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We can disagree, but we can still work together

The opinion pages of the T-R have had an ongoing discussion about unity and diversity. We need unity if we are to remain the United States of America. The word diversity to many people only applies to ethnicity, race and culture. Diversity of opinion is also needed. A recent comic strip ...

‘As if the money were his and not yours’

I found reading Rep. Mark Smith’s column of April 20 quite interesting, in a laughable sort of way. Rep. Smith bemoans the fiscal irresponsibility of the current GOP controlled legislature because their conservative budgets exceeded the revenue forecasts provided by the nonpartisan Iowa ...

Forty-five years of delightful luncheons

I would like to extend an invitation to all to join us in celebrating the spring season with food, fun, and fellowship at the 45th annual salad luncheon sponsored by the Methodist Women and First United Methodist Church on 2nd and Main in Marshalltown, on Thursday, April 26. Lunch is served ...

A funny thing?

It’s a funny thing. Try to protect your home, you’re labeled. Expect to breath clean air, you’re labeled. Want a clean lake to take your kids to, you’re labeled. Fight for your rights, someone calls you names, someone “warns” you about what you’re doing. Ask your legislators for ...

I don’t need diversity

Sal Wright Marshalltown, Iowa, USA I don't need diversity. I don't need to live in a nation so blessed, so admired, so many others wish to come here to live and work beside me. I don't need to live in a nation so gracious, welcoming, reflecting the heart of God. I don't need to live in a ...

Should we ‘elevate the conversation?’ Let’s not, Jeff

The modern day definition of diversity in my opinion is chaos. Diversity is a rallying cry for groups that want all the benefits of America, but don’t want to be American or assimilate into the American culture. The very culture that they ran from, and could not change at home, they bring ...

Saluting school board members

The Marshalltown Community School District will join public education systems throughout the state to salute their local school board members and celebrate public education during Iowa’s annual School Board Recognition Month in May. The commemorative month is designed to recognize the ...

Something to be proud of

Did you know that Marshalltown is home of the 3X National Power Tumbling Team? That is something Marshalltown should be proud of! MAT Tumbling and Trampoline is a tumbling/trampoline gym that coaches area youth the sport of power tumbling and trampoline as they travel around the state competing ...

Thank you Jim Wares

I’ll come right to my point here: Jim Wares is a treasure. When he began occasionally writing whimsical columns for the T-R, I found that I enjoyed his subtle tongue-in-cheek humor. But when he took on the role of providing commentary in the Sunday edition, the depth of his wit and insight ...

A letter of thanks

I would like to take a moment to send thanks to the supporters of my special election campaign for Iowa’s 25th Senate District. While the results didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, we will do everything possible to change that fact in November. The level of excitement for the April 10 ...

An enormous thank you

A big thank you to the 40+ volunteers and four employees of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department who participated in the clean-up of the Iowa River Trail corridor The event, organized by Charlie Smith, was a great success. The enormity of the volume of debris that was removed can be ...

Rethink food consumption for Earth Day

With the 50th observance of Earth Day on April 22, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals. Yes, that. Last Fall Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany’s Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded ...

Celebrate!

As Albert Einstein said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” How true! You can learn, discover, connect, be entertained and so much more at our library. Help me in celebrating National Library Week (April 8-14) by thanking our wonderful staff ...

Fiscal responsibility

We are so fortunate in Marshall County to have a Board of Supervisors and all county employees who dedicate themselves to making our county a wonderful place to live, raise our families and enjoy our employment. Thank you so much! Our local county government is truly run like a private ...

Video is a concern

On March 28, a video was made by Todd Magel with KCCI concerning Marshalltown and the upcoming new census. In this video, David Barajas, the chief executive officer of the Marshalltown Regional Partnership is interviewed. Mr. Barajas expresses a concern about the Trump administration's proposed ...

A question of citizenship

John Worden Green Mountain Regarding both the printed and KCCI interview responses to the citizenship question on the next U.S. census. Apparently the chamber CEO believes he is speaking for and representing all the chamber members and immigrants. The fact is that all the chamber ...

Thank you David Barajas!

I love Marshalltown. There are many great things about our community. Our greatest resources are the people who live and work here. We have much to celebrate. Our diversity of culture is a strength. Our diversity of opinion and thought also serves us well as a community. Sometimes we don’t ...

What about driveway approach parking?

As the council members discuss the repair or installation of city sidewalks, please consider a related topic. That is, the common practice of residents parking a vehicle on the driveway approach (apron) instead of using off-street parking. Most vehicles are too large to fit on the approach ...

Trump and the USPS

Subscribing to yet another conspiracy theory, President Trump accused the United States Postal Service of charging Amazon lower rates for parcel deliveries than the rates they charge other senders. Is it because the president has turned into a Constitutional scholar and is reflecting on ...

Vote for Sweeney

We need Annette Sweeney in the Iowa Senate to keep all the progress moving ahead that we have going in the great state of Iowa. We have many of the fronts like education, new mental health programs, clean water programs and being the place to live in Iowa that are in the top 10 in the United ...