Opinion

Marshalltown is a great place to send your students

Our View

Last week, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting that raised our eyebrows. The point of the meeting was essentially to ask if the Marshalltown School District would willingly host a bus pick-up and drop-off location for students who open enroll from Marshalltown to ...

63red Safe offers safe haven for Trumpers

Columnists

So I go to my barber for a shave. While I’m waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He’s no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we’ve got the whole shop laughing as we rip Trump’s idiocy. My barber ...

Vaccinate your children

Your View

In my opinion allowing parents to exempt their children from vaccinations for measles, mumps, chicken pox, rubella, influenza and other readily communicable diseases is idiotic. We must not allow our children to be placed at risk because of misguided “religious” or other beliefs. Arizona ...

House Democrats finding it hard to confront anti-Semitism

Columnists

The Democratic Party is having a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House ruined a week in which the Democrats were ...

‘Sunshine’ tax bills attack solar energy users

Your View

Recently bills were introduced in both the Iowa House and Senate that would charge additional fees to those persons, businesses and farms who have installed solar panels to provide a portion of the electricity used in their home or business. We are vehemently opposed to these proposed ...

Swimmin’ with the fishes

Columnists

Several years ago before we were married, my wife and I dated and lived apart. Together we bought a fish, because at the time that was all the commitment as I could handle and nothing says eternal love like a slimy creature with a two-year lifespan. Below is an email sent to her after an ... ...

Knowing keeps us free?

Your View

A Feb. 10 commentary by the Times-Republican posited several major themes: that news organizations give you knowledge, that journalists (and through them journalism) make communities better, and, that the future of journalism is in the hands of the consumer. News organizations give you ...

‘Yo, your face is changing colors.’

Columnists

“Yo, your face is changing colors. You upset?” “Yeah, dog, read my lips.” This is how I imagined conversations would unravel around the dinner table as I clutched $3 mood lipstick in my hands. It promised to change from orange to purple based on a mood change of calm to stressed. ...

Unsung heroes in tornado

Your View

I’d also like to express gratitude and appreciation for the many other unsung heroes that are whipping our town and businesses back into shape these past eight months. Skilled trades professionals: electricians, plumbers, mechanics, IT specialists and construction contractors have performed ...

A devil mink

Columnists

Mayhem struck the Empty Nest Farm. I was a little late doing the morning chores. It wasn’t until 11 a.m. or so before I got out to feed Blossom and take care of the hens. Before I pulled open the door to the hen house, I thought I heard some strange clucking. Sure enough, I was confronted ...

Farming and caring

Your View

As a young fifth generation Iowa family farmer, our family has seen many changes over the past two centuries with agriculture and how livestock is raised. Conservation of our natural resources including water and soil is a top priority not only with our crops, but also livestock. Using the ...

Floods across corn belt

Columnists

A massive storm swept from Colorado into the Midwest, bringing hurricane-strength winds and blizzard conditions to the western half of the Corn Belt. As the storm moved east, the snow shifted to rain, bringing floods as water overwhelmed frozen fields and rivers. While this extreme weather ...

Let’s keep quality education here

Your View

I would like to share my experience attending Marshalltown Community College with hopes that you would also share your support in the upcoming bond referendum on April 2. My first experience with MCC came as a child when I was a mini cheerleader at home basketball games, I always thought how ...

An open-water misadventure

Columnists

After spending months confined to my house watching and reading fishing materials or, at best, dangling a small jig inside an ice tent, I was relieved to get out on the open water this week, even though it didn’t exactly go to my liking. The spot I chose was Three Bridges County Park near ...

Keep local control of fireworks

Your View

Disturbing the peace, injuries, fires, as well as spent bottle rockets, buzz bombs and aerial rockets on your roof and in your yard. These are what Iowans get from personal use of fireworks. Explosions start well before the approved holidays, and extend well beyond those same days. Local ...

Busy week on the House floor

Columnists

We quickly shifted gears this week, spending much more time in caucus meetings reviewing bills and then debating them on the floor. We debated and passed over 40 bills this week. Many of the bills are non-controversial, taking but a few minutes to discuss and vote on them. Roughly 90 percent of ...

30+ bills passed out of Senate

Columnists

Week nine in the Iowa Senate included some of the first major debate of this year. Just this week, we passed over 30 bills out of the Senate chamber. The Senate passed Senate File 536 on Wednesday, which took out a restriction in the Iowa code that limited the operation of tele-pharmacies in ...

Support children’s mental health effort

Columnists

I was pleased when Gov. Kim Reynolds emphasized the importance of taking action on children’s mental health issues. She did that in her State of the State Address. We now have her proposed legislation and it is moving forward in the legislative process. It is, at this point, a structural ...

Sunshine your fundamental right

Columnists

For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people. The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s your right to know.” The reason it’s your right to know is that it’s your government. From the courthouse, to the statehouse to the White ...