Opinion

Supporting someone going through a difficult time

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Q: One of my friends was recently widowed, and someone in my extended family has been diagnosed with a serious (possibly terminal) illness. I see both of them fairly often and want to encourage them, but I feel awkward. Jim: It’s natural to want to ease a loved one’s pain. But ...

Untiedt will change Marshalltown for the better

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In examining the choices for the upcoming city council special election, it’s evident that one candidate is the most qualified and will be the most effective in representing Marshalltown’s second-ward residents. Bob Untiedt is far and away the best candidate who will make a positive ...

Desperately Hating Clarence Thomas

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Of all the desperate and futile attempts at revisionist history, few are as careless as the attempt to destroy the reputation of one of the finest Supreme Court justices this country has ever produced. Now comes another volley. New York magazine has assembled “The Case for Impeaching Clarence ...

Vote for Carollo

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I just recently moved out of the second ward, so unfortunately, I won’t be able to vote in the Feb. 27 special election for a city council representative for that ward. I wish I could. Nevertheless, I’m writing to express my support for Jay Carollo for the position, and to encourage ...

Thank you Marshalltown citizens

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The city asked for your assistance with a referendum in 2016 and another referendum in 2017, and we can proudly say that what we predicted has turned into a positive outcome for the community. In August 2016, the Marshalltown voters approved the borrowing of $17.5 million to build a new ...

Adult Basic Education improves skills, changes lives

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Have you ever traveled to a foreign country and found it difficult to read and understand menus or street signs? Was it impossible to communicate with the locals? Believe it or not, there are people in our own communities who face this situation every day, and it’s not necessarily due to a ...

Untiedt is our choice for city council

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We are writing as two elected officials to encourage support of a progressive leader in the Second Ward special election that will be held on Feb. 27. We endorse and recommend the voters of Ward Two vote for Bob Untiedt. Bob has demonstrated a strong interest in improving the lives of the ...

Clinging to Moments of Unexpected Grace

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Every so often, my two sisters and I manage to carve out enough time to meet at a restaurant for a meal we don’t have to cook. We eat, of course, and pick at one another’s plates, but it’s about so much more than food. We convene, in person, to share updates from our lives in ways that ...

Contradictory statements

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I read with interest the essay by Marshalltown Police Chief Michael Tupper and Storm Lake Police Chief Mark Prosser opposing Senate File 481 that prohibits “sanctuary cities.” (A more descriptive term would be sanctuary cities or counties.) They make two arguments that contradict each ...

What’s Oozing out of Campuses Is Polluting Society

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In a 1989 article in New Republic, Andrew Sullivan made what he called “a (conservative) case for gay marriage.” Today same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in America, supported by majorities of voters and accepted as a part of American life. Now Sullivan has cast his gaze on what he ...

Heart belongs to Marshalltown

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I recently encountered a “young” man who heard me talking about Marshalltown. He rudely butted in to say there was nothing in Marshalltown but a road that went through it to “somewhere else.” I differed with him to no avail. His opinion came from graduating with a degree from Area 6. He ...

I am a child of domestic violence

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As a boy, I couldn’t fall asleep until I heard my father return from his nocturnal ramblings. I’d listen hard, trying to gauge his mood from the tone of his voice, trying to determine if it was safe to close my eyes. Some nights, it was. Other nights, it was not. On those nights, I came ...

Untiedt is the right choice

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I have studied the candidates seeking the Second Ward seat on the Marshalltown City Council and it is clear that there is only one choice: Bob Untiedt. In my opinion, Bob is very well informed about the management and operations of our local municipality; he understands the complexities ...

A Dumb Idea

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White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney deserves enormous credit for doing something that has long been needed. He wants to reform the food stamp program in America. The program has waste, fraud, and abuse issues. It is not terribly efficient. There are people in the program who do not ...

A New Look Into Poverty in America

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In 2015, as told on the Center for Advancing Opportunity website, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., then-president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, heard libertarian billionaire businessman Charles Koch, in a TV interview, discussing eliminating barriers to opportunity. Taylor reached out to Koch, ...

Your retirement, your money

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Dear Dave, I’ve been following your plan, and I’m ready to start investing. Do employer contributions count toward the 15 percent you recommend putting into retirement? — Brenda Dear Brenda, Investing 15 percent of your income in retirement accounts is Baby Step 4 of my plan. That ...

The Motives Behind the Massacre

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“Enough is enough!” “This can’t go on!” “This has to stop!” These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words before. Unfortunately, such ...

Finally, a Unifying Theme for 2018

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Democrats whom I talk to confess privately that despite President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and the fact that nearly all polls show their party with a lead over Republicans when it comes to the upcoming midterm elections, they are increasingly nervous about 2018. Fueling the Democrats’ ...

Jim Wares: In search of a hero

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I need a man. There are 152 million men in the United States and I desperately need one. Just one. For the appropriate candidate, I offer happiness and harmony. For the inappropriate candidate … oh … my … God! I realized my need for a man the other day when I was given a gift, a shalwar ...

Kelly Van De Walle: Gentleman’s guide to Valentine gifts

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In addition to the cliché’ nature of your standard Valentine’s Day gifts, they also present other, largely overlooked problems. For example, did you know some women are actually allergic to jewelry? My wife, for example, cannot wear earrings. If she does, after a day she will return home ...