Opinion

The Seal of Biliteracy is an honor worth celebrating

Columnists

Marshalltown Community School District (MCSD) will offer the Seal of Biliteracy to eligible graduates earning this distinction beginning with the Class of 2019. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a public school district to recognize students who have attained proficiency in two or ...

A Christmas story

Columnists

“I’m a good Christian. If I become president, we’re going to be saying ‘merry Christmas’ at every store.” — Donald Trump, December 2015 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. ... Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth ...

American fertility headed to all-time low

Columnists

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3,853,472. That’s an 11 percent decline, in a nation whose population has nearly doubled over those six decades. And though there are a few days left in 2018, the number for this year is sure ...

Dear Dietitian

Columnists

Dear Readers, The holiday season is upon us. It’s times of glad tidings, holiday parties and family gatherings. When we gather to celebrate, there is often food available that we don’t normally eat. It’s great food, and why not partake, it’s the holidays‚we’re supposed to eat ...

Most wasted of all days: One without laughter

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Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” For example, then-presidential nominee George W. Bush garbled in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2000, “Families is where our nation finds ...

Will Trump hold firm on Syrian pullout?

Columnists

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there,” wrote President Donald Trump, as he ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Syria, stunning the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Trump overruled his secretaries of state and defense, and jolted this city and ...

News Year’s resolutions for 2019

Columnists

Yes, you read the headline correctly. No, it isn’t a typo. As you form your New Year’s resolutions, think about how you get your news — a News Year’s resolution if you will (audience laughs) — and how you might improve it. Puns aside, being an avid news consumer not only helps you ...

Mince Meat

Columnists

A former Marshalltown resident, Sister Sheila Geraghty, sent me an old recipe she found for Mince Meat. The key to this recipe is to use the same bowl for measuring the ingredients. Mince Meat 1 bowl ground beef cooked 3 bowls apples ground 1 bowl suit ground 1 bowl raisins 1 c. ...

There’s no such thing as settled science

Your View

I have been an avid reader during most of my 73 years, mainly to determine the truth both locally as well as nationally and internationally. Since I was born and raised three miles from the Marshall County courthouse, I have included the Times-Republican in my daily reading since day one. I ...

Where is the outrage, Marshalltown?

Our View

Now is not the time to be apathetic about our taxpayer dollars. A report from the State Auditor’s Office on Marshalltown Schools shows a more than $645,000 hit after a former district employee failed to perform job duties. News that a school employee failed to make payroll tax deposits in ...

White churches have moral responsibility to stand up

Columnists

In 2019, we will commemorate 400 years since the first 20 slaves were transported by ship from Africa by white slave traders and landed in Jamestown, Va. Now four centuries later, race still remains a central dividing line. Today, for example, the racial wealth gap exposes a stark difference. ...

Humans are called to be stewards of creation

Your View

Thank you for publishing your bold editorial drawing a clear line between weather-related disasters such as Marshalltown’s July 19 tornado and the growing evidence of human-caused global warming. Exactly 50 years ago, in December 1968, at the end of a very troubled year, and during the Cold ...

Maybe Trump can’t win in 2020, but Democrats can lose

Columnists

Donald Trump probably can’t win the 2020 presidential election, but the Democrats can lose it. What I mean is that in a contest between Trump and a generic Democrat, Trump would almost surely lose if the current political climate holds through 2020. According to a Fox News poll this week, ...

National Climate Assessment is political, not scientific

Your View

Concerning the TR’s Sunday Our View story printed Dec. 16, 2018, I’m dismayed that more investigation into the subject of climate change was not done before just taking the report’s scare tactic scenarios and repeating them. This does a disservice to your readers. And trying to equate a ...

Truth about our Pinocchio-in-Chief

Columnists

As each day of President Donald Trump’s time in office continues, the number of false and misleading claims keeps rising. If this pattern of moral decay continues, the legacy of our 45th president will not be measured by his administration’s accomplishments but in his inability to tell the ...

Need to work with other countries on global warming

Your View

My concern is why a coal miner was appointed to take charge of working in the Environmental Protection Agency. Coal is the worst environmental hazard when it comes to global warming. I was happy to see the Times-Republican printing an Our View column on global warming in our newspaper on Dec. ...

Frosty family photos

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“I can’t take the picture if you’re crying.” Every parent who has ever attempted professional family photos has probably heard that sentence uttered. But when the photographer said it, she was talking to me. My children had long gone inside the house. The freezing temperature ...

Odds of ice age greater than continued warming

Your View

Did the T-R Editorial Board drink Kool Aid before publishing the Dec. 16 article connecting global warming with the July 19 tornado? Individual weather events have been totally discounted as being a result of global warming. This is even admitted by global warming fear mongers. There are ...

A letter from the Grinch who has had enough

Columnists

Don’t expect a greeting. I’m the Grinch, after all. I have a reputation to maintain. First of all, that slanderous movie came out in 1966. I’ve been putting up with this for 52 years and I think I’ve had just about enough. While admittedly a catchy tune, this song is a train wreck ...

Santas change a flat tire

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My wife and I met two Santa Clauses on Dec. 10 at State and Third Street. We had a flat tire and I had a can of blow out to see if it would work. As we were trying to get it to work, a young man stopped and wanted to help. As we were working on that, another car stopped and said he would go ...