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Republicans, stop trying to ‘fix’ IPERS!

It has been announced that our current Republican-led legislators are going to take on the monstrously challenging job of “fixing” IPERS. We retirees, who paid into IPERS during our working lives, couldn’t be happier because this same group of legislators are the ones who took the ...

Civil War traitors

As a former 8th grade U.S. History teacher, it is distressing to read the misunderstanding of the Civil War events. It was the Confederate states who declared war on the United States by bombarding Ft. Sumter, S.C. in 1861. This act of treason was responded to with the forces of the U.S. ...

Master Park Plan release needs new date and Splash Pad consideration

City of Marshalltown taxpayers are paying $55,830 for Bolton and Menk to complete a survey and Master Park Plan. As was released in the Aug. 17 T-R article “Always Work To Be Done,” they are set to reveal the final results on Sept. 21 from 4-6 P.M. That is the start to Oktemberfest. It is ...

Trump: Leaks and fake news

Many issues bother me about our president. I’ll comment on two: 1. Leaks — Trump complains about Leaks but the President himself recently tweeted out a link to a Fox News report about North Korea that contained what U.S Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said was “classified ...

Hate is here in Iowa

After what has happened in Charlottesville we here in Iowa need to look at our own leadership and those who support them who spread hate and racism. Who am I referring to? Steve King. Need I say more?

We can’t wait any longer

Iowa has more than 10,000 factory farms — more than any other state. These facilities come under fire from animal rights groups, environmentalists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are breeding grounds for diseases and generate 22 billion gallons of manure annually, ...

Protect my retirement

As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president’s budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that ...

Property owner, not us, needs to pay for cleanup

In reference to the cleanup of the Villager apartment site, I’m in total agreement with councilor Lamer. Considering the fire took place over three months ago, it would seem that this is an ample time frame for demolition bids to be obtained and the needed work to be completed. I’m ...

Say cheese!

I want to let the persons that broke into several rental sheds on West High Street that you took a better picture than my driver’s license picture. Guess what? Read the T-R. Businesses are getting smarter. It’s called security cameras. “Say cheese!” Cameras were directly on your faces. ...

A promise never fulfilled

How soon we forget! I am writing this letter in regard to a recent item about the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo. A corporation purchased the museum and is reportedly contemplating changing its name without any consideration to what the memorial represents. That reminds ...

Disappointing results

I’m very disappointed the voters in Marshalltown were fooled by the promise of “property tax relief.” I foresee said savings being negated when our wonderful city council decides to find another way to tax citizens for capital improvements, which are no longer promised. I hope those who ...

A lively place

The 17th Annual Grimes Farm Run … A Walk in the Park was held on the usual second Saturday in July. It was a beautiful morning enjoyed by many families and competitive runners as well. Proceeds of the race will go toward the Leonard Grimes Memorial Amphitheater to begin construction later ...

Vote NO on Aug. 1

On Thursday evening I attended the final “Budgeting 101” public information forum at the library. I learned about the structure of the city budget, but when it came to justifying the change in the local option sales tax, the city administrator and the finance director did a very ...

Vote no on LOST changes

In 2000, citizens of Marshalltown voted for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), allocating 20 percent toward street improvements, storm and sanitary sewer updates. If these dollars are redirected to the general fund for use at the discretion of the council, what will happen to our street ...

Let’s learn from the past so we never experience it again

I am writing to you — the people of Marshalltown and the surrounding areas of State Center, Conrad and Tama-Toledo. Over the past year, those of us as local healthcare providers have struggled with the severe turn of events brought on by an unbelievable financial problem. It came to a ...

A look at the end of life

A cool breeze blew through my open car door as I waited for my wife to complete her weeding of Church flowers. This is a good time to think of stories I want to create. I let ideas flood in, then decide what might be appropriate to write about. Today I thought, why not say something about death ...

Vote NO on LOST reallocation

Vote NO on Aug. 1 to reallocate local option sales tax funds. Consider this — the city wants to take this money away from the streets and sewers updates. The city has spent a bunch of money to “educate” you with “Budgeting 101” classes. They have spent a bunch of money to put a mailer ...

Time for the city and Alliant to listen

In the early 1970s, a local woman sued the city to recover her costs of cutting down diseased elm trees on her terrace. She won! Elm trees on the terrace became the city’s expense. This, of course, was not retroactive for the many homeowners who had already paid out of their ...

A lovely day for all

The 2017 Linn Creek Art Festival was a red letter day for Marshalltown! The three co-chairs, Amber Danielson, Kendra Sorenson and Neil Dalal, did a fabulous job of organizing the biggest ever art festival so that everyone seemed cool and relaxed. As an exhibitor, I was cheerfully greeted by ...

Thank you to these heroes

At about 7:45 a.m. July 14, a woman called 9-1-1 and Marshalltown Police Officer Vern Jefferson came to the southeast pond on Southridge Road. He arrived, put on his gloves and he and the woman rescued a young goose in the water. The goose had fishing line around his wing and throat. Officer ...