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‘When will the city stop reaching in my pocket for more money?’

The good thing about the 911 commission is that it distributes the costs of the 911 service more uniformly across everyone in the county. Currently everyone pays $1 per phone for the 911 equipment but Marshalltown residents pay 62 percent of the wages and benefits for the staff while the people ...

GOP tax plan doesn’t help; it hurts!

A major premise of the Republican tax plan is that giving more money to the rich will create jobs, help pay the national debt, and make the middle class better off. This is trickle down economics. Over the years, it has resulted in no trickle — not even a drop. Instead, we have a flood of our ...

Listen to veterans; be more transparent

Hoo-rah for Commandant’s Oujiri announcement to not make any changes to the standard of living for the veterans who are residents in Heinz Hall. His comment about it being a rookie mistake this resident asks what about the other not so much rookies in senior management at IVH? Hmmm? I say ...

Ernst is ‘just another tax-and-spend Republican’

I recently received a newsletter from Sen. Ernst regarding the Trump tax cuts and am distressed by both the bill and her comments. First, she cited the Tax Foundation estimate of “middle-income Iowa families receiving roughly $2,600 in after-tax income” as a reason to vote for the ...

Grassley is tone-deaf on the issues

Heard on the news that Chuck Grassley said if you give a tax break to the middle class they will spend that tax break on booze, women and movies, whereas the wealthy will spend the money wisely. What work does Grassley do? 84-year-old Grassley gets more than $100,000 in taxpayers’ money to ...

A tribute to my friend Larry Warnell

First of all, my sincere condolences to Connie and the Warnell family. We all have lost a true loved one, a true friend. Larry Warnell was the perpetual optimist and positive, no nonsense, influence to all he came in contact with. The room always lit up when Larry arrived, with his shaved ...

Taxation without our voice

Recently, a task force created a 28E agreement to have Marshall County’s 911 Commission stand as a separate entity which will have the ability to assess tax on properties for its budgeting needs. I sat on this task force. This seems to be a sound decision on its face but the funding needs to ...

A squirrel that steals

My wife loves to plant flowers and take care of them. At times, they don’t all grow, especially those that are fall-planted bulbs. After checking on the bulbs this spring, some of them did not make it. She just chalked it up to inferior seeds. One fall day. I was helping her with this task, I ...

MEGA-10 making a difference

MEGA-10 was begun 28 years ago and has continued to fund projects through generous contributions from people who live in or have an interest in Marshalltown and desire to contribute to helping Marshalltown strive to be a ‘perfect 10.’ Over the years, MEGA-10 has been a catalyst and ...

Gas price woes in Marshalltown

I see where gas was $2.29 in Grinnell this past Tuesday and Marshalltown still hooked at $2.59. I along with others at coffee wonder if the city leaders and Chamber see anything wrong with that. It’s been that way for years and some of us think maybe a boycott to some of the cartel stations ...

Thank you for the article on Parkinson’s

Thank you to the Times-Republican for the story on Parkinson’s Disease in the November edition of Marshalltimes. Sara Jordan-Heintz did a very good, in-depth coverage of problems associated with the disease. I participate in the boxing training therapy in Grinnell and I heard from several ...

Remove the ‘M’ from the memorial site

I read Joe Latham’s letter to the editor in the Times-Republican about the placement of the “M” inside the fence at the F4 Veterans Memorial site. Joe was absolutely correct in his viewpoint. I was one of the volunteers that helped with the recent clean up and painting of the F4. Those of ...

How about the noxious weed list?

Jim Wares’ Oct. 22 column “Rethinking the Iowa State Flower” spurred some thoughts of our own. His two friends, “Jeff and Nancy,” are not unlike some friends of ours who live in rural Iowa. However, they see it much differently than Jim. Days once filled with peaceful tranquility ...

There they go again!

An old refrain was recently heard again out at the Iowa Veterans Home (IVH). Last week, Commandant Oujiri announced the pending closure of Heinz Hall (HH) in 2018, reduction of veterans at that level by about half, and their relocation to the Sheeler Building where they would share a room in ...

Resist proposed legislation

I was encouraged to read in Sunday’s newspaper about one of our excellent local community service organizations speaking on Compassion at the End of Life. But then I read on. I was horrified! “Most every person has had the experience of watching a loved one slowly die and wish they could ...

Why pardon a turkey?

Miles Tufts Marshalltown President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Mueller investigation starts indicting his associates. This Wednesday, he plans to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys. The other 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have not been so ...

A hearty thank you!

Greg DeSaulniers, chairman Scouting for Food Marshall, Tama and Hardin Counties Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America For the last 27 years the Boy Scouts of America have conducted a community service project here in central Iowa called Scouting for Food. This activity helps stock ...

General thoughts on abortion, gun deaths, kneeling and attention

Don Plahn Marshalltown Definitions: Kneeling — Be in or assume a position in which the body is supported by a knee or the knees as when praying, showing submission, honoring royalty or nobility being knighted or beheaded. Attention — The act or power of carefully thinking about, ...

Support sought for family

Deane Adams Conrad The reason I am writing this letter is that we have a family in our church that’s having a rough fight with cancer. The family is Eugene Ubben’s family. His wife, Darla, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has had many trips to the doctors since then. She has ...

Republican tax cut concerns

The Republican tax plan prohibits teachers from deducting the cost of pens and pencils they purchase for students out of their own pocket yet it allows a multi-billion dollar corporation to deduct pens and pencils they purchase. This, in a nutshell, is representative of the plan. Sen. Lindsey ...