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Reynolds helps shape state’s economy

Having an economy with a diverse array of jobs and a workforce with the skills to fill them are both vitally important to the future of the Hawkeye State. That’s why an announcement Gov. Kim Reynolds made on Nov. 14 is extremely significant. The governor said two new registered ...

Ernst is making waves

Some politicians seek federal office in part so they can live an extravagant lifestyle paid for by American taxpayers. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is determined to curtail that type of self-serving behavior. That’s why the Iowa Republican has just introduced legislation that would eliminate a tax ...

Harvest is a time for caution

According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Accidents involving farm vehicles and cars and trucks are one of the reasons the death toll is so high. At all ...

Have a Halloween that’s fun and safe

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It’s primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make-believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

Been there, done that!

Our Veterans Administration continues to hear many complaints about treatment of veterans needs, both from veterans themselves and the private sector. As a 96-year-old World War II veteran with Pacific U.S. Navy duty having been involved in health care and a wide range of veterans affairs I ...

Annual STEM evaluation shows progress

During her years a lieutenant governor, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a leading role in promoting a multifaceted state initiative that is designed to strengthen education in Iowa concerning science, technology, engineering and mathematics — usually referred to by the acronym STEM. Consequently, it ...

Newspapers make America stronger

Here at The Times-Republican, we work diligently to put out a daily newspaper that we hope readers find both informative and useful. This is National Newspaper Week. That makes it a good time to reflect on our industry. Newspapers are so much a part of daily life that most people spend ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

National 4-H Week, which began Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Iowa agricultural leaders have an opportunity

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some ...

It’s time to tighten our belts

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 ...

Iowa’s senators issue a challenge

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 ...

USDA helps with Harvey’s aftermath

Many parts of the federal government are hard at work helping state and local officials cope with the massive problems Hurricane Harvey has created. While it isn’t the lead agency for rescue efforts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is playing an important role in facilitating recovery from ...

Ernst’s perspective on Afghanistan is unique

The long war in Afghanistan has been a sobering experience for Americans. The battles in this faraway land continue to consume American treasure and the lives of servicemen and servicewomen. To many of us, this struggle seems dangerously close to being an enterprise with no acceptable ...

Grassley protects U.S. taxpayers

Sen. Charles Grassley is an important voice in Washington on many issues of major significance to the future of the nation. While that may be the most crucial aspect of his service, he also is a tireless opponent of wasteful and fraudulent government expenditures. The Iowa Republican has ...

School board elections matter; vote today!

Voters here in Marshalltown and elsewhere across Iowa go to the polls today to select school board members. With all the attention being paid to the run-up to the January presidential caucuses voters may be tempted to regard these local contests as of low priority. They aren’t. The ...

A day for memories and fierce resolve

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day etched in the memories of Americans. Recollections of 9/11 remain vivid, though less so as time passes. The American people opened their hearts to the families touched by the evil work of the terrorists. They also resolved to prevent similar atrocities from creating ...

Northey heads to Washington

The White House has announced that President Donald Trump is nominating Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to be U.S. under secretary of agriculture for farm production and conservation. This is a new post created in May as part of a reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ...

An elderly woman is carried to dry ground as she evacuates a neighborhood in west Houston inundated by floodwaters after water was released from nearby Addicks Reservoir when it reached capacity due to Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

It’s time to lend a hand

The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast. A number of Iowa Red Cross volunteers already have joined in this crucial undertaking and more will certainly be headed south before long. Shelters are open all across Texas. ...

U.S. pork will now be sold in Argentina

Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. According to information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, agricultural exports support more than 1 ...