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Grow the workforce … grow the community

In today’s economy the idea of “growing your workforce” is paramount to “growing your community.” Serving as a catalyst for collaboration and coordination of community and economic development efforts that enrich and grow the region, is the strategic priority of the Marshalltown ...

Remembering Fannie Lou

The summer of 1964 — known as Freedom Summer — was a grassroots movement in the Deep South that sought to help African-Americans overcome legislative and communal barriers in registering to vote. Knowing Mississippi’s establishment Democratic Party would bar them from participating in the ...

DACA is crucial

I’ve worked in law enforcement in Iowa for the past 25 years (14 years as a police chief). I have spent the past six+ years as the chief of police in Marshalltown. I can tell you without a doubt that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is crucial to the security and overall ...

There’s a proper forum for ‘M’ discussion

In response to Mr. Latham’s letter to the editor in the Nov. 18 edition concerning the F4 Veterans Memorial on American Legion grounds, I would first like to say I apologize if the location chosen for the “M” offended any of my fellow veterans. Diminishing the meaning of the memorial was ...

Move the ‘M’

I totally agree with Col. Joe Latham’s letter regarding the inappropriate placement of the large promotional Marshalltown M in the memorial site where the F-4C Phantom Jet fighter is located on S. 6th St. As a retired veteran who thinks the site was so well done, I was surprised and greatly ...

Looking back but moving forward

I am nearing the end of my term as mayor of Marshalltown. So, now is a time of reflection for me, and I have had time to think about the positive change seen in our community since I took office in January 2014. I wanted to share with you some of the areas in which I have been most proud of our ...

Bringing home with me

Let me paint a picture for you: A 27-year-old dreamer, leaves his parents’ home where he had just spent the night enjoying a football game, a nice home-cooked dinner, and the camaraderie that one can only find at home. As he begins the short journey to his house, tears begin to well up in his ...

Help shape Marshalltown’s destiny

This Tuesday provides another opportunity for all of us to exercise our right to vote and to shape our destiny as a community. Sept. 12 is the date of school board elections throughout the state of Iowa. Here in Marshalltown we have four people that will be elected/re-elected to fill the ...

Yes Mia, education is economic development!

Even though my sophomore daughter at Marshalltown High School, Mia, may not agree with me, this is a pretty exciting time for me and for our community ... school’s back in session! Although you may have heard me say this a number of times before, I’ll say it again … education and what ...

Iowans should be wary of AHCA

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill recently passed by the U.S. House, is a storm rolling in from Washington, DC. Obscured by foggy notions of improved fiscal flexibility for states and broader insurance choices for individuals, the AHCA will in fact hamstring state budgets and wipe ...

Honor our ‘True Blue Warriors’

“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” — Matthew 5:9 National Police Week (May 15-19) is a time for my fellow law enforcement officers to reflect on the loss of fellow officers nationwide. It is a time to honor the sacrifice those officers gave to their ...

Fighting back against sexual assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is a good time to focus public attention on the epidemic of sexual violence that plagues our communities. The natural inclination for most of us is to say that these problems occur somewhere else, in much larger communities. This type of thinking ...

Time for a bad idea to go up in smoke

Terril is a town of 364 residents and it seemed like most of them were looking on from across the street as four fire departments tried to get a blaze under control the night of Oct. 12, 2015. Tim and Michelle Roth spent 15 years at 306 State Street. They moved there when their oldest sons, ...

I am Mary Richards

“How will you make it on your own?/This world is awfully big/Girl this time you’re all alone.” These were the opening lyrics of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” a series that debuted on Saturday, Sept. 19, 1970. The opening sequence introduced audiences to a wistful, attractive young ...

Marshalltown community pride

One of our vision statements is to have and convey a culture of pride and respect, with a reputation as a great community in which to live, work and play. Community pride looks different to everyone. It can be involvement in planning a community-wide event, attending a school program, donating ...

Caught in the middle

You’re becoming too Americanized, Nickie Nguyen’s parents told her when she didn’t speak Vietnamese as well as the other Vietnamese children around her in Des Moines. You’re not Dominican enough, Geordano Liriano, of Harlem, N.Y., was told by older people when he couldn’t say a ...

Why I’m supporting Hillary Clinton

In the United States today, 46 million Americans call our rural communities home. In just a few short weeks, you will cast your ballots for President, choosing a candidate who will not only represent your interests, but understands the challenges you face. Throughout this long election, the ...

Choosing optimism over cynicism

I've always considered myself a happy person-not the kind of woman who claps with giddy delight over her breakfast waffles, but the kind of woman who makes regular use of her grin.Sure, there have been hard seasons deaths of loved ones, illness, postpartum depression. But even when the glass ...

Stand up for the arts in school

As students begin their school years and we approach the fall, it is important for us to remember the impact of education in our homes, schools, and communities. For decades, research has shown that when students participate in the arts as a part of their education, they go on to succeed in ...

Do not shortchange public education

I was talking with my mother recently about the start of the school year. She's a seventh grade teacher up in northwest Iowa in Estherville. I'm a medical student at the University of Iowa. She and I share an intense love of learning. My family has had incredible opportunity because of Iowa's ...