Three people were killed and nine others were wounded in the April 10 shooting in Cedar Rapids. Rush initially was charged with two counts of second degree murder for two of the deaths. A second suspect was sentenced last year to life in prison for killing the third victim.


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