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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 ...

Offering our thanks at Thanksgiving

There’s a lot to be thankful for this holiday and so we asked members of the Times-Republican staff to share their blessings with our readers. Here are some of their responses: I am thankful for: My Lord and Savior — Jesus Christ, for all the blessings of my family and for the wonderful ...

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 ...