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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 ...

Replica editio offers entire T-R anywhere, anytime

One of the reader-friendly features of many current newspaper websites (including our own - timesrepublican.com) is the ability to see every page of that day’s print edition. Replica editions show every article, every photo and every advertisement just as they appeared in that day’s ...

Bill seeking help for families of fallen officers deserves support

On Sept. 13, 2013, Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting died in the line of duty. He was shot during an overnight standoff at 502 Pleasant St. by Corey Trott, of Rockwell City. Trott was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for that murder. The City Council in Rockwell City tried ...

Is your family’s farm eligible?

It’s been 185 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. The America of the 21st century is far different from the nation presided over by President Andrew Jackson in 1833. There is, however, one constant feature for Iowans — agriculture is at the very heart of ...

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn’t as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. ...

Sen. Ernst lauds National Defense Strategy

On Jan. 19, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis released the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, reacted to this new game plan for the Department of Defense with ...

Tax changes help Iowa’s farmers

The new tax law passed by Congress late in 2017 and signed by President Donald Trump will help Iowa farmers, according to Sen. Charles Grassley. The Iowa Republican is the senior member and former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee. He ...