Another View

‘It’s pretty rough’

Homeless veterans in Iowa and parts of northwest Illinois are missing services available to help them because many do not know about the services, which include financial and housing assistance, or simply choose not to use them.Mental health issues are a reason for some of the disconnect, too, ...

Community development philanthropy

We live and work in an age where there seems to be too few resources, but what if we had over $1 million a year to use for community development? Public parks, little league diamonds and other public spaces could be improved. STEM education could be enhanced; an endowed scholarship could be ...

Be prepared to migrate

Iowa as a state, plus numerous other states, owe their existence to Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase.If Hillary Clinton is elected president, Bill and her propensity to focus cash retainers to their foundation may create the return of Jefferson's purchase to France, if they can raise the ...

Enough is enough

I am amused when those of higher intellect feel they know what is best for the "common people" in society. Regardless of the penalties imposed for breaking the law you will always have people that choose to break the law. In a recent guest editorial, the writer stated that most hunters are ...

Annual Marshall County tax sale

In today's edition of the Times-Republican you will find the public notice of the Marshall County Tax Sale to be held Monday, June 20. Iowa Code section 446.7 requires the Marshall County Treasurer's Office to conduct an annual tax sale to collect unpaid property taxes. The tax sale will ...

Combining economic development and philanthropy

Combining the tools of economic development and community-based philanthropy can be a great benefit for the local area in enhancing community life. It is a well-accepted fact that quality of life is a major aspect of economic development. The physical amenities and social health of a community ...

From non-profit to for-profit

Editor's note: This was originally published Oct. 21, 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.Cash is king except for hospital patients. A new Harvard University study comparing for-profit to nonprofit hospitals found no difference in how well patients tended to fare between the two types, ...

The Medics

Arkansas Red was a combat med. I was a rifleman. Arkansas Red served in VietnamI served in Korea 1950-51Despite those facts, we have a bond.Both of us try to forget - but moments lie dormant until memories surface to haunt.Medics go into combat without weapons.Infantrymen know that the next ...

Graduating at age 30

College isn't for everyone, and I know this from personal experience. On the other hand, people change, and I also know this from personal experience. I didn't go to college after high school, but I am 100 percent sure that when I was 18 years old, if I had, I would have failed miserably. But ...

Giving thanks during National Police Week

On May 15-21, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 was National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have given their lives in protection ...

WWII monument needs upgrades, improvements

On May 9, I had the opportunity to meet with the directors of Riverside Cemetery.The reason was a World War II monument that is reaching 70 years of age is needing cosmetic restorations. It also need re-landscaped without disturbing any of the veterans' graves. The bushes and tree blocking the ...

Honoring our correctional officers

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan wrote these words:"Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our Nation's prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of ...

Reaching Higher!

Editor's note: This is a reprint of an article featured in the April 6 Hola Iowa publication.Education opens many doors, enriches lives and helps to better understand the world around us. There are many young people who dream of getting higher education, but many do not know what comes next ...

Fighting back!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and it 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 ...

Random thoughts

Regardless of which political party you claim to be a member of, the issue of nominating a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia is yet another example of obstruction by doing nothing. And it has everything to do with politics.I think it is ...

Happenings in Des Moines

Week 10 was marked by debate on bills sent over from the Senate. The Tax Coupling bill, House File 2433, was debated and passed in the House and Senate on Tuesday and now goes to the governor for his signature.Meskwaki Jurisdiction BillOn Tuesday the House debated Senate File 2022, a bill to ...

New initiatives to protect crime victims

Several bipartisan bills moving through the Senate this session will make Iowa communities safer and ensure justice for crime victims. House File 2265 ensures victims of domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and human trafficking don't have to divulge in court proceedings where they live, unless ...

The iPhone — public enemy No. 1?

In this corner: the FBI, which says that all high-tech company Apple cares about is protecting its mega-profits and not the nation's security.And in that corner: Apple, which says the feds will put everyone's privacy in jeopardy if a court forces them to disable password protection on the ...

Paying for low-wage pollution

Economic justice activists are championing laws that shift the costs of toxic poverty wages from communities to corporations.Imagine if a corporation set up shop in your community and immediately dumped toxic sludge in your local waterways and buried radioactive waste next to your biggest ...

The work continues in Des Moines

The House is now focused on debating bills on the House Floor each day as we work through the many bills that have passed committee. Most of these bills are non-controversial, they generate little debate. I ran House File 2265 which made changes to the Safe At Home program on Thursday, which ...