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Health care in America

While living in the southwest for decades, I often joined a swarm of many American snowbirds (people from northern states who came down south during winter months) who would routinely cross the Mexican border to get quick, efficient, and very good health care at a very affordable price, ...

Join us for The Life Chain

Once a year there has been The Life Chain, a prayer vigil in support of life, on the first Sunday in October on Center Street. A small group of dedicated citizens stand on the sidewalk along Center Street from Olive Street north praying for the end of abortion. There are usually less than 100 ...

Understanding the severance issue

I have been asked many times in the past couple weeks why the people south of town want to sever from the city. The council person that indicated to the T-R that she doesn’t have city sewer and several people on the south side of Lincolnway doesn’t have city sewer, seems to have misled the ...

Another healthcare bill that hurts Americans

Here they go again! Republicans are going to make one more run at taking away healthcare for about 30 million Americans. I apologize for lack of specifics but Republicans, again, don’t want us to know what they are up to until they’ve done it to us. Call Grassley and Ernst’s offices and ...

Letter writer was right on track

I want to commend Bill Denison for the clear, concise message in his letter to the editor in the Sept. 13 T-R. I agree with his message. If we take time to look, listen and get to know our neighbors, we will find that we have so much in common. We have the same aspirations and goals in life and ...

Breast cancer screenings are important

Breast cancer ... a very scary set of words. There has been a lot of controversy lately on the benefits of mammography and talk about changing the recommendations. Patients would like the facts or odds about getting breast cancer. Here are some simple facts about breast cancer. Three-fourths of ...

Food for thought

As I understand it, wild deer spread mad cow disease. I want nothing to do with eating any deer meat. It had a different name depending if it is cows, sheep or humans. It is a forward bending prion and not a bacteria-virus. It is only killed by high heat. It was brought from an island near ...

West End kudos

This past Wednesday evening the 13th street improvement committee scheduled another great evening for the improving West End district. The Farmers market, a few new businesses and those already established businesses enjoyed a robust crowd. All ages were in attendance and were treated to great ...

Questions for the congressman

I’m responding to Congressman Rod Blum’s TV ad. If people hate paying taxes, why on school board election day did the news report a lot of expensive school bond issues in Iowa having passed? These bond issues needed 60 percent of voter approval to pass. Rod, should we go back to the ...

Just listen

A few years back I was taking care of my mom having to drive a 70-mile round trip just to check on her. I ended up buying a home just a 100 yards or so from her house, the house I grew up in. My yard now was the same yard I played baseball in as a child. People from my neighborhood over the ...

Share your time and talents

Fall is in the air, along with the fresh start of a new school year. What about a fresh start for yourself, putting your talents to use in new ways? I have found volunteering at the Iowa Veterans Home, or IVH, to be a great outlet for your talents. Staff and residents alike reach out to you ...

Thank you UnityPoint

Recently I spent five days in the UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown hospital. I want to tell you I had the best care there. All the staff was kind to me, always explained things to me, they always came when I called. I want to thank of them, from the P.A.s, nurses, techs, cleanings people, the ...

‘Drain the pond’

First of all I must confess, a letter was recently printed in the “opinion” section of the T-R. I personally found it to be disturbing and something I totally disagreed with. I do, however, commend the T-R for promoting a diversity of opinion. A council member took offense and felt it ...

Proud to be in the community

Iowa River Hospice is proud to have served this area since 1983. It is truly an honor to serve patients and families at such a critical and tender time of life. Next year we will celebrate 35 years of dedication to this community and it to us. You see our goals of care are determined by our ...

Sign up for a library card today

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to everyone that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning. A library card is a ticket to free educational ...

Protect working people

On Labor Day, we honor the achievements of America’s working people. This celebration comes at a critical time. Collective action is on the rise — yet so are the attacks on pay, health care, retirement security and rights on the job. In Iowa, those attacks were magnified. The freedom to ...

Support Greer for mayor

I was very pleased to read that current City Councilman Joel Greer has chosen to pursue the office of mayor of Marshalltown this coming November. It has been obvious to me, these past few years, that Joel is a strong and dedicated leader to his current responsibility as a councilman to ...

A few reasons you just can’t trust City Hall

In 1980 a sewer collapse during the paving of 18th Ave cost two businesses many thousands to install septic tanks as City Hall refused to repair the damage. In the 1980s, City Hall made me pay $95 for sidewalk repair on my neighbor’s property, I’m still waiting to be paid back. In 1991, ...

Another successful year for ‘Stuff the Bus’

The House of Compassion “Stuff the Bus” school supply distribution was held Aug. 5 and 7 and was a huge success thanks to the community. Backpacks filled with basic school supplies were given to 650 Marshall County students in Preschool and grades K-12. Nearly an additional 160 was given ...

Letter writer is uninformed

I must respond to the letter writer’s comments in the Aug. 28 T-R. Since you directed your letter to me as a councilor and my colleagues, I would hope that you can verify your claims that we support one segment of the community over another. I wonder what you meant when you said we are “yes ...