Our View

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 ...

Supporting our youth will pay dividends

Marshalltown is not unlike many communities investing in its youth.From expanded preschool opportunities to programs like the Marshalltown Education Partnership, which affords a real chance at advanced education, in many ways Marshalltown is a leader.The most recent example of collaboration and ...

Time to prepare

This week marks an opportunity to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws at us next. As spring weather eventually makes its way, chances are we'll have a taste of at least some of Iowa's flare - thunderstorms, high winds, flooding, hail and funnel clouds.Every year in the United States, ...

Sunshine laws are for you, too

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.Though created by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing, and why.We are proud to celebrate Iowa's sunshine laws - ...

Community on board for Project Lead the Way

The Marshalltown community continues to take more ownership in the school district. Never has it been more clear than with the recent Project Lead the Way effort.Marshalltown High School is starting the program this fall and was looking for support from area companies to help with start-up ...

Photo controversy packs powerful lesson for youth

It's been a long week for the West Marshall Trojans.With its team in the spotlight, the high school wrestlers ended their team postseason with a seventh-place trophy and a hard-earned lesson.The wrestlers stirred controversy and made statewide news when a photo of the wrestlers spelling out an ...

County supervisors are right to draw the line on wages

Marshall County Board of Supervisors voted appropriately this week to lower raise recommendations from the compensation board.The compensation board in early January advanced a proposal for 8 to 15 percent increases in salaries for elected officials.The proposed wages were cut by 92 percent ...