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James Perez is leader

I am not a resident of the 71st District Iowa House of Representatives. To the voters in the 71st District, Iowa House of Representatives: over the past several years I have, via a business association, become well acquainted with a resident of Marshalltown and the 71st Iowa House District, ...

Albion Firefighters thank you

The Albion Firefighter’s Foundation Inc. would like to thank those who attended its annual breakfast on Oct. 13 as well as thank the businesses for their past, present and hopeful future support. Businesses of special notation include: The Spot, JBS, Theisens, Jiffy Lube, Old Timer, Taco ...

Build your watchtowers

Throughout the Bible, God suggests that people who have something to protect should build watchtowers. The obvious meaning is there are things in life that need protecting. In Isaiah 5:3 God planted a vineyard (Israel) but it only produced unruly people; that’s not what he intended. This ...

People, not politics

My first impression upon meeting Fred Hubbell during his stop in Marshalltown, was that of a down-to-earth, straightforward businessman who treated others with respect. He was all about rolling up his sleeves, getting down to work and getting the job done on behalf of all Iowans. His goals were ...

Proposed ordinance should allow earlier burning

I disagree with part of the proposed burning ordinance on when burning can be allowed. I think most people in town have enough common sense to know when it is safe to burn and have year round burning. Also the 10 a.m. start time is not good. It should be 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. before any wind may ...

Child Car Safety Seat Event a success!

On Sept. 30, the Marshalltown Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s office hosted their annual Child Car Safety Seat Event at Fareway parking lot. There were five certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians working during the four-hour event. At the end, a total of 72 seats ...

A confession from ‘Hanoi Jane’

I read in the Sept. 23 T-R that Ms. Jane Fonda (“Hanoi Jane”) is starring in a documentary on “her life and men...” Finally, she is going to talk about the men who died because of her activity in North Vietnam during the war years! I’ve been waiting a long time for her confession.

Marshalltown has lost a model citizen

One of the finest men it’s ever been my privilege to know passed away recently and his loss will leave a void in many lives here in Marshalltown. His community service was legendary and his ability to make friends from all walks of life was uncanny. Kevin Lageschulte was a dynamo in many ...

Thanks for support with Buddy Poppies

On July 19, our community was forever changed by the devastating tornado that ripped through part of Marshalltown. During Sept. 13-15 The Veterans of Foreign Wars held its annual Buddy Poppies fundraising event. Thanks to the generosity of the community of Marshalltown, it was a success. As ...

The Golden Rule

Do we not teach our children about the Golden Rule? Recently, I happened to turn on the TV and Jeopardy was on. The question was “What do you call it when you do unto others as you wish them to do unto you?” Most contestants on this show are intelligent or well-educated young people. Not ...

Hypocrisy with tax returns

The latest Kim Reynolds attack ad says Fred Hubbell will not release his tax returns. When will Kim Reynolds attack president Trump for not releasing his tax returns?

Lone Ranger finds sunset

Recently, we lost Senator John McCain. Years back when Senator McCain was running for the presidency, he came to a rally at the MCC campus. After he spoke, he walked through the crowd and I had the opportunity to speak with him for a moment. I asked him if he listened to the “Lone Ranger” ...

Thank you for donations

We want to thank the Marshalltown community for generous donations of money, food and fresh produce after the July 19 tornado. The Marshalltown community has a history of supporting the work of the Emergency Food Box to make it possible to carry out their mission Matthew 25:35 “…for when I ...

Preserving America by seeking the truth

I am a registered political independent. I have supported both Democrats and Republicans alike in an effort to elect the best public servants we can. Like many, I try to be a student of history and current events. I read, I listen, I talk with folks on both sides of the aisle and I tune in to a ...

Able to hear

Many years ago, my grandmother had a unique way of calling her husband. They were from the farmlands of Missouri and she would call, “aw Marvin!” He would never be far from her voice. That worked for them because it was her own distinct way to say, come on home, supper is on or I need you. ...

Reflecting on McCain

I wonder if losses are felt more deeply in a year where one loses someone close. With the passing of my Dad early this year, it seems each loss since is felt more severely, more genuinely, more thoughtfully. Now, reflecting on the passing of Sen. John McCain, the loss to his family and to this ...

Work off old studies for master plan

As I read the story about the Tye Foundation donating $100,000 to funding a downtown master plan study, my thought was, “here we go again.” It is wonderful that we have such funding available for whatever reason, but we tend to forget. I served on the city council many years ago. It was a ...

Many may be suffering from Compassion Fatigue

For the world, July 19, 2018 is just a date on a calendar. But for a specific group of people, in Marshalltown, Iowa, it is not just numerals, but characters that remind us of a specific moment that altered the course of our hometown. This date will be branded in our memories. The EF-3 ...

Helping our youth get back to normal

Can you help our youth return to a sense of “normalcy” after the tornado? Do you have an unused musical instrument in your closet? Could you sponsor a student to play in one of our many sporting or cultural extra-curricular activities? Many families are hurting emotionally and ...