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Vote NO on Aug. 1

On Thursday evening I attended the final “Budgeting 101” public information forum at the library. I learned about the structure of the city budget, but when it came to justifying the change in the local option sales tax, the city administrator and the finance director did a very ...

Vote no on LOST changes

In 2000, citizens of Marshalltown voted for a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), allocating 20 percent toward street improvements, storm and sanitary sewer updates. If these dollars are redirected to the general fund for use at the discretion of the council, what will happen to our street ...

Let’s learn from the past so we never experience it again

I am writing to you — the people of Marshalltown and the surrounding areas of State Center, Conrad and Tama-Toledo. Over the past year, those of us as local healthcare providers have struggled with the severe turn of events brought on by an unbelievable financial problem. It came to a ...

A look at the end of life

A cool breeze blew through my open car door as I waited for my wife to complete her weeding of Church flowers. This is a good time to think of stories I want to create. I let ideas flood in, then decide what might be appropriate to write about. Today I thought, why not say something about death ...

Vote NO on LOST reallocation

Vote NO on Aug. 1 to reallocate local option sales tax funds. Consider this — the city wants to take this money away from the streets and sewers updates. The city has spent a bunch of money to “educate” you with “Budgeting 101” classes. They have spent a bunch of money to put a mailer ...

Time for the city and Alliant to listen

In the early 1970s, a local woman sued the city to recover her costs of cutting down diseased elm trees on her terrace. She won! Elm trees on the terrace became the city’s expense. This, of course, was not retroactive for the many homeowners who had already paid out of their ...

A lovely day for all

The 2017 Linn Creek Art Festival was a red letter day for Marshalltown! The three co-chairs, Amber Danielson, Kendra Sorenson and Neil Dalal, did a fabulous job of organizing the biggest ever art festival so that everyone seemed cool and relaxed. As an exhibitor, I was cheerfully greeted by ...

Thank you to these heroes

At about 7:45 a.m. July 14, a woman called 9-1-1 and Marshalltown Police Officer Vern Jefferson came to the southeast pond on Southridge Road. He arrived, put on his gloves and he and the woman rescued a young goose in the water. The goose had fishing line around his wing and throat. Officer ...

An assault on IPERS

Once again, Republicans in the Iowa legislature are inviting an out-of-state attack on the economic security of Iowa families. Their target is the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS): an effective pension system that contributes $1.6 billion each year to the Iowa economy. IPERS ...

Disgusted with national politics

The Repubs could not agree on the duties of a dog catcher. Holding the presidential office, both houses of Congress, and a working majority of the Supreme Court; provides an unequal ability to control the political agenda. What happens? They seem to be pleased with the “Flat Liner” ...

Repeal and replace?

For seven years Republicans have been yammering about Obamacare and candidate Trump, along with virtually all Republicans, promised to “repeal and replace.” In order to make it easier to replace Obamacare, they took action to make it unpopular: First, they defunded the risk corridors for ...

Veterans helping veterans

We are reaching out to the younger generation of veterans: When was the last time you went to a meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars? Perhaps you never thought of it or maybe you went once. Yeah, I know … a lot of the posts are mostly older guys, and you think you don’t have anything ...

City and Alliant Energy need to do a better job

In 1972, my wife and I purchase our lovely family home on Jerome Street. The following year, seven elm trees were removed from the terrace because of “Dutch Elm” disease. We bore the total cost! It was added to our local property taxes for several years. At our expense, we replaced the ...

BCRA is bad for Iowans

Passing the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) in its current form would be a mistake. BCRA goes beyond its stated purpose of “repealing and replacing” the ACA by calling for deep cuts to Medicaid and eliminating Medicaid Expansion, which covers more than 620,000 Iowans — children, ...

Don’t cut the trees

Drive down Jerome Street and other streets and notice trees being cut down on city street terraces. Isn’t there another way to serve energy purposes so that beautiful old hardwood trees on our streets do no have to be cut down? Trees serve purposes, too.

Thank you UnityPoint

I recently had an unexpected five-day stay at UnityPoint Health-Marshalltown. I was very impressed with the competent, courteous care that I received from every single department with whom I came in contact. Staff morale was high, and that reflected in the care received. It was a stark contrast ...

A call to action

Our agricultural system is funded with your tax dollars and it is making you and your loved ones sick. The government subsidizes corn, and the corn is fed to livestock in such quantities that it makes them ill. The sickened animals, along with their relatively healthy flat mates, are given ...

Sounds like a rip-off

Are our city leaders really trying to have development in this city? Why I ask is the big lot north of my property never been developed. Bob Sunday owned it when we bought our house next to it in 1969. There was a lot of trees on his property that the birds loved to live in at night. It got so ...

Stand up for Iowa’s kids

Sen. Jeff Edler of State Center needs to stand up for his constituents. He needs to tell Iowa’s U.S. Senators to vote against pending healthcare legislation that would hit children in his senate district especially hard. The health insurance of 42 percent of children in Marshall County is ...

Blessed is the one who chooses Good

My favorite book of the OLD Testament is the book of Psalms. It is a simple, yet profound statement; we could even call it “The Second Genesis.” It is God’s moral gift to the world. Psalms is a collection of sayings and pleas for help with the Hebrew nation — God’s people. King David ...