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Focus on overcoming links between poverty and education

Ready or not, local kids will go back to school in mid-August. From kindergarten to senior year of high school, good schooling is fundamental to a child’s success as an adult. Of course, life circumstances also play a role in that success, especially when it comes to household income. When ...

America needs trade policy that works

There are few American microcosms more prolific than hard working people breaking their backs at all hours of the day to produce products that are essential to the U.S. economy. Marshalltown is a great example of a city with a variety of industries such as manufacturing, innovative engineering, ...

We will recover if we are MARSHALLTOWN STRONG

July 19, 2018 will be a day for Marshalltown history books. On that day, an EF-3 tornado destroyed some of the most important parts of our town: homes, local businesses, large employers and city buildings. The city will never be the same. The beautiful drive down Main Street is forever ...

Lennox Perfectly at Home in Marshalltown

Thursday’s devastating tornado that plowed through Marshalltown left behind a wide swath of destruction and MIRACULOUSLY, no known deaths. However as bad of a storm as it was, it never touched what Marshalltown has always been known for – hard work, pride and innovation. No sooner than ...

Support Central Iowans moving onto the State Fair

Pigs raced. Kids showed livestock. Audience members cheered, clapped and danced. Cooks grilled up and perfected a variety of dishes. Even the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture made an appearance. From new events to old traditions, the Central Iowa Fair again made its mark. The fair is reflective ...

Support Iowa’s manufacturers

Backing hometown sports teams is second nature to most people. Supporting Iowa’s agricultural economy and the state’s manufacturers should become equally common. There are important reasons to opt for purchases at or through local merchants whenever possible. The same goes for championing ...

It’s a day to celebrate America

We should renew our commitment to the heritage of 1776. Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at least a brief time to pause and reflect on ...

Are more college scandals coming?

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

After 2012 drowning tragedies, Marshalltown set eyes on safety

It has been nearly six years since Marshalltown was confronted with the devastating news of the drownings of four young children. On June 19, 2012, near the Center Street dam on the Iowa River, 10-year-old Andres Favela-Lopez went missing after going for a swim with friends. After a search, ...

How to prepare for a tornado

Summertime... It’s the time of year Iowans think about family vacations, great weather, outdoor activities and tornadoes. Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip over mobile home and cars, create dangerous flying debris and ruin an entire town in a few minutes. A tornado, by definition, ...

Don’t fail to make your voice heard

Primary Election Day in the Hawkeye State is Tuesday. To make voting as convenient as possible, many states allow registered voters to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance the official Election Day. Here in Iowa early voting is underway. Ballots can be cast at county auditors' offices ...

Newsprint tariffs threaten the printed word

The Times-Republican has been providing news coverage important to Central Iowa readers for more than 160 years. Before the internet. Before television. Before radio. Even before the Civil War. The newspaper has been around for a long time telling the story of Marshalltown and Central ...

Take time to remember The sacrifices these patriots made deserve respect

Monday is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family. It is important, however, not to forget what this day is truly about. Beginning soon after the Civil War, a ...

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. In the 21st century agriculture is just one component — albeit a very important one -— of the commercial activity that keeps Iowa ...

There’s good news from Japan

Iowa’s growing ethanol industry just got some very good news. Japan has opened its huge marketplace to ethanol manufactured from corn. Until the recent decision by the Japanese government to make this change most of the ethanol sold there was produced from sugarcane. This is a major boost ...

Grassley singled out for praise

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is a trade organization representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. It has members not only all across the United States, but also in more than 30 nations around the ...

Barbara Bush will be missed

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died last week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

USDA-SBA partnership makes sense

Keeping the farm economy strong requires that the business communities in the small towns throughout rural also thrive. That’s why a new partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal government’s Small Business Administration is an encouraging development. On ...

Ernst has concerns over tariffs

America’s economy would be more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are made or grown here. Unfortunately, achieving a positive trade balance overall has been an elusive goal. A long history of unfair trade practices by some ...

It’s time for spring and farming

Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa’s 86,900 farms. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture a huge ...