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CAFOs support local economy, not hinder it

In response to Jan McGinnis’ letter to the editor on March 5, I would like to refute one of a number of claims made. Concentrated animal feeding operations have not “decimated” our rural economies. Instead they have helped to keep the family on the farm through economic benefits. For ...

NRA, gun owners protect us

Regarding the published “Our View” of Feb. 17 titled “It could happen here” in which you referred to the one year old tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: It was nothing but biased incomplete space filler that you used to demonized the National Rifle Association (established ...

Changing Iowa’s judicial nomination process: A satire

If there is one thing that unites all Iowans, regardless of age, political affiliation, income, education or religion, it is that we want our judges beholden to a political party. We in Iowa know that the right version of justice cannot be established and maintained if judges won’t abide by ...

Utopianism leads to tyranny

I am compelled to respond to the Steve Corbin opinion piece that appeared in the March 3 edition of the Times-Republican entitled “The Morality Test for Pro-life and Pro-birth.” Typical of his columns, he once again provides readers with misinformation, invalid conclusions and half-truths. ...

There’s a reason new people aren’t coming here

Our taxes have gone up to fund the new police/fire station. IVCCD has a bond vote coming up on April 2 that would raise taxes even more — don’t forget to vote. Alliant has just announced a substantial increase in gas and electric costs. I won’t get more in my social security or my wages ...

Rep. Dean Fisher made the right move

I support Rep. Dean Fisher for his continual commitment to animal agriculture in the rural community and the state of Iowa. We need economic development and we also need our corn fed to livestock. We don’t need H.F. 203 opened up.

Iowa farmers support Rep. Dean Fisher

Agriculture is a vital component of Iowa’s economy, and it follows that policy should serve to protect Iowa’s farms from additional burdens rather than impose further barriers to productivity. One person who is fighting for Iowa Agriculture is Rep. Dean Fisher. Rep. Fisher is standing up ...

Protect our parks and wild places

I am writing this letter in reference to Senate Study Bill 1221. I am sorely disappointed that this bill could even be introduced in our state. Our state has such a small amount of public lands that are open to all Iowans. We need more land for public parks, not less. I have seen our state ...

Let the democratic process work

I was at the capitol last week to support a bill that would put a moratorium on new or expanding factory farms and what I learned was shameful. Rep. Dean Fisher is singlehandedly blocking this bill even though it is his job to assign the bill to a sub-committee. Thousands of Iowans are ...

Rep. Dean Fisher and the proposed moratorium on CAFOs

The preponderance of CAFOs in Iowa has decimated rural economies. Children that live on or near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are more likely to suffer from respiratory illness than children who do not. CAFOs produce far more manure than our land can absorb and the excess manure ends ...

Trump has poor judgement

President Donald Trump and other Republicans call Michael Cohen a liar. So why did Trump have him as his personal lawyer for 10 years? Why has Trump been divorced so many times? Why did Trump pick people like Sessions for his cabinet then fire them? This tells me Trump doesn’t have good ...

Democratic socialism shouldn’t be demonized

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential announcement is scaring President Donald Trump. Why? Because he could win the election in 2020. Bernie Sanders wants to have a fair tax so that corporate giants and wealthy Americans will be paying their fair share. Two years before his death, Martin Luther ...

Moved to tears

Recently I happened to see a program on TV with a nurse who worked in an abortion clinic. She stated that one day she was assisting a doctor who always used ultrasound in doing abortions because it was more accurate. The ultrasound showed at 13 weeks a perfectly formed baby with a strong ...

Spoken words that defile humans

Jesus’ ministry lasted just three short years before he was hung on a cross. But in that teaching-time he was able to tell/show us who God really was and how we needed to become like him. God’s truth is an eternal, uncompromising message for all of us. Jesus had many confrontations with ...

How did $600K in IRS fines happen?

I have been waiting to follow other taxpayers on the audit of Marshalltown Schools on error of payroll taxes, but I haven’t read any more on the penalties the IRS imposed for payroll taxes not paid in a timely manner. How could this happen over that long and no one noticed? This person was ...

Insurance changes could drive away quality teachers

wn school board discussed approving insurance plans which will drastically affect the majority of employees in the district. The plans will affect teachers, staff, retirees and para educators. The majority of employees will see deductibles double, if not go up by thousands of dollars. Co-pays, ...

District should seek input from MEA on insurance changes

The Marshalltown Education Association appreciates the coverage of last week’s school board meeting which focused on health insurance for teachers and other school employees. However, the article stated that Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Theron Schutte said district administration and ...

Thank you for speaking frankly about tragedy

Regarding the ‘Guest column: Sometimes tragedy happens and no one is to blame’ from Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper — thank you. Thank you for having courage to speak frankly to us about the Brown family tragedy. Thank you for directly confronting the pain of this reality with ...

Be kind and treat others with respect

People say that suicides are on the increase, they say there is one cause. Here is another reason — people should have more compassion, understanding, acceptance for others, listen to what people say and pay attention to what you hear and don’t believe everything. There are two sides to ...

Let us start honoring the truth

I would not rise up in support of abortion, but I will rise up in support of the truth. Last Sunday on TV an untruth was stated and I, at first believed it and it made me ill — and even at age 91 was ready to march to Washington D.C. in protest. It was stated New York voted a mother could ...