Opinion

The view is garbage!

Columnists

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

Columnists

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, ...

Are you ready?

Columnists

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

Your View

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

Our View

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

Your View

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

Columnists

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 ...

Letter writer was right on track

Your View

I want to commend Bill Denison for the clear, concise message in his letter to the editor in the Sept. 13 T-R. I agree with his message. If we take time to look, listen and get to know our neighbors, we will find that we have so much in common. We have the same aspirations and goals in life and ...

Investments in the future

Columnists

As an educator, the signs of fall always bring to mind the concept of a fresh start. School is back in session and students are experiencing the “new beginning” that comes with being in a new grade, with potentially different teachers and possibly a new school building. Their excitement is ...

All Rise, or Not, for the United States of Football

Columnists

Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning ...

House Republicans’ Frustrations May Doom Their Majority

Columnists

The Founding Fathers didn’t expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn’t. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House ...

Marshalltown’s Army-National Guard

Columnists

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part column on the history of Marshalltown’s Army-National Guard. The first installment published Sept. 12. The April 26, 1923 Times-Republican reported 54 young men had signed up to join the (National Guard) company if it should be brought from ...

Breast cancer screenings are important

Your View

Breast cancer ... a very scary set of words. There has been a lot of controversy lately on the benefits of mammography and talk about changing the recommendations. Patients would like the facts or odds about getting breast cancer. Here are some simple facts about breast cancer. Three-fourths of ...

Iowa’s senators issue a challenge

Our View

The work habits of many U.S. senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives are an ongoing frustration for many Americans. There are short workweeks and far too frequent recesses when lawmakers depart Washington for extended periods of time. That leads to widespread cynicism about ...

Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

Columnists

“Be still and know that I am God.” — Psalms 46:10 It’s an admonition some of us struggle to obey. Indeed, some of God’s self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer ...

The More Important Things

Columnists

Did you hear the latest about Donald Trump? Can you believe he did that? What about Nancy Pelosi? Or better yet, what about Hillary Clinton’s new book? She blames everyone but herself for her loss. Did you hear what Steve Bannon said to Charlie Rose, or Mitch McConnell’s response? Truth is, ...

No retirement cash at 58

Columnists

Dear Dave, I’m 58 years old and have nothing set aside for retirement. My wife and I are on Baby Step 2 of your plan and paying off debt. We have $37,000 in debt not counting our home, and five kids still at home. We have a household income of $73,000 a year, and were wondering if we should ...

A ‘Read-My-Lips’ Moment for Trump?

Columnists

“Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?” The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. Last night, President Donald Trump cut ...

The Vietnam War 2017

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Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, ‘’The Vietnam War,’’ which ...