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Prince remembered

If you are looking for a weekend getaway, I highly recommend a visit to Chanhassen, Minn. Here, our three-generation fan group enjoyed a well-curated VIP Tour of Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate, home and sanctuary, where he created, produced and performed. I could feel Prince’s ...

Rise Above MS

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. It has seriously impacted my daughter’s life; she has determined to “Rise Above MS.” That is the ...

Reynolds loves Iowa

I would like to comment on Mark Smith’s recent column about our new Gov. Kim Reynolds. I share his feelings on wishing her well in Iowa as our governor to finish Gov. Branstad’s term. While serving as Marshall County Treasurer for 24 years, I served with Kim for half of those years as she ...

Marshalltown needs Target

I wish Target would come to Marshalltown and move into the Kmart spot, even if it means having to relocate the Hy-Vee Drugstore and the Mexican restaurant. Marshalltown is too big for only a Walmart. Either Target or Shopko should move into the Kmart space, but I’d rather see Target move ...

Act like adults

It has been one month since I watched Congressman Blum’s town hall in Marshalltown, and I think most would agree it was extremely rude behavior displayed toward our elected official. At that time, I really thought it was going to be the low point in political theatrics and the discussion ...

Nothing moral about Trump’s budget

If we listen to God’s word in holy scripture, the measure of a national budget for 2018, in our United State of America, and the next decade, is how we treat the ones Jesus calls the “least of these.” The latest analysis suggests that Trump’s budget would cut $193 billion from SNAP ...

Admitting the mistake and correcting it

With the school year over, parents and students are hearing urges to “keep reading,” or keep practicing something to do with education during the summer, but teachers can also use this time to work on how to eliminate teaching methods based on memorization (which they learned in their ...

‘Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way’

The new police body and vehicle cameras are a great idea and I fully support them. My issue is simply that with today’s technological advances, storage of records should NOT be an issue nor a reason to turn these cameras off at any time. Maybe our consultant or our police chief is the ...

Cowboy event a great success

The “Cowboys In The Sky” Sid Roseland Memorial Calf Roping and Steer Wrestling event was held on May 20-21 at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds. Our event brought cowboys to Marshalltown from Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and from many towns in Iowa. ...

Bullying tactics on display

“The Vanishing American Adult” is not just a book; I saw its consequences first-hand at Rep. Blum’s town hall last week in Cedar Falls and Marshalltown. A reasoned discourse and debate? Not hardly. More like hysterical cries of treason and fevered calls for impeachment, encouraged by ...

Compare and contrast

Regarding two of the front page articles in the May 18 edition titled “A lesson from the past” and “Veteran remembers servicing seaplanes.” The contrast between American Bob Ehrhardt’s service to the United States and American Fred Korematsu’s refusal to follow wartime orders ...

Learning to walk again

What joy it is when little children begin to walk. Their legs propel them forward, sideways and even backwards. Gravity pulls them from side to side; sometimes they fall flat. But when they get better, they can change directions and even come to those who call for them. For the rest of their ...

Poppy Days a great success

Thanks again to the community of Marshalltown for their generous support of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days again this year. ALA Unit 46 appreciates the courtesy of Walmart, HyVee and Fareway for allowing our Legion family volunteers to accept donations by the entrances to their ...

Food drive a great success

The Emergency Food Box and Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who generously donated to the successful Letter Carriers Food Drive that was held May 13. Marshalltown’s response to this year’s drive was one of the highest — with a final total of 10,338 pounds. We are truly ...

Limit campaign contributions to the district

I disagree with part of Connie Schultz’s article on May 17. I think Rod Blum, or any other elected official, should be able to limit their town halls to only people who live in their district — as long as all their campaign money comes from within that district, too. It’s time to restrict ...

Attacking American Democracy

President Trump announced his appointment of an “Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” to examine allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration in states and across the nation. Vice President Pence will chair the “bi-partisan” panel and Kansas Secretary of State ...

Observing National Police Week

From May 14-20, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 was National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have given their lives in ...

Column proved to be a ‘bright spot’ for reader

Jeff Hutton’s editorial in the May 14 T-R titled “Happy Mother’s Day” was absolutely wonderful. I have read it several times and it means more to me each time I read it. Thank you for adding a bright spot to my Mother’s Day.

No sugar coating it — Trump lies!

What is the best way to describe the actions of King Donald and the Trump White House? It’s obvious that the best description would be the old grade school aphorism “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

‘Bye-bye, Blum!’

I plan to attend the town hall meeting with Rep. Rod Blum Thursday at the Babe Harder gym at MCC at noon. I did not vote for Rep. Blum, and I disagree with nearly every one of his positions. If I get a chance, I plan to ask him a pointed question, and I expect he will give me an answer I ...