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Many may be suffering from Compassion Fatigue

For the world, July 19, 2018 is just a date on a calendar. But for a specific group of people, in Marshalltown, Iowa, it is not just numerals, but characters that remind us of a specific moment that altered the course of our hometown. This date will be branded in our memories. The EF-3 ...

Helping our youth get back to normal

Can you help our youth return to a sense of “normalcy” after the tornado? Do you have an unused musical instrument in your closet? Could you sponsor a student to play in one of our many sporting or cultural extra-curricular activities? Many families are hurting emotionally and ...

Reality about business

I want to thank the Times Republican for letting writers like Laura Hollis put their findings in our local paper. Her timely article on “A Business Lesson for Socialists” was very interesting. She said the anti-business thoughts that socialists have made her want to pull her hair out. She ...

Trump does not attack journalism, he attacks fake news

First let me refresh everyone about the Times-Republican’s response on how they refer to the President: i.e. We reference the person’s title (President) in the first paragraph of the article and thereafter as his/her name! Read the T-R’s “Our view” is a case in point — first ...

A man who stood above the crowd

Once in a person’s liftetime someone will come into your life who will stand head and shoulders above the crowd. I knew such a man for 70 plus years. He was a devoted husband, a great dad and a wonderful grandpa. Besides this, he held down a full-time job. Most men would quit at this time, ...

‘Stuff the Bus’ a success

The House of Compassion “Stuff the Bus” school supply distribution was held Aug. 18 and 20 and was a huge success thanks to the community. After the postponement, we weren’t sure all those HoC clients and people affected by the tornado would get the word, but thanks to social media and ...

Mollie was a piece of Iowa

I didn’t know Mollie, but since hearing of her disappearance, I had thought of her every day. I had hoped that she was alive and that she was enduring whatever situation she was possibly in. In Iowa, all the communities tend to blend together, we often joke while driving through small towns, ...

Helping children with trauma from tornado

An issue that I get asked about since the tornado of July 19 is how to help children deal with this event that has occurred in their lives. As a mental health professional, who has headed the children's services at Center Associates in the past, I have had a good deal of experience working with ...

Marshalltown Proud about Marshalltown Strong

My friends and family will verify that I am fond of bragging about quite a few things about Marshalltown, but especially about one thing really stands out: when you have a good idea, and get the right people to promote it, generous contributions will follow. Most recently, it has been ...

Shocked by Marshalltown tornado

I was shocked, even horrified, when I learned my former hometown had been hit by a tornado. Thank God nobody was killed. I understand the old Fantles building, and many others, were destroyed. The loss of the courthouse tower cupola was especially sad. In my new home state of Arizona we worry ...

Thank you from the Red Cross

More than 400 members of the American Red Cross came to Marshalltown in the days after the tornado hit on July 19. Members of the Red Cross here in Iowa were joined by Red Cross staff and volunteers from around the country as we joined many other agencies taking on the massive task of helping ...

Response: How do we achieve ‘trade policy that works?’

The first page of the T-R “Matter of Opinion “ section on Sun. Aug. 5 featured an “Our View” opinion piece entitled “America needs trade policy that works.” After more than a singular reading, I remained aware that the contributors to the article either voluntarily or more probably, ...

Thank you T-R staff for tornado coverage

Speaking for the Marshalltown community, I would like to express gratitude to the entire staff of the Times-Republican, from publisher to circulation, for the outstanding service they have provided during the past weeks. Early on Friday morning, July 20, I was so surprised and pleased to find a ...

MCT is wonderful for youth involvement

In May my daughter auditioned for a part in the Wizard of Oz. From the moment my 11-year-old daughter took the stage to audition, (while I white-knuckled it in my seat, watching) through to the final show, she was shown incredible amounts of patience, constructive criticism spoken to her at ...

MCBD asks for your tax dollars

MCBD - Marshalltown Central Business District petitioned the City Council to give $40,000 in grant money, previously earmarked for facade upgrades, to their organization for “operational expenses.” Operational expenses like wages. The MCBD is a non-profit 501c6 organization, just like the ...

The advance of technology

In the midst of an evening out, our family was talking about horses and how we totally depended on them just one hundred years ago. Those old-time folks walked everywhere they went. I remember a book that I read forty years ago. The author claimed that his facts showed technology changes every ...

Polluters should pay to cleanup water

My family went to Pine Lake State Park for a greatly anticipated weekend of camping, swimming and beach picnics. When we arrived we learned the water was unsafe due to bacterial contamination. How disappointing for the weekend, but how tragic for life! I’m happy to pay taxes to protect ...

Thanks to Central Iowa Fair open class exhibitors

Just over 100 exhibitors of all ages brought over 300 exhibits to the 2018 Central Iowa Fair Open Class competition. We had everything from vegetables to quilts to photographs. We would like to thank all the exhibitors for taking the time to share their talents. The photography division, ...

Appreciates tornado coverage

After the devastating Thurs. July 19 EF-3 tornado hit Marshalltown, the scars will show up for a long time. Marshalltown is a very strong community. It will come back. It will take time. Even though there is a lot of help from around the country, and within Iowa. More help will be on the way. ...

Shopping in Marshalltown

Recently my wife and I had a need for a couple of t-shirts to be stenciled for a bike ride. Younkers had been our “department store” of choice in the past, but no longer, so we went to JC Penny’s. What a very pleasant surprise we had there. The merchandise was abundant, well displayed, ...