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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 ...

Let’s give Vietnam vets the thanks they deserve

When they returned home, they were rejected by our country.They faced verbal and sometimes physical assaults.They were spit upon and humiliated.Our Vietnam War veterans came home from war to face another battle - they were the detested target of an unpopular war.Rather than being greeted by ...

City’s aging fire, police buildings need attention

The Marshalltown City Council made a good move hiring a consultant to explore the space needs of the police and fire departments.While the findings were unsurprising - the city's police headquarters are nearly half of what it should be, and the 58-year-old fire department also needs an update - ...

IVCCD wise to include community in Orpheum decisions

This week Iowa Valley Community College District leaders made a smart move by exploring options for the Orpheum with community stakeholders.Having suffered approximately $1 million in losses since its opening four years ago, it is certainly time to create a smart business plan for the theater ...

Thank you Martha-Ellen, now it’s our turn

For the past 49 years, the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse has not only served the thousands of students who have passed through it, but it has also served as the linchpin of the community.It is home to MHS sporting events, graduation and even hosted the 2012 Republican caucus. And, each ...

City council should vote yes to support trail

A former railroad route running north from Marshalltown through Albion, Liscomb, Eldora and Steamboat Rock will be a topic of discussion at the Marshalltown City Council meeting Monday.The council will be asked to be the sponsoring agency for a grant the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) ...

Iowa is failing victims of domestic abuse

Come July 1, victims of some of the most traumatic crimes will have one less familiar place to turn. So will the law enforcement officers who work to assure those who report domestic violence or sexual assault have an advocate to help them. Women who were once able to seek shelter after making ...

Give reduced recess a chance

Hearing that your child is going to spend less time outdoors at recess is not welcome news.The community of Marshalltown made that point clear at this week's school board meeting.However, we think parents and community members should look at the merits of increased instructional time.The school ...

Suspend Commandant, complete an investigation

The internal storm of controversy that has surrounded the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown for over two years came into full public view on Monday in Des Moines.The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing after several current and former employees of IVH as well as numerous community ...

Cutting council meetings would stifle public involvement

In an effort to make the city council a more attractive job, the mayor of Marshalltown has suggested reducing the number of meetings the council holds.Currently, the council holds Committee of the Whole, or discussion meetings, on the first and third week of the month.The second and fourth ...