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‘Sunshine’ tax bills attack solar energy users

Recently bills were introduced in both the Iowa House and Senate that would charge additional fees to those persons, businesses and farms who have installed solar panels to provide a portion of the electricity used in their home or business. We are vehemently opposed to these proposed ...

Knowing keeps us free?

A Feb. 10 commentary by the Times-Republican posited several major themes: that news organizations give you knowledge, that journalists (and through them journalism) make communities better, and, that the future of journalism is in the hands of the consumer. News organizations give you ...

Unsung heroes in tornado

I’d also like to express gratitude and appreciation for the many other unsung heroes that are whipping our town and businesses back into shape these past eight months. Skilled trades professionals: electricians, plumbers, mechanics, IT specialists and construction contractors have performed ...

Farming and caring

As a young fifth generation Iowa family farmer, our family has seen many changes over the past two centuries with agriculture and how livestock is raised. Conservation of our natural resources including water and soil is a top priority not only with our crops, but also livestock. Using the ...

Let’s keep quality education here

I would like to share my experience attending Marshalltown Community College with hopes that you would also share your support in the upcoming bond referendum on April 2. My first experience with MCC came as a child when I was a mini cheerleader at home basketball games, I always thought how ...

Keep local control of fireworks

Disturbing the peace, injuries, fires, as well as spent bottle rockets, buzz bombs and aerial rockets on your roof and in your yard. These are what Iowans get from personal use of fireworks. Explosions start well before the approved holidays, and extend well beyond those same days. Local ...

CAFOs support local economy, not hinder it

In response to Jan McGinnis’ letter to the editor on March 5, I would like to refute one of a number of claims made. Concentrated animal feeding operations have not “decimated” our rural economies. Instead they have helped to keep the family on the farm through economic benefits. For ...

NRA, gun owners protect us

Regarding the published “Our View” of Feb. 17 titled “It could happen here” in which you referred to the one year old tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: It was nothing but biased incomplete space filler that you used to demonized the National Rifle Association (established ...

Changing Iowa’s judicial nomination process: A satire

If there is one thing that unites all Iowans, regardless of age, political affiliation, income, education or religion, it is that we want our judges beholden to a political party. We in Iowa know that the right version of justice cannot be established and maintained if judges won’t abide by ...

Utopianism leads to tyranny

I am compelled to respond to the Steve Corbin opinion piece that appeared in the March 3 edition of the Times-Republican entitled “The Morality Test for Pro-life and Pro-birth.” Typical of his columns, he once again provides readers with misinformation, invalid conclusions and half-truths. ...

There’s a reason new people aren’t coming here

Our taxes have gone up to fund the new police/fire station. IVCCD has a bond vote coming up on April 2 that would raise taxes even more — don’t forget to vote. Alliant has just announced a substantial increase in gas and electric costs. I won’t get more in my social security or my wages ...

Rep. Dean Fisher made the right move

I support Rep. Dean Fisher for his continual commitment to animal agriculture in the rural community and the state of Iowa. We need economic development and we also need our corn fed to livestock. We don’t need H.F. 203 opened up.

Iowa farmers support Rep. Dean Fisher

Agriculture is a vital component of Iowa’s economy, and it follows that policy should serve to protect Iowa’s farms from additional burdens rather than impose further barriers to productivity. One person who is fighting for Iowa Agriculture is Rep. Dean Fisher. Rep. Fisher is standing up ...

Protect our parks and wild places

I am writing this letter in reference to Senate Study Bill 1221. I am sorely disappointed that this bill could even be introduced in our state. Our state has such a small amount of public lands that are open to all Iowans. We need more land for public parks, not less. I have seen our state ...

Let the democratic process work

I was at the capitol last week to support a bill that would put a moratorium on new or expanding factory farms and what I learned was shameful. Rep. Dean Fisher is singlehandedly blocking this bill even though it is his job to assign the bill to a sub-committee. Thousands of Iowans are ...

Rep. Dean Fisher and the proposed moratorium on CAFOs

The preponderance of CAFOs in Iowa has decimated rural economies. Children that live on or near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are more likely to suffer from respiratory illness than children who do not. CAFOs produce far more manure than our land can absorb and the excess manure ends ...

Trump has poor judgement

President Donald Trump and other Republicans call Michael Cohen a liar. So why did Trump have him as his personal lawyer for 10 years? Why has Trump been divorced so many times? Why did Trump pick people like Sessions for his cabinet then fire them? This tells me Trump doesn’t have good ...

Democratic socialism shouldn’t be demonized

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential announcement is scaring President Donald Trump. Why? Because he could win the election in 2020. Bernie Sanders wants to have a fair tax so that corporate giants and wealthy Americans will be paying their fair share. Two years before his death, Martin Luther ...

Moved to tears

Recently I happened to see a program on TV with a nurse who worked in an abortion clinic. She stated that one day she was assisting a doctor who always used ultrasound in doing abortions because it was more accurate. The ultrasound showed at 13 weeks a perfectly formed baby with a strong ...

Spoken words that defile humans

Jesus’ ministry lasted just three short years before he was hung on a cross. But in that teaching-time he was able to tell/show us who God really was and how we needed to become like him. God’s truth is an eternal, uncompromising message for all of us. Jesus had many confrontations with ...