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Change needed to protect farmers

We have experienced one month of President Trump being in office. Is it good? I don’t know yet. Time will tell. I’m willing to give him time but hope the outcome will be better than the past four administrations. For agriculture, anything will be better than what we are looking at now. What ...

The difference between the campaign and governance

During the 2016 election campaign, did anyone hear Iowa Republicans propose an end to collective bargaining for teachers and state employees? Did you hear them propose using “big government” to impose a statewide minimum wage rule preventing communities from establishing their own, or ...

A danger to our democracy, the other side

This is in response to the letter to the editor published on Feb. 21. Sometimes I am surprised and other times I am totally and completely at a loss to how others look at the world. Steven Covey in the 7 habits of effective leaders said to “first seek to understand before being understood.” ...

Thank you IVH!

Anyone out there who wants to grumble best not take on the Iowa Veterans Home here in Marshalltown. My Ray, a Korean veteran lived here until he moved to Heaven and now IVH is taking care of me. Perfection or faultless issues are impossible in life because life is run by humans who ...

A danger to our democracy

Donald Trump is a man who is a threat to our democracy. In addition to being a pathological liar, he is a man who is determined to control the media just as Hitler did back in the 1930s. His inane ramblings at press conferences plus his insulting tweets should warn us that this is a man who ...

The uncommon preacher

The acts of anger, vengeance, and public theft by crowds have lived in America for a long time. Do you remember when the republicans did this in the elections that they lost? Oh that’s right, they didn’t! The point I want to make is some folks believe that not every one has a right to an ...

Learn from history

With many ideas being proposed regarding immigration, both legal and illegal, and also refugee admissions, we can learn from leaders who looked at this in past years. First, you may be aware of legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) that would reduce ...

Slow down on collective bargaining

Collective bargaining for public employees currently being considered in the legislature is an extremely complex issue. Both sides of this issue may have some valid points. In order to form an opinion on this matter, a person needs time to research how this will affect roughly 185,000 public ...

SF2 is the wrong answer

I was quite disturbed by many of the statements made by Sen. Edler and Rep. Fisher at the Feb. 3 legislative forum, and I questioned the panel on their support of Senate File 2, the “Defund Planned Parenthood” bill. Portions of my exchange with Rep. Fisher were quoted in the Feb. 4 ...

Marshalltown can be better

I wonder if our city officials see the same things I see as I travel around our beautiful small Midwestern town? Do our mayor and citycouncil members notice the minor blemishes as well as the stunning positives? Do they, in their hearts, have the same love and passion for Marshalltown that many ...

Judicial woes

If the 9th U.S. Circuit Court judges had been adjudicating in December 1941, they probably would had FDR send Japan a card wishing them an enjoyable sea voyage instead of a Declaration Of War.

Gutting Chapter 20 is not leadership

Republicans have proposed HSB 84 and SF 213, and labeled it “A bill to modernize collective bargaining.” The proposed changes will not modernize the law, nor is modernization the real reason for changing this law. Collective bargaining or Chapter 20 was put into place in 1975. Although ...

‘Bait and switch’

I stopped at the new convenience store on Iowa Avenue recently to get gas. I inserted my credit card, swiped my fuel saver card, and when prompted I inserted the nozzle in my tank, and hit the grade of gas that I wanted ... EXCEPT nothing happened, it would NOT allow me to get the grade of gas ...

The time is now

Last Sunday, the members of the Marshalltown Unitarian Fellowship voiced their unanimous support for the following Declaration of Conscience. This commitment to unity of purpose in protecting the values of our democracy and those vulnerable populations among us was developed and distributed by ...

Heartbreaking theft

I was born and raised in Iowa and have always been proud to say that. We were happy to move to Marshalltown in September 2015 for my husband’s new job and to be closer to family in Waterloo. After my husband lost his job at the end of September 2016, we decided to move to the Littleton, ...

Faith and belief

“Plunk, Plunk swish, swish oh what a relief it is.” Most of the older generations know what commercial gave birth to this saying — it was Alka-seltzer. Of course, the meaning was quite evident, this medicine was good to take away the ailments that had been ingested by over-zealous eaters, ...

Thank you Marshall County

The Emergency Food Box Board on behalf of the volunteers and clients says “Thank you” to the Marshall County community for its generous support during 2016. We are awed at the variety of ways individuals, businesses, schools, churches, groups and organizations have supported the Food Box ...

A disturbing expansion

Members of the Iowa Senate have come up with Senate Joint Resolution 2 which proposes an amendment to the Iowa Constitution calling for “The right of an individual to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate ...

No to Rastettera

I have been following Alan Guebert for the past several months in Farm News on the subject of President-elect Trump appointing Bruce Rastetter for the role of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. I strongly oppose this action and I think the following articles are especially important to read on ...

Trump is lying

What do Rachel Maddow and Bernie Sanders have in common? They both called out President-elect Trump for lying! Rachel Maddow on her Jan. 6 MSNBC program said “it was apparent that our new president will flat out lie to us.” Her basis for that statement was Trump’s declaration in a ...