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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 ...

Community input needed

This letter is in reference to the Phase II proposed changes to our Marshalltown High  School athletic complex. The T-R has published that on Nov. 30 the public is invited to provide input to the Phase II Design Committee.  I urge that people attend to evaluate the current options. I am ...

Start each day with a grateful heart

The holidays bring a sense of gratitude, so I’m offering these four things that I am grateful for in my life. Family. I’m fortunate to have family in Marshalltown. My kids are growing up with family in their every day lives. We also have friends who feel like family. Friends who want to ...

‘Dignity is non-negotiable’

This has been a very difficult and confusing week for so many in our community, with people feeling everything from sad, angry, and confused to scared, betrayed, or accused. In the midst of the pain, there is an overwhelming sense of “Where do we go from here?” I think the beginning of ...

Trump’s strategist is no healer

We are trying to be open minded about the election of Donald Trump. That said, America needs a thoughtful, caring vision to heal divisions in our country. As our Bible teaches “Where there is no vision the people perish.” The appointment of Steve Bannon is an unwise decision. Bannon was ...

Duped by Trump and the GOP

I spent the first 21 years of my life in Marshalltown. In the 1950s, Marshalltown had a thriving middle class with many factories, which provided good paying jobs for the employees. In 1980, California gave us all Ronald Reagan, and one of his early moves was to begin breaking the unions. ...

Let us never forget where we came from

Now that the election is past and we have a new president, I hope we will continue with the great heritage that represents our Country of America. This is be expressed in The New Colossus, imprinted on the plaque when you enter the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The New ...

IVH says ‘thank you’ to CIH

The Iowa Veterans Home is proud to be a member of the Marshalltown community since 1887.  For many years, IVH has relied on access to the local hospital when our residents have needed acute care or hospitalization. I can speak for the three years I’ve been at IVH when I say the partnership ...

Democrats should follow GOP strategy

I think the Republicans got it right and I suggest that Democrats follow their lead.  When Justice Scalia passed away Republicans immediately said, “Obama has the right to nominate someone, and the GOP-controlled Senate has a right to ignore him” and that’s what they did. I think that ...

Don’t screw up

Hillary won the popular vote but Trump will be president. What I like about this election is Republicans are in complete control in Washington, D.C. When the second Bush was president we had 9/11, $4 a gallon gasoline, and he took President Clinton’s surplus and turned it into a huge deficit. ...

Make a difference

I thought I’d share some thoughts, I’ve been reflecting and praying about my community the last few weeks and months during the flurry of political activity. My life goal is “Do something today to better your tomorrow.” I am so thankful my parents taught me what really matters. I ...

God supersedes the polls

We rejoice in a refreshing wind of change from the USA election results. Our nation will be blessed as we receive our Creator’s spirit of obedience to the laws of holiness. Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation was answered, to become a Christian nation again. I Cor.2:5 ... your faith ...

Thank you to the caregivers

My last procedure at CIH went very well. I am very pleased with the care I received at the emergency unit. Thank you to Dr. Wilson and her staff.

Lift up CIH

There always comes a time when it’s time to pull together and rally the troops … well, the time has come to pull together and rally the troops for Central Iowa Healthcare. Education and health care, health care and education. These are the two main drivers of strong, positive, economic ...

Hoffman: A man of character

I have worked with Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman since 2004. He was promoted to third in command in 2005 and became our chief jailer. I was eager to see what he would bring to the table and he far exceeded my expectations! Integrity, honor, dedication, commitment, loyalty are just a few words ...

Edler mailer shameful; re-elect Sodders

Unfortunately, I received a mailer a few weeks ago from the Jeff Edler campaign, calling Steve Sodders “unethical” for wearing his sheriff’s deputy uniform while he was working for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. I know Steve and I know he is proud to wear his uniform. He works ...

Edler is fiscally responsible

We need Jeff Edler in the State Senate to return fiscal responsibility to government and end the spending spree in Des Moines! Jeff Edler is the father of five, a business owner, a family farmer and the former president of Consumers Energy. In all of those roles Jeff has had to balance a ...

Vote for Sodders on Nov. 8

I’m a retired transport officer and reserve deputy for the Marshall County Sheriff Office. I have personally worked with Steve Sodders in both of these capacities. I received a flyer from Jeff Edler blasting Steve for wearing his uniform while he was on duty working for the sheriff’s ...