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How far will you go?

Republicans who don’t believe in gun control. Why don’t you go to a Trump event with AR-15 rifle like the 19-year-old used to kill students in Florida? I want to see how far you get.

A trail of total destruction

I had to chuckle over the comments by columnists Ben Shapiro, Pat Buchanan and Federalist commentator Frank Cannon. Shapiro’s Feb. 3 Times-Republican column “Can a Bad Man be a good Leader” claimed Trump was like the historic figure Machiavelli who articulated that a good leader could ...

How do we get out of this mess?

Here we are at the 11th hour in Marshalltown’s budgeting process for the fiscal year to begin in July. City Administrator Jessica Kinser has given her response to statements and questions about the change in E911 taxation and expenditure. She discusses items that are important: Planning for ...

Thank you Marshalltown area

YOU KEPT THEM ROLLING! On behalf of the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown Foundation Board we would like to thank all the area residents who jumped in with financial donations to the Lights & Sirens: Keep them Rolling! fundraising campaign supporting the purchase of not one, but two new ...

The cold hard truth

Mark Eaton Marshalltown On Feb 13, the city of Marshalltown posted their position statement on the property tax rate for FY2019. While three county supervisors and their staff have been able to eliminate county debt, reduce property taxes to offset the new tax for the 911 Commission AND ...

Answer the questions!

Marshalltown city is one step closer to finalizing their budget for the next fiscal year. I have repeatedly asked that the city no longer levy the $582,000 in their city budget since that will in the future be collected by the new E911 commission tax levy. Maybe I have not been clear in my ...

‘Have you no sense of decency?’

I find myself asking President Trump and Republicans the same question that Joseph Welch asked Sen. Joe McCarthy during the Army/McCarthy hearings in 1954: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” President Trump questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and ...

Box Tops support students

We applaud your support of our schools! We’d like to bring awareness to an opportunity to help raise funds for elementary schools called Box Tops for Education. If you buy General Mills products, we ask you to cut out the pink Box Top on it. Each neatly clipped Box Top earns 10 cents for the ...

Fundraising effort a great success

On behalf of Noah’s Love Fundraiser, we would like to thank all of our sponsors, all who donated items for our silent auction, money and food donated. Mandy at Spanky’s for preparing and smoking the delicious pork. Tama County Pork Producers for donating pork. Joshua Latting at joshua.music ...

Voter apathy equals higher taxation

Marshalltown has more than $40 million in the bank according to the City of Marshalltown Iowa Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Year ending June 30, 2017 on page 49 Note 3 Deposits and Investments. Why do they need to keep the 911 funds and raise our taxes? If our city council would pay ...

I’m a dreamer

I’m a dreamer. I live in Marshalltown. I’m sure there are others like me here. I dream of getting a good education and maybe a career. I dream of having a vocation and even starting my own business. I dream of getting married and having a family. I dream of contributing to this country, ...

There’s great honest people in Marshalltown

I lost my billfold last week as I was coming out of Hy Vee in the under 10 items line and I was rushing so I put my billfold in my flimsy jacket pocket to avoid holding up the line. I took my bag and headed to my vehicle and went straight home where I discovered that my billfold was missing. I ...

Proposed cuts will hurt students

I am a fourth-year student from Marshalltown studying International Relations at the University of Iowa. As a Hawkeye, I have received a world-class education in and outside the classroom. I have had the opportunity to work with first-year students as a Resident Assistant in one of the many ...

Another look at DACA

The column in the T-R (“Protecting Dreamers will protect our entire nation”) on Jan. 21 by Chief of Police Tupper had some interesting ideas — one that I could agree with is that it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. He mentioned the “Dreamers” pursuing the American dream. There is ...

Is the city embezzling tax money?

$582,000 was collected from Marshalltown property taxpayers and earmarked specifically for 911 emergency services. Now the city is desperate for money because of a mismanaged budget and wants to use that tax levy for its own use. That appears like embezzlement. Instead of just removing the ...

Young business women doing it the right way

We write today about a group of young business women in Marshalltown who are state licensed Massage Therapists. They practice their profession under rules and regulations of the state of Iowa under Chapter 147 of the Iowa Code. They provide an important natural health public service to our ...

Stand up for what’s right

It’s that time of year again when county supervisors must pass the Master Matrix — a scoring system that supposedly holds factory farms to higher standards. Every January, each county must re-adopt the Master Matrix in order to recommend denial of factory farms. We know the Master Matrix ...

Moral and ethical concerns with Trump tax bill

These are some of my concerns about the new Trump Tax Bill: Public school teachers will no longer receive a tax deduction for when they buy pencils, pens and papers for their students. A corporation that buys pens, pencils and paper for their workers will get a tax break. Real estate taxes ...

Tell the city to stop reaching into our pockets

Property taxpayers in Marshalltown, prepare for an increase in your city property taxes of about $450,000! Finally, our city leaders and city administrator have openly shared that they are trying to deal with a budget deficit with the taxpayers. But their deficit is not $20,000 as they ...