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Food drive a great success

The Emergency Food Box and Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who generously donated to the successful Letter Carriers Food Drive that was held May 13. Marshalltown’s response to this year’s drive was one of the highest — with a final total of 10,338 pounds. We are truly ...

Limit campaign contributions to the district

I disagree with part of Connie Schultz’s article on May 17. I think Rod Blum, or any other elected official, should be able to limit their town halls to only people who live in their district — as long as all their campaign money comes from within that district, too. It’s time to restrict ...

Attacking American Democracy

President Trump announced his appointment of an “Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” to examine allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration in states and across the nation. Vice President Pence will chair the “bi-partisan” panel and Kansas Secretary of State ...

Observing National Police Week

From May 14-20, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 was National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have given their lives in ...

Column proved to be a ‘bright spot’ for reader

Jeff Hutton’s editorial in the May 14 T-R titled “Happy Mother’s Day” was absolutely wonderful. I have read it several times and it means more to me each time I read it. Thank you for adding a bright spot to my Mother’s Day.

No sugar coating it — Trump lies!

What is the best way to describe the actions of King Donald and the Trump White House? It’s obvious that the best description would be the old grade school aphorism “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

‘Bye-bye, Blum!’

I plan to attend the town hall meeting with Rep. Rod Blum Thursday at the Babe Harder gym at MCC at noon. I did not vote for Rep. Blum, and I disagree with nearly every one of his positions. If I get a chance, I plan to ask him a pointed question, and I expect he will give me an answer I ...

We need Sodders back in office

Every year I purchase school supplies for my child. I then purchase class supplies. Every parent does and it seems like its more and more every year. Meanwhile, teachers are spending their own money making up for what the budget is lacking. As a full-time college student, tuition costs and ...

Trump and Little Red Riding Hood

It appears to me, as well as a number of others, that President Trump has been acting as though he is above the law. Very specifically, his ordering an attack upon a sovereign nation, Syria, violates what has become, since the MAGNA CARTA of 1215 (to reference only one of thousands of ...

Answer the question Blum!

Should ask Rod Blum why he walks off instead of answering simple question? KCRG-TV showed Blum unhooking microphone because he was upset off at question he didn't want to answer.

Behind the walls

Once again we find ourselves honoring those who work behind the walls of our county, state and federal institutions. National Correctional Officers Week (May 6-13) gives us an opportunity to say thank you to all those who put their lives on the line each day. It’s a part of law enforcement ...

Finding a solution to the war on drugs

The war on drugs was never a war — it’s a political hoax America. The war on drugs has to come to an end, and this is why it: Society is too close to facing world collapse due to this never-ending war against drugs. Politicians making misleading speeches begging America that we need more ...

Cruelty in healthcare

I believe in order to provide adequate healthcare for every citizen the first consideration should be what is the overall historical human condition of the patient! For instance, adequate prenatal care is essential. Afterward, has the patient had access to proper nutrition, a good environment ...

Mini-golf event a great success

On April 30, the Friends of the Library hosted a first-time Mini-Golf Fun Night inside the Marshalltown Public Library. Activities included a nine-hole miniature golf course, a scavenger hunt meant to acquaint participants with assorted library facts and a candy bar walk. Food was sold and ...

Game night/card party a success

The Marshalltown Lioness greatly appreciates all the generous donations of prizes that helped make our April 28 Family Game Night/Card Party a success. Among the area business who donated prizes were: Applebee’s, Arby’s, Arnold Motor Supply, Ben’s Tire, Brew House, Brown Shoe Fit, ...

Eat beef!

We, the members of the Mid-Iowa Youth Beef Team, take great pride in being one of 40,000 Iowans that enjoy working in the beef industry. The majority of our team are continuing a family legacy in beef production; representing the third, fourth, fifth, and, for some, the sixth generation of ...

Equal protection?

How can the United States have sanctuary cities protecting immigrants from criminal prosecution, but not sanctuary cities protecting American citizens from criminal prosecution? Doesn’t this violate the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee not to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the ...

Need to rethink education assessments

Interesting article about Mark Jacobs forming an organization to help Iowa education. Unfortunately, he makes a false presumption that is holding back significant progress: that Iowa education used to be good. Iowa education cheated for decades to artificially appear good rather than actually ...

Give thanks to and support our veterans

Memorial Poppy Days is May 18-20. This annual event pays tribute to veterans. “Hearts on Fire for Veterans” is American Legion Auxiliary President Sharon Anderson’s theme. It honors veterans of all eras. Dedicated volunteers from the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders will be ...

Park cleanup a total community effort

Last week, Marshalltown came out to show PRIDE in our community. More than 140 residents joined CLEANIAC, to clean 11 parks for a busy season of use. In addition, two elementary schools cleaned up their neighborhoods and other community locations. It is really exciting to see people so ...