Opinion

Voter apathy equals higher taxation

Your View

Marshalltown has more than $40 million in the bank according to the City of Marshalltown Iowa Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Year ending June 30, 2017 on page 49 Note 3 Deposits and Investments. Why do they need to keep the 911 funds and raise our taxes? If our city council would pay ...

Let’s Limit Spending

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Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That’s a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value ...

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.

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Except it’s not really failure. It’s actually unwillingness to communicate, fear of what communication might mean. After all, if you communicate, you might understand some painful truths — and then where would you be? That’s why discussing race with a white person is often one of the ...

I’m a dreamer

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I’m a dreamer. I live in Marshalltown. I’m sure there are others like me here. I dream of getting a good education and maybe a career. I dream of having a vocation and even starting my own business. I dream of getting married and having a family. I dream of contributing to this country, ...

The Practical Side of a Reasonable Compromise

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During President Trump’s State of the Union address, he laid out four pillars he felt were necessary to a compromise on immigration. “The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a ...

News from Des Moines

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This week the bulk of our work was again focused on moving bills through subcommittees on to the full standing committee. In our standing committee meetings this week we voted on the bills that passed through sub committees previously. Here are the subcommittee bills and their respective ...

Patriotism On the Cheap

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For the first two centuries of U.S. history — while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars — the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own individual ...

Boss says get a credit card

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Dear Dave, I recently got a new job that requires monthly expenses of almost $5,000 that are reimbursed. I can’t swing that kind of money right now, and my company told me to get a credit card to cover things. I’m trying to get out of debt, and I don’t like this idea. What should I ...

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS
These images are just a few examples of what some of the new ballistic protective equipment might look like for members of Marshall County’s First Responders. Members of the Advocates of Marshall County Rescue Personnel are in the midst of a campaign to raise at least $100,000 for the purchase of vests and helmets that law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs will be able to wear during emergency situations.

‘We just want everyone to come home’

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We know that First Responders are there to protect us. But what can we do to help protect them? That’s at the core of a new initiative that is seeking the funding that will help to purchase new ballistic protective equipment (BPE) for law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs throughout ...

Meet the Epicurean Dog

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I learned I like dogs. Her Royal Highness Princess Wife … she's not a big fan of man's best friend … but she likes cats. It's not so much that she dislikes dogs but that she doesn't understand them. Like every other human being, she fears what she doesn't understand. Dogs exhibit one ...

That’s what I call atomic tough

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I­’m an unabashed connoisseur of “As Seen on TV” products. This started when I was a child and saw a scratch remover product on TV that looked like magic with the way it seemed to fill in vehicle scratches and polish them to look like new. I knew my father had a sixth sense when it came ...

Taste of Central Iowa

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Sweet treats If you, like me, are tired of winter I have the best solution – let’s eat treats! Ultimate Coffee Cake 16 to 18 unbaked frozen dinner rolls 1 (3-ounce) package butterscotch pudding mix, not instant 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed 1/2 c. pecans, chopped 1 stick 1/2 ...

Making life better

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Dear Readers; Today’s SOUND ON is about nursing homes. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: My father is in a nursing home and needs around-the-clock care. The nursing staff takes excellent care of him and provides the cheer and warmth I wish I could provide but can’t since I’m ...

News from Des Moines

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This week the House Republicans released our plan for a comprehensive school finance package. Since 2011 the Iowa legislature has become a leader in K-12 funding, increasing school funding by $735 million over that period. This represents roughly $1,000 per student, or $25,000 for a class of 25 ...

Can a Bad Man Be a Good President?

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This week, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe — a man who certainly should have stepped down months ago — finally resigned from his active role at the agency. McCabe had been under President Trump’s fire for months given his failure to recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton email ...

A familiar route to impeachment

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Donald Trump certainly is no Richard Nixon, but his strategy to avoid possible impeachment is beginning to look more and more like the one that failed to avoid Nixon’s ouster in the Watergate scandal of more than 43 years ago. The surprise decision of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to ...

Future Files

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Wheat market rises Wheat prices exploded higher this week as concerns mounted about dry conditions in the southern Great Plains. The hard red winter wheat crop in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas is in increasingly dire straits, with only 14 percent in good or excellent condition, according to a ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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I read that Feb. 3 marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the S.S Dorchester. What was so significant about that? I was only five and a half years old in February 1943 when my grandmother related to me this particular news; the sinking of the S.S. Dorchester with the four chaplains ...

Husband and wife become enemies in times of conflict

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Q: My wife and I don’t argue often. But when we do, it feels like we actually become enemies. That bothers both of us. We’re struggling to get past this; do you have any advice? Jim: Conflict in marriage can often make you feel like you’re pitted against each other when you ought to ...

The state of president trump

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President Trump’s first State of the Union address set a new standard. For himself. If he lives up to that standard in future speeches, he may go far in changing his image from a blustering, ad-libbing “entertainer,” to someone who looks and sounds, shall I say it, more ...