Opinion

Be careful who you vote for

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You must realize that numerous elected officials need to be voted out of office. Meaning — all the council members that vote to spend money that benefits only special interest groups and pet programs rather than the majority of taxpayers. Marshalltown is currently $58 million in debt. ...

Donating the gift of life

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND ON is about organ donation. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: My 17-year-old son received a new kidney after the tragic death of a young woman in an auto accident, and he is now doing fine. He had kidney problems almost from birth, and the doctors said I’d lose ...

Vote for Eaton

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If you want a council person that will look at things with a fresh perspective Mark Eaton is the one to vote for. He fully supports the mayor, council, city administrator form of government that is in place and wants to see it continue. Having a full-time administrator is a necessity in the ...

The Swamp Is D.C.

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Get ready for a word problem. Paul Manafort was Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman. He allegedly had deep, long-lasting, corrupt ties to Russia for which he will likely go to prison if convicted — he’s just been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. According to the ...

Future Files

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Bitcoin futures on the way The Chicago Mercantile Exchange made a surprise announcement this week that it would begin listing a contract on bitcoin futures, giving more credibility to the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin, which is not controlled by any singular government, has seen increasing interest ...

Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers measured judgment of the past

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Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list. There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages. Arriving at a moment ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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(Thank you to the Times-Republican, Rev. Rich King and Bill Zurcher for putting together, and to all you who attended, the ecumenical gathering of the Ask Augustine seminar at Marshalltown’s Presbyterian Church on Sept. 26.) In the Oct. 17 issues of Wired and Epic magazines, Alex Mar wrote ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

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In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime business partner, ...

The Fusion of Reporting and ‘Oppo’

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On Oct. 24, the Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. The firm then retained former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who ...

AEA leadership series designed to inspire area educators

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Central Rivers Area Education Agency is on a mission to help Iowa educators be inspired leaders of the most innovative schools in the nation. Leadership is defined as the ability to motivate a group of individuals to work towards a common goal. An inspired leader goes a step further to ...

Volunteers keep city parks clean again

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“People are attracted to a city that has parks that are neat and clean,” remarked a Marshalltown citizen recently. Once again, community volunteers have worked to keep the city parks looking attractive. By participating in the “Adopt a Park Program” they not only picked up litter once a ...

Yes, It’s Bad Out There, but You’re Not Alone

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The young cashier smiled as she requested my driver’s license to prove I was old enough to buy cabernet in Columbus, Ohio. I complied and thanked her for making my day. Something shoved against me, hard, and I teetered. I looked down at the grocery cart pressed against my hip and then at the ...

Vote for Greer, Wirin and Martin

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The election for mayor and city council is next Tuesday, Nov. 7. I would encourage all Marshalltown citizens to exercise their right to vote in this important election. I would like to thank all of the candidates who have taken the time to offer the voters a choice. Marshalltown is fortunate in ...

Both Parties Trying Even Harder to Defeat Themselves

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Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible — and more assiduously reported by mainstream media — among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have been ...

How many is this now?

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I’ve lost track of the number of prominent men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment in the weeks since The New York Times outed movie producer Harvey Weinstein as an alleged serial offender. Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are among the dozens of women he reportedly ...

His Majesty Anthony Kennedy

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Whenever I write about American democracy, I inevitably get angry letters from people who yell at me that we are a republic, not a democracy. Yes, this is true, but a republic can take numerous forms and the simplest definition of a republic is that it is not a monarchy. A republic is any ...

Rental properties? Baby Step 6

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Dear Dave, I have a rental property that I still owe some money on, and I’ve just begun Baby Step 2 of your plan. Should rental property debt be included in the debt snowball? — Matt Dear Matt, No, it shouldn’t. Baby Step 2 of my plan is where you use the debt snowball to pay off ...

Harvest is a time for caution

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According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. Accidents involving farm vehicles and cars and trucks are one of the reasons the death toll is so high. At all ...

It’s Trump’s Party Now

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“More is now required of us than to put down our thoughts in writing,” declaimed Jeff Flake in his oration against President Trump, just before he announced he will be quitting the Senate. Though he had lifted the title of his August anti-Trump polemic, “Conscience of a Conservative,” ...

An American President and the World

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The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...