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Grassley is a keeper

Some politicians go to Washington and forget the folks back home except when elections are near. Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa's senior United States senator, isn't one of them. He has a well-deserved reputation as a public servant who keeps in close touch with his constituents. His annual visits ...

October is Co-op Month across U.S.

There are various types of businesses that operate as cooperatives, but according to the National Cooperative Business Association they all are owned and democratically controlled by their members and are designed to serve those members. The members typically are the people who "use the co-op's ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

It’s harvest time once again in Iowa

Since human beings first learned to cultivate the soil, harvest time has had extraordinary significance. In earlier centuries, good crops meant prosperity and security. They signaled that the winter months just ahead could be faced without fear of starvation.In 21st-century Iowa, harvest season ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

National 4-H Week, which started 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 ...

It’s time to make your voice heard

Early voting is now under way all across the Hawkeye State.Election Day is Nov. 8, but many states make it possible for citizens to cast ballots over a period of weeks in advance of that date. Here in Iowa the early voting option began Thursday.Those Americans who choose to vote have the ...

Honoring our veterans

This week, we received a very nice message from Ron and Debi Estabrook about the newly-dedicated Marshall County Freedom Rock:"We would like to thank you so much for the wonderful coverage we have received over the last two years about the Freedom Rock project. It was a passion of my husband's ...

Good news for Iowa beef producers

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 million ...

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 87,500 farms.According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture a huge portion ...

Sunshine Week: Government openness is vital to democracy’s functioning

Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it.Iowa and most other states have what are called "sunshine" laws. They require most public business to be conducted in meetings open to the public. There are also ...

Wetlands funding deserves praise

One of the keys to keeping our natural environment healthy is making certain that water resources are appropriately protected. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is one of the components of the federal government charged with supporting initiatives that support that goal.In October, U.S. Ag ...

Sodders works hard for us

With all the recent frustration at the Iowa State Capitol, it is nice to know that our state Sen. Steve Sodders, is still fighting for our best interest. As a deputy sheriff and a state senator, Steve Sodders embodies the role of a public servant. In each of his roles, Sen. Sodders is committed ...

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 ...