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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 ...

Reynolds sets out important goals

Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered her first Condition of the State Tuesday. She told lawmakers - and her fellow residents of our state - that Iowa is doing well but has important challenges to confront in the year ahead. The governor pointed with pride to some of Iowa's strengths: • It is ...

Term limits, shorter sessions?

Should being a politician be a full-time job? Should being a member of Congress be a good job, with great benefits? Should being a member of Congress be a lifetime job? Currently, the Congress of the United States is made up of professional legislators. Legislating is their principal ...

USDA accomplished much in 2017

Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shared his perspective on how the agency he heads had fared in 2017. He said it was a year during which the hard-driving team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture achieved a great deal. “Unlike any other federal department, USDA ...

Very good news for all of us

Many Iowans are very familiar with the many things the U.S. Department of Agriculture does extremely well. Most of us, however, don’t have any direct knowledge of how the agency is viewed by the civil servants who work there. The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte jointly have ...

Some common sense is needed

Strange, isn't it, that some environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...

Happy New Year!

All across Iowa, people will be taking advantage of this holiday weekend to pursue celebrate the arrival of a new year. That makes it especially important that each of us resolve to keep our streets and highways safe. Paying heed to a few safety tips can help prevent what should be an ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan. Below is the full text of that letter and the reply by Sun editorial writer ...

A little sunlight please

The recent reluctance by Marshalltown city officials to say that they would reduce their tax asking by the corresponding amount that they are currently contributing to the 911 commission is puzzling. Perhaps some clarification by those officials may be in order. Over the last year, a task ...

The seasonal bells are ringing again

The sound of bells signals that The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is once again in full swing. If one needed any further evidence that the holiday season is at hand, the appearance of the familiar bell ringers and the launch of this year’s fundraising drive certainly provides ...