Opinion

Steve Sodders has and will continue to work hard for us

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I am highly motivated to our Democratic principles of good government. Big money given by the Koch brothers and other corporate groups takes away the democracy and political rights of our American people. Steve Sodders has improved our economic growth and our educational values and has worked ...

School counselors assist in a variety of ways

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School counselors in the Marshalltown Community School District work with parents, school staff and the community to help all children achieve academic success, as well as, improving personal and social development and career readiness skills. School counselors provide education, prevention and ...

And then Michelle Obama showed up

Columnists

Hillary Clinton's candidacy has sparked endless commentary about her gender and rightly so.She is increasingly likely to be the first female president of the United States. That's a big deal - even if the thought of it makes you curl up into the fetal position, you poor thing.Two other women ...

Hoffman is the well-respected choice

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Some people say you should vote for the man, not the party. And in supporting Steve Hoffman for Marshall County Sheriff, that's what I'm doing because he is the opposite of the man his party chose to represent it at the top of the slate. Steve Hoffman is NOT a bigot, NOT a braggart, NOT a ...

Take a look at Dean Fisher

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With the election coming soon, it's time to look at what candidates have done, not just at what they say. Dean Fisher doesn't just talk fiscal responsibility, he leads by example. He has donated many thousands of dollars back that he does not use from his per diem allowance. What a great idea. ...

Trump: The finest choice

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I applaud Donald Trump and Mike Pence's stirring message of traditional patriotism.The United States should not be defined by its few and uncharacteristic missteps, but instead by its abundant, massive triumphs.America stands tall as an inspirational illustration of the glories free men can ...

Blum does what he says

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Since Rod Blum was elected to Congress just two years ago, he has been busy. Congressman Blum didn't wait around for someone else to lead, he jumped in and immediately started fighting for the things he had campaigned on.A short list of what Congressman Blum has done over the last 22 months ...

Support Fisher on Nov. 8

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I am writing in support of Dean Fisher for Iowa House District 72. I have come to know Dean well over the last few years and I know that he is worthy and capable of this office in many ways that transcend merely partisan politics. He even stood against the Governor when he closed the Iowa ...

Rod Blum deserves another term in Congress

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Most Iowans feel Congress is broken and desperately needs fixing.Talk to just about any voter and they will cite some of these most commonly heard reasons they feel this way - partisanship is at an all-time high and Congress is out of touch with the average person.However, Rod Blum has not only ...

Donald Trump’s victim mentality

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"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" - The Coasters from "Charlie Brown"Donald Trump has a victim mentality.If the term sounds familiar, it's because it has long been the preferred conservative riposte when black people complain of being strangled by housing discrimination, economic ...

Hoffman cares about Marshall County

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I would like to put a letter to the editor in reference of Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman.Deputy Hoffman is running for sheriff and I would like to tell you what type of person Deputy Hoffman is.On Sept. 9, 1979 my Uncle Harry Davis was on duty as a Marshall County Jailer. In the early morning on ...

Price is not right as sheriff

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This letter is concerning the race for Marshall County Sheriff. One of the candidates, Randy Price, claims that he worked for the town of Gilman for seven months. The facts are that Mr. Price was hired as the town police officer on Jan. 19, 2009. On April 13, 2009 the Gilman town council, ...

Raymond has a proven record

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The Marshall County Auditor and Recorder certifies the tax rates for property taxes to be collected in Marshall County. Its very important to have a responsible person with a proven record of following procedures and meeting deadlines. Our current Auditor and Recorder Deanne Raymond has done it ...

Deanne Raymond: True public servant

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Spotting the public servants on the ballot isn't always easy. Fortunately, this year Deanne Raymond for Auditor and Recorder is on your ballot. Deanne is a true public servant, and with her being a colleague of mine in the Marshall County Courthouse, I have a unique opportunity to see how ...

In Thanksgving, come out of the pig pen

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The Bible is full of stories that give meaning to our lives. God's Parables (Spiritual Truth) are often steeped in two or more meanings, one is Spiritual and the other relates to an event. Consider the story of the Prodigal son. An unconcerned, worldly-minded farm-boy, asked his father to give ...

Young, jobless and scared

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Dear Dave,I'm 23, and I lost a good job a few days ago due to layoffs. My wife has been a stay-at-home mom with our 10-month-old daughter, and we have very little in the way of savings. What can we do to keep our heads above water?- SethDear Seth,I'm really sorry you're going through this. I've ...

An Establishment in Panic

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Pressed by moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would accept defeat should Hillary Clinton win the election, Donald Trump replied, "I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense.""That's horrifying," said Clinton, setting off a chain reaction on the post-debate panels with talking ...

The Unanswered Question

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Eleven years ago, the re-elected George W. Bush was president, and Hillary Clinton was both the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from New York and the first spouse of a president in U.S. history to have won election to any public office. In the Senate - by her thorough preparation ...

A vote for Steve Sodders is a vote for Iowa

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I'm a farmer, small business owner, and for all intensive purposes a Republican.Recently, a friend of mine was endorsed by the Iowa Corn Growers Association. Basically, a committee comprised of three Republicans, and three Democrats, objectively looking at each candidate and their alignment ...

We’re in fine shape!

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This season, I have assisted in broadcasting Marshalltown Bobcat football games on KFJB-AM. However, this letter is not about the team's won-lost record, its on-field performance, or even about the football team in general.Oct. 14 was "Senior Night" at MHS. Senior Night was the last time the ...