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Proposed cuts will hurt students

I am a fourth-year student from Marshalltown studying International Relations at the University of Iowa. As a Hawkeye, I have received a world-class education in and outside the classroom. I have had the opportunity to work with first-year students as a Resident Assistant in one of the many ...

Another look at DACA

The column in the T-R (“Protecting Dreamers will protect our entire nation”) on Jan. 21 by Chief of Police Tupper had some interesting ideas — one that I could agree with is that it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. He mentioned the “Dreamers” pursuing the American dream. There is ...

Is the city embezzling tax money?

$582,000 was collected from Marshalltown property taxpayers and earmarked specifically for 911 emergency services. Now the city is desperate for money because of a mismanaged budget and wants to use that tax levy for its own use. That appears like embezzlement. Instead of just removing the ...

Young business women doing it the right way

We write today about a group of young business women in Marshalltown who are state licensed Massage Therapists. They practice their profession under rules and regulations of the state of Iowa under Chapter 147 of the Iowa Code. They provide an important natural health public service to our ...

Stand up for what’s right

It’s that time of year again when county supervisors must pass the Master Matrix — a scoring system that supposedly holds factory farms to higher standards. Every January, each county must re-adopt the Master Matrix in order to recommend denial of factory farms. We know the Master Matrix ...

Moral and ethical concerns with Trump tax bill

These are some of my concerns about the new Trump Tax Bill: Public school teachers will no longer receive a tax deduction for when they buy pencils, pens and papers for their students. A corporation that buys pens, pencils and paper for their workers will get a tax break. Real estate taxes ...

Tell the city to stop reaching into our pockets

Property taxpayers in Marshalltown, prepare for an increase in your city property taxes of about $450,000! Finally, our city leaders and city administrator have openly shared that they are trying to deal with a budget deficit with the taxpayers. But their deficit is not $20,000 as they ...

Thank you Jim Lowrance

A big thank you to Jim Lowrance as mayor of Marshalltown. Many good things happened during his tenure — completion of the Alliant project and working with a citizens committee, he and the city council were able to get the bond issue to build the new police/fire station. Since coming to ...

Iowa is not California; Trump won

I was just wondering, are the people of Iowa really just like the people of California? How many people in Iowa would $500,000 for a house that would sell for $75,000 in Iowa? Would we willingly pay the high taxes that the citizens of California do? I think not! As for the people of Minnesota, ...

Hey Republicans: Learn to compromise

The Republicans don’t like that you need 60 votes in Senate to keep the government running. So let’s compromise. Get rid of the 60 votes need in Senate to keep government running, but get rid of the electoral college to choose the president. Remember Hillary got close to 3 million more ...

The growing darkness

nistry, which was started about 1950. Rev. Billy Graham’s message has always been for humans to repent and return to God. His son Franklin’s ministry preaches the same theology, it also produces a monthly magazine called “Decision.” Today’s edition shows an astronaut’s view of the ...

Government hurt farms

If I was running for governor, I would ask “Why is Iowa having budget problems when Iowa farmers produced over 2 billion bushels of corn and over 1 billion bushels of soybeans?” With that much production, Iowa should be awash with cash. It is obvious Gov. Reynolds and legislators seem ...

Thank you Marshall County

The Emergency Food Box Board on behalf of the volunteers and clients says “Thank you” to the Marshall County community for its generous support during 2017. We are awed at the variety of ways individuals, businesses, schools, churches, clubs and many miscellaneous organizations have ...

Exceptions for non-exceptional parents?

Illegal immigration activists insist parents must not be deported because doing so would break-up families. Does this mean U.S. citizens who are parents cannot be incarcerated because doing so would break-up families?

Racist comments

In a meeting to discuss immigration legislation on Jan. 11, President Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “s—-thole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway. White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny these remarks while issuing a ...

Who said this?

Recently I came across a statement made by a politician. I had no idea who that politician was after reading the statement. With debate concerning DACA this seems even timelier. I have heard some say that illegal means illegal. I would agree with that. This country simply cannot take in and ...

United Way reaches goal

The Marshalltown Area United Way is counting our blessings and wishes to say a heartfelt thank you to every individual, family and business who gave so sacrificially this year. Through the generosity of many, many people, the United Way has reached $750,000 or 100 percent of our goal! In light ...

Spirit of giving is alive and well

Of all the things we do at Christmas, the giving of gifts to those less fortunate is one of the most rewarding. When gifts are delivered to children their eyes light up and our hearts become filled with the spirit of Christmas love. This year families signed up in November at the House of ...

Bring on 2018

As we near the end of 2017 I believe that it’s fair to say that Marshalltown is on an uptick and Bobcat Pride is en vogue once again! Yes, that feeling of what we call the Marshalltown Vibe is in the air! There has been much positive momentum on a number of initiatives throughout our ...

Second Ward voters deserve to pick their own candidate

The right of the Second Ward voters to vote for their city government representative has nothing to do with whether an appointed person won an election following his/her appointment to the city council. It also has nothing to do with the parties seeking severance from the city, or the person ...