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Century Farms celebrate history

It's more than 180 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 ...

Civility needed in immigration discussion

If you can get beyond the rhetoric and the vitriol, we believe you'll find that most people, whether they're U.S. citizens or immigrants, both documented and undocumented, believe there is a way to come together to promote legal immigration efforts and establishing a viable pathway to ...

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders ...

The MPD deserves our praise

In my column in Sunday's edition, I noted the news of the past two months in Marshalltown has dominated the headlines locally and around the state. Newspaper articles, TV coverage, radio reports and social media have focused more than its share of attention on these sad and horrifying ...

Grassley assumes major new role

With Republicans now the majority party in the United State Senate, all of that body's committees are now chaired by members of the GOP.Iowa's senior senator, Charles Grassley, has been chosen to helm the Judiciary Committee. He is the first person who is not a lawyer to chair this ...

Giving thanks today

When I'm worried and I can't sleep,I count my blessings instead of sheep,And I fall asleep counting my blessings.When my bankroll is getting small,I think of when I had none at all,And I fall asleep counting my blessings.- Irving BerlinThere's a lot to be thankful for this holiday and so we ...

The fight is not over

"I don't think it ends here. I think it's too important an issue for us to let go." That was the message from Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center CEO John Hughes following the recent decision by the State Health Facilities Council to deny a certificate of need for a new cancer ...

The power is in your hands

Election Day 2014 is one week away and if you haven't already cast a ballot, now's your chance to make your voice heard.Voting for the candidates of your choice is more than pulling a lever or filling in an oval on your ballot - it's taking an active role in shaping the future of our county, ...

Elect Blum, Ernst

Washington, D.C. could use some new blood and two new members to Iowa's Congressional ranks is a good way to start.Dubuque businessman Rod Blum is a good choice for Iowa's First Congressional District representative.As a business owner, Blum grew his five-person company to more than 300 ...

Re-elect Branstad

The race for governor really has not been much of a contest.Forget the poll numbers, it's clear that state Sen. Jack Hatch just doesn't have any credible answers to Gov. Terry Branstad's successes over this past term.The governor touts these more important numbers and facts: Moved the state ...

Our carriers really do deliver

Today is International Newspaper Carrier Day, a day set aside to recognize the tremendous efforts of the men and women who work diligently to get the newspaper to our readers.According to the Newspaper Association of America, hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers deliver to 133 million ...

Thank you, Oktemberfest board

A year's worth of planning culminated in four days of fun for thousands of people during Marshalltown's Oktemberfest this past weekend.What many don't realize is the countless hours of volunteer work that go into running a festival of this magnitude.The Oktemberfest board is behind that show of ...

Sick leave should only be used when you’re sick

Sick leave is considered such an important benefit that Congress passed a Family Medical Leave Act (more commonly known as FMLA) in 1993.FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. These employers must ...

‘Ghetto’ school comments way off base

While trying to make a point on where he thinks school funds should go, Marshalltown School Board member John Johnson called Anson Elementary School a school "from the ghetto" during a meeting this past week.He said after the meeting that he was referring to the building and not the students ...

Letters could make new hospital even better

Do you have 10 minutes to spare to help those in the area who may be impacted by cancer in the future?Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center leaders sure hope you do.The hospital is applying to add a cancer center at the new facility being built, but first must receive a Certificate of ...

Marshalltown emerges as STEM leader

The collaboration of Marshalltown leaders in our schools and businesses is paying off. Marshalltown is emerging as a statewide leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and it's starting to show.There's no question that having the efforts of Marshalltown ...

Expand law to prohibit adults from serving alcohol to minors

This week lobbyists rallied for a state law prohibiting adults from hosting events where alcohol is illegally consumed by underage people.Locally, the city of Marshalltown passed a similar law - the social host ordinance - in 2011. The Marshalltown Police Department introduced the ordinance on ...

Lawmakers must address bullying this session

Legislators will return to the statehouse this week to myriad agendas and priorities which will impact the future of Iowans. There are always many high-priority items that will grab attention, but we think this has to be the year lawmakers act on improving laws that impact one our most ...

Marshall County would be remiss to sell farmland

The $2 million dangling carrot that could make its way to Marshall County for the sale of farmland needs to be examined.The board of supervisors is considering selling county-owned land as a way to help pay for a set of new bridges on North Center Street, which could cost more than $5 ...

City should continue to serve those facing natural disasters

Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Director Terry Gray this week suggested the city stop its practice of providing sandbags for flood protection assistance.While we agree the city's role in providing this assistance needs to be evaluated, we think discontinuing the effort would be ...