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Don’t blame Republicans

The Times-Republican recently printed a letter to the editor and a guest column I would like to respond to. State Rep. Mark Smith and the letter writer are cut from the same cloth. They both wrote their total dislike for Republicans. The letter writer also says God’s authority is a myth. ...

Student seeks information about Iowa

Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we do state reports and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Iowa as I work on my report. Most of the information that we get for our reports will be from books and websites. ...

AHCA is the wrong health care plan

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are considering a bill that would drive up health care costs for Iowans ages 50- 64 by thousands of dollars a year. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) imposes a double whammy on older consumers who are not yet eligible for Medicare. First, the legislation ...

Class reunion in the works?

I am writing to see if there is an organized effort to plan a 50th anniversary reunion for my MHS Class of 1967. I attended our 30th year event, and it was well-planned and well-attended. A good time was had by all. I would greatly appreciate your publishing this plea for information. If there ...

Better days ahead

As a former CEO of MMSC, I would like to thank the CIH Board for the hard work it has done to keep quality medical services in our community. The prospective purchase of CIH by Unity Point sets the stage for growing medical services in our community and rebuilding our hospital. The past few ...

Unshackled barbarism

What do David Duke, former head of the Ku Klux Klan, President Donald Trump, and Iowa Rep. Steve King have in common? All three want citizens to believe they are the moral voice and stalwart defenders of Western civilization. Is that a hoot or what? Whenever a Republican conservative talks ...

Trump is not trustworthy

I agree with everything the letter writer about Trump’s dishonestly in the March 7 edition. I would like to add a few more things. One day after Trump took office there were thousands of people in cities all over the United States and foreign countries protesting. They must have had a good ...

‘Soup Bowl’ event a success

The Board of the House of Compassion and the executive director, Karen Frohwein, wish to thank all the people who showed their support by attending the “Soup Bowl” fundraiser on Sunday and to St. Henry Church for the use of their facilities. We had a great turnout. There were so many ...

Educational opportunity available

Recently the media has been filled with news about Planned Parenthood funding, abortion, personhood and women’s health. Often pro-life groups have been accused of being against abortion but not concerned about the women. To reach out to women in Marshall County the Pro-life for the Unborn ...

To the moon

President Trump has announced that recently , before any of his staff or family were awake, he had flown to the moon for a breakfast meeting with Moses, Abraham Lincoln, and the Wizard of Oz. When asked about evidence for this trip and meeting, Trump would only say that the evidence was ...

Why do we tolerate Trump’s dishonesty?

The Bible wrote about sin and honesty when Eve ate “fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” All major religions for thousands of years have said that human beings should be honest. Honesty is America’s most valued trait. So what happened in 2017 in the United States of ...

A recipe for disaster

The Insurance Journal has ranked Iowa third in the nation with our current workers’ compensation system. Despite this, lawmakers have proposed an extreme piece of legislation that will among other things make it much more difficult to prove that an injury is work related, allows insurance ...

New hospital leadership needed

I, like many others in the community, are carefully watching the future of our hospital. Everyone would agree that a great hospital is vitally important in this town. My main reason for writing this letter is to thank Drs. Dean Baker and William Wessels for their honest opinion of how we got ...

The special interest fix

The blame game is on, I believe Mark Smith’s recent column shows his hypocrisy. He uses “the fix is in” at least eight times. It’s as though Mark is saying his party has never met privately to conduct business. Yea!!! A couple years ago, Mark’s party denied the Iowa public a chance ...

Invest in quality education

An article published on Jan. 27 in the Times-Republican, entitled "Pre-K opportunities abound in Marshalltown" highlighted the many great opportunities for preschool within the school district. There is no doubt, that our children deserve the best educational opportunities possible, whether it ...

Change needed to protect farmers

We have experienced one month of President Trump being in office. Is it good? I don’t know yet. Time will tell. I’m willing to give him time but hope the outcome will be better than the past four administrations. For agriculture, anything will be better than what we are looking at now. What ...

The difference between the campaign and governance

During the 2016 election campaign, did anyone hear Iowa Republicans propose an end to collective bargaining for teachers and state employees? Did you hear them propose using “big government” to impose a statewide minimum wage rule preventing communities from establishing their own, or ...

A danger to our democracy, the other side

This is in response to the letter to the editor published on Feb. 21. Sometimes I am surprised and other times I am totally and completely at a loss to how others look at the world. Steven Covey in the 7 habits of effective leaders said to “first seek to understand before being understood.” ...

Thank you IVH!

Anyone out there who wants to grumble best not take on the Iowa Veterans Home here in Marshalltown. My Ray, a Korean veteran lived here until he moved to Heaven and now IVH is taking care of me. Perfection or faultless issues are impossible in life because life is run by humans who ...

A danger to our democracy

Donald Trump is a man who is a threat to our democracy. In addition to being a pathological liar, he is a man who is determined to control the media just as Hitler did back in the 1930s. His inane ramblings at press conferences plus his insulting tweets should warn us that this is a man who ...