Opinion

What about driveway approach parking?

Your View

As the council members discuss the repair or installation of city sidewalks, please consider a related topic. That is, the common practice of residents parking a vehicle on the driveway approach (apron) instead of using off-street parking. Most vehicles are too large to fit on the approach ...

Deja de Rubio (Hasselmann)

Columnists

Deja de Rubio (Hasselmann) passed away on March 29, 2018, in an auto accident. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Central Christian Church in Marshalltown, Iowa, at 11:00. A public visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5 at Central Christian Church from 5-8 p.m. ...

The Knee-Jerk Liberals Spit At Sinclair

Columnists

Let’s imagine the following statements were part of a public opinion poll. How many people would agree to these assertions? 1. “(W)e’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become ...

Trump and the USPS

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Subscribing to yet another conspiracy theory, President Trump accused the United States Postal Service of charging Amazon lower rates for parcel deliveries than the rates they charge other senders. Is it because the president has turned into a Constitutional scholar and is reflecting on ...

Free speech takes another hit

Columnists

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized, as has the network, for nothing more serious than her tweet: “David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA ... totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” The 17-year-old Hogg, a ...

Could your child be suffering from a mental illness?

Columnists

Help is available Issues around mental health and violence continue to make the news headlines. It’s important to understand the reality of mental health as it is often misunderstood and mischaracterized. For example, the majority of violent crimes and homicides are not committed by people ...

Vote for Sweeney

Your View

We need Annette Sweeney in the Iowa Senate to keep all the progress moving ahead that we have going in the great state of Iowa. We have many of the fronts like education, new mental health programs, clean water programs and being the place to live in Iowa that are in the top 10 in the United ...

Ernst has concerns over tariffs

Our View

America’s economy would be more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are made or grown here. Unfortunately, achieving a positive trade balance overall has been an elusive goal. A long history of unfair trade practices by some ...

Wonder Woman + Me

Columnists

At some point during last Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes. The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, ...

Our Time-Tested Parties Aren’t About to Fall Apart

Columnists

Some days, the Republican Party seems on the verge of splitting up. Its congressional majorities couldn’t produce a health care bill and passed an omnibus spending bill its president regretted signing. Prominent never-Trumpers call for the creation of a new political party. Ohio Gov. John ...

Balancing gun rights with common-sense restrictions

Columnists

So there you are, cowering under your desk. From the hallway, you hear the pop! pop! pop! of gunfire, along with the shrieks of the terrified and moans of the dying. The good guy with a gun? Maybe he’s crouched outside the building. Maybe he’s dead in the break room. Whichever, he’s not ...

The Most Important Weekend in History

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Survey academic historians on the most important events in history and, regardless of their personal beliefs, they inevitably tend to list the execution of a Jewish carpenter some time around 33 AD as one of the most important events. Whether atheist or religious or Muslim or Buddhist, ...

The idealism of youth

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Unfortunately, there are many who think that young people have no right to express their opinions because they do not have real world experience. Fortunately, many of our Revolutionary War leaders spoke up even though they were young. Many heroes like: Deborah Sampson -15, Sybil Ludington ...

Answers sought

Opinion

Many of you may have heard of or read the article by KCCI in which several Marshalltown residents were quoted as objecting to the question on the census form asking about citizenship. The article had quotes by several members of the community including David Barajas Jr. who stated, “Questions ...

Access to my checking account?

Columnists

Dear Dave, Will paying my taxes online give the government electronic access to my checking account? — Ashley Dear Ashley, If you use your checking account, of course they will have the ability to withdraw that money from your account. I believe I know where you’re going with this ...

News from Des Moines

Columnists

This week the activities in the Senate seem to be slowing just a bit. The bills still eligible for debate are either getting signed by the governor, being bounced between the two chambers, or have found a silent place to rest for the remainder of the session. The final priorities will be ...

Does the Pope Believe in Hell?

Columnists

“Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are they ...

Liberal Conscience AWOL?

Columnists

In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, sponsored by the League ...

The brilliance of these shining stars

Columnists

Despite all the grousing and complaining about politics, the current state of the world and what the future might hold, I’m really not worried. In yesterday’s T-R, you met 51 incredible reasons why I’m so confident and at ease if you read our “Leaders of Tomorrow” special ...

Jim Wares: Yaun From Heaven

Columnists

Ilearned our town's latitude is 42.0495° north. This is very, very good news. We just made it by the skin of our teeth with 0.0505 of a degree of latitude to spare. Sometime in the next day or two, though by the time you read this, it could have happened yesterday, the Chinese Tiangong-1 space ...