Opinion

Digusting diaper disposal

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Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about disposable diapers that are not disposed of properly. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Nothing seems to be as disgusting as seeing a used disposable diaper lying in a parking lot, on the ground at a campground or anywhere other than in a trash ...

Lack of action and answers

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I recently went to the council meeting to ask how are nuisance officer was doing. I was told months ago by my councilman when we got him that would take care of the parking of cars in front of houses on grass. My councilman wasn’t at the meeting so I didn’t ask. So far we still got the same ...

City debt information

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Recently a lot of questions regarding the city’s debt and the property tax levy have been raised, and I would like to clarify some of this information. First, before any new debt is issued, Marshalltown citizens either approve the debt by voting or can voice their opinion at the public ...

You get what you vote for

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The prime Democrat candidates for Governor are obviously Mr. Hubbell and Mr. Boulton. We are hearing how terrible Gov. Reynolds administration is performing, every day. The candidates are promising all kinds of actions. They are going to re-instate collective bargaining. Regardless of cost! ...

Proud to call Marshalltown home

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As Marshalltown residents actively engaged in our community, we want to thank the mayor, city administrator, directors of city departments, and city council for their continued hard work and dedication in moving our community forward. For us, community growth and development are important to ...

City council raises taxes

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The Marshalltown City Council members will tell you they kept your property taxes at the same rate as previous years. That is correct. They can pat themselves on their collective back, shake hands and smile for the camera. However, the big picture always provides more information. The city ...

News from Des Moines

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We had another busy week in the Senate. As we move ever closer to the second funnel legislators are busy ensuring priority bills keep afloat in the legislative process. The Senate also passed a bill to improve the safety of Iowa schools. The bill requires all schools have a high-quality ...

From the State Capitol

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Week 9 of the session continued with debating House bills on the floor. This work is at times fast paced as non-controversial bills are brought up and voted on in a matter of minutes. Other times it is slow and tedious as we work through many amendments that are each debated at length. On ...

Future Files

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Corn market pops Corn prices burst higher this week, reaching levels not seen since last summer. Prices have been climbing consistently for almost two months as concerns mount about weather problems in South America affecting the upcoming corn harvest in Brazil and Argentina. On Thursday, ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

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On March 1, our newspaper reported that day was Purim and is celebrated by Jewish communities to “commemorate salvation of Jewish people in ancient Persia from a plot to annihilate them.” Where can I read that story in the Bible? You will find the story of Purim in the Old Testament book ...

Stand up and fight

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I remember an incident in school when a teacher, Mrs. Mary Hardacre, was asked what she would do if someone tried to assault her. She replied, “I’d shoot them with my .38 special.” The room was filled with a silence of the realization of the students that she would do it. This was in the ...

Newborn Woes

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Bringing a newborn home from the hospital is exciting and joyful, but the mental and physical exhaustion can be overwhelming. While these types of emotions can be anticipated, the intensity cannot. This can hold true for new mothers. Psychology Today writes, “One might think that having a ...

‘Like a chicken on a Junebug’

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For months now, taxpayers have been asking the mayor, city council members, and the city administrator to provide an answer as to what their intentions are regarding the soon to be unnecessary, previously levied tax for 911 services. A new E911 commission will implement their own tax levy to ...

Balance and fairness

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Last week Republican lawmakers fast-tracked a tax bill that costs $1 billion annually and sent it over the House. It was approved the Iowa Senate just a week after it was first introduced and Iowans have barely had time to digest the details and understand the real-world impacts. Before the ...

Great care!

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A King, a Potentate, a President would not receive better treatment than I did this past week at our wonderful hospital. From ER to a overnight stay is something that is worth mentioning to the T-R readers of this nice facility. I felt like everyone was deeply concerned for my well being and ...

News from Des Moines

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Week 8 of the session continued with debating House bills on the floor, and we began moving Senate bills that had been sent over through the House committees. Last week, U.S. News and World Report confirmed what I’ve always known — they rated Iowa as the best state in the nation to live. ...

The time is now (encore)

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I appreciate Publisher Schlesinger’s view on school safety. Realistically, can the city hire that many more police officers? The testing, interviewing and selection process can not be done right now as we’d like. The candidates have to graduate from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and then ...

Public should have a say

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Government bodies are not required to allow public comment at open meetings, though many do, and they are allowed to enforce reasonable rules to ensure meetings are orderly. Members of the public are allowed to use cameras and recording devices at open meetings, so long as they aren’t ...

Numbers matter

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Marshalltown city tax ranks 182nd highest of 943 towns (Top 20 percent). Marshalltown school tax rate ranks 23rd highest of 360 districts (Top 7 percent). Marshalltown school ranking (schooldigger.com) is 307th of 312 (Bottom 2 percent). Marshalltown consolidated tax rate ranks 71st ...

After Another Massacre, a Change in Inventory

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Interesting how some conservative pundits, gun zealots and other cynics have tried to dismiss the activism of the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. It’s just a pit stop for these kids, they argue, on the way to the rest of their lives. Even more interesting is ...