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America’s New Year resolution

The political climate will change in Iowa and our nation from the November 2016 election. The rise of the Republican Party, led by Donald Trump, will overwhelmingly dictate the future for all Americans. Dictate, akin to dictator, is the key word here when describing him. Never in my lifetime ...

Medicaid nightmare

About 60 percent of the costs of traditional Medicaid come from providing nursing home care and other types of care for the elderly and those with disabilities. The over 30 million poor children now enrolled in Medicaid accounts for 19 percent of the program’s spending. Do we wait to protect ...

Choose a better way in 2017

As the hands of the clock move ever closer to midnight on New Year’s Eve, our society increasingly and unabashedly glamorizes alcohol as a way to “toast in” 2017. Becoming intoxicated is often advertised as the way to feel good, socialize and celebrate. What’s wrong with feeling good ...

Organization celebrates 10 years

“Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development,” according to Reach Out and Read. Young children hear many words by listening to the adults in their lives, but books introduce more and different vocabulary. Unfortunately, not ...

The work of women

At one of my favorite restaurants, I was in a conversation with Ron Wilson. I had writer’s block; not having any story to write about. Ron always has an answer for situations and he is always willing to give you ideas. Most responses are not pertinent but what he said, was very poignant. ...

Generous gift is appreciated

On behalf of Iowa Valley Community College District, I want to issue a public and heartfelt “thank you” to Central Iowa Family Planning. In working through their CIFP clinic closings in Marshalltown and Grinnell last month, the organization chose to gift the Marshalltown Community College ...

Let’s try again!

All of industry’s leadership have been named, that is except for agriculture. How about we start with Carl Wilken from Iowa who suggests “Party Agriculture.” The Democratic administration picked the idea up and they ran with it. It passed just in time to pay for World War II. We are much ...

Keeping in touch

It has been a long time since I moved from Marshalltown and ended up in Show Low, Ariz., but I miss the old hometown. Could it be possible for you to post this and my email address — marcvridenour@gmail.com — so that anyone who may remember me could get in touch and bring me up to ...

Dack was a great commandant

The Iowa Veterans Home has had many commandants since 1887 but Jack Dack has to be rated high on the list. A man of integrity and fairness, he always seemed to know what was the right and proper thing to do. And his mission in his working career was to help out fellow veterans. But just ...

Understanding the election process

A poem recently published in the T-R brought to my attention how many people do not understand our election system and think that our country is a democracy, which is is not. It is a democratic republic and the electoral system was set up to give all states a voice in the election system. You ...

Thank you!

We at the Iowa Veterans Home want to say “thank you” to all the first responder agencies in Marshalltown and Marshall County, as well as the Iowa State Patrol. We are a large facility caring for 530 residents with a staff numbering over 900. We often call on our first responders for ...

Outsider is a welcome change to DC

In the Dec. 6 paper it was announced that Ben Carson was chosen to be President-elect Donald Trump’s HUD secretary. I consider that an excellent choice and so lucky that a man of Ben Carson’s ability would take a job like that for our great nation. As I read further in the story I read what ...

Questions to those who voted for Trump

I have a few questions for those who voted for Donald Trump. Serious questions! Did you vote for abolishing Obamacare knowing its ending would be delayed for three years because Republicans don’t have anything to replace it with? Did you vote to have the Health and Human Services ...

Enough is enough

For years Marshalltown High School and Marshalltown has made it perfectly clear that if you (the youth) didn’t play football or basketball, you were nothing! Then over $15 million was spent to restore the Roundhouse. We could have built a whole new high school for that. The land is right ...

In praise of Jack Dack

Upon picking up my Times-Republican today, I was so very happy to see Representative Mark Smith’s beautiful tribute to Mr. Jack Dack, long-time Commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home who recently passed away. Mr. Dack was the most dedicated public servant and friend of veterans that I have ever ...

No hesitation, I will choose CIH

I recently experienced knee replacement surgery at Central Iowa Healthcare. From registration until dismissal, I can express nothing but total satisfaction for the professional care I received. My family members were made to feel welcome, and were kept informed throughout the procedure. When my ...

Thank you Jack Dack

While I was working on my master’s degree many years ago, I did a placement in the Division of Mental Health of the Iowa Department of Human Services, which dealt with state institutions caring for the vulnerable Iowans. One of the institutions was the Iowa Veterans Home. The directors of ...

Permanent WWII memorial is needed

As I reflect on the past and future I would like to express my appreciation to the Times-Republican for the recognition of my World War II service. The interview reported in the Nov. 17 edition and that of others in the series by the T-R are well appreciated by the veterans and ...

Don’t shortchange Iowa’s educators

Iowa school teachers need to be aware. Republican Rep. Rogers of Cedar Falls has expressed concern about collective bargaining stating that school administrators feel “hampered” by the current collective bargaining statute that results in inflated wages for teachers. I would argue that. ...

Too many unanswered questions on the Roundhouse

You would have thought our school board would have learned a lesson in building community support and trust from the second police/fire department study committee which went out of its way to give the community plenty of opportunity to study the options and listen to input and resulted in a ...