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Need to rethink education assessments

Interesting article about Mark Jacobs forming an organization to help Iowa education. Unfortunately, he makes a false presumption that is holding back significant progress: that Iowa education used to be good. Iowa education cheated for decades to artificially appear good rather than actually ...

Give thanks to and support our veterans

Memorial Poppy Days is May 18-20. This annual event pays tribute to veterans. “Hearts on Fire for Veterans” is American Legion Auxiliary President Sharon Anderson’s theme. It honors veterans of all eras. Dedicated volunteers from the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders will be ...

Park cleanup a total community effort

Last week, Marshalltown came out to show PRIDE in our community. More than 140 residents joined CLEANIAC, to clean 11 parks for a busy season of use. In addition, two elementary schools cleaned up their neighborhoods and other community locations. It is really exciting to see people so ...

‘Do you know who you are?’

For the second time in my life I was hospitalized: I was there struggling with three ailments: pneumonia, sepsis and a very tired heart — needing stents. I was sent to Mercy West in Des Moines so specialists could operate and turn my conditions around. Day and night, every time a caretaker ...

Delivering generosity

Just a reminder to the community that the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be taking place Saturday, May 13. This will be the 25th year of the NALC’s “Stamp Out Hunger” national food drive. Your letter carrier will be collecting non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in the ...

Trump’s presidency is hurting America

The following are a few things I’ve gathered about Mr. Trump that have affected me tremendously as an American. The worse was when Trump said he had never asked God’s forgiveness for anything. Was he putting himself above God? I cried when I saw the widow of Ryan Owens regarding the order ...

Night of Stars a testament to the community

Once again, thank you seems inadequate to describe the generosity of this benevolent community. The 25th anniversary of Night of Stars was recently held to benefit Iowa River Hospice and the American Cancer Society. This community did not disappoint and came out to support these two ...

Mixed messages

I’m in a bit of a quandary. Recent ads in the T-R promote a rally on April 24 sponsored by the Not In Our Town movement focusing on bettering race relations. On the surface it sounds like a good cause to support – the world would be a better place if we all just got along, right? On the ...

Edler is not listening; bring back Sodders

I read with interest the recent letter to the editor citing praise for our current state senator. The letter writer suggests that Jeff Edler is “straight forward and doesn’t run down the opposing party ... you know exactly where he stands and why. He is a very good first-year senator for ...

Thank you Taco John’s

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Gary, Sarah Gimbel family and staff at Taco John’s for hosting a fundraiser and their support of Splash 4 Life. We appreciate all their support and dedication to always making Marshalltown a wonderful place to call home. We also want to thank the ...

Trump poking a stick at a hornet’s nest

All throughout history the world has encountered numerous country’s leaders who tried to take on the world or part of it. In most cases other countries underestimated their maniacal resolve to their own nation’s detriment. Some dictators were stupidly narcissistic like Trump, some were ...

Thank you for supporting Quilts of Valor

The Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety wishes to thank the following businesses for displaying the Quilts of Valor during the month of March for the upcoming presentation at the Iowa Veterans Home: Chalet, Black Tire Bike shop, Sub City, Pentz Appliance, Mayfield Cleaners, Headliner, Willards, Main ...

Voter suppression is alive and well

State Sen. Jeff Edler closes a column by assuring lowans that he voted to protect “voter integrity.” Translated this means he voted to make it harder for lowans to vote by requiring voters to get a state-issued voter ID. Edler and state Rep. Fisher know full well that voter fraud in Iowa is ...

Edler doing a good job

I like the job Jeff Edler is doing in the Senate. He beat Steve Sodders, a good senator and a friend of mine. I like the way Jeff tells us about bills and is very straight forward and doesn’t run down the opposing party and doesn’t act like he is running for election on his voting. In last ...

Missing ring yields compassion and care

Last Saturday my wedding ring somehow slipped off my finger. I was devastated as it was a symbol of my marriage to my husband who had passed away four years ago. I had been shopping in the Center Street Dollar General Store earlier that morning before I missed it, so I retraced my steps ...

Now, do you favor a voter ID?

An Iowa Poll is frequently quoted as showing Iowa voters support voter IDs. I wonder what the question to those voters was. If the question had been worded do you favor implementing a voter ID law knowing it will cost taxpayers $340,000 for the Secretary of State to issue voter ID cards to ...

Stupid gun laws

Sixty four years ago my 15-year-old brother went hunting. He came home in a casket. This had a devastating effect on our family and his family of friends at Marshalltown High School. Every Nov. 15, is a sad day for me. Has it been difficult for teens in Iowa to not have handguns available to ...

Thank you Marshaltown

On behalf of the Fireworks Committee, we would like to sincerely thank the Marshalltown City Council for approving a contribution to the 4th of July Fireworks. This event pays tribute to our veterans, brings our community together, and shows our investment in Marshalltown. Our budget is ...

Republicans don’t care about health care

Republicans are floating the latest idea to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare, a “compromise” bill to satisfy those who want to spend nothing and those who want to help a little. Eliza Collins in USA Today wrote, “The plan would be to give states the option to waive certain insurance ...

Vacation

Each year, we head to Pennsylvania to see friends and visit the history of that state. We stay about a month then try to head home a different way. This year, we went South to Northern Maryland, drove across the Northern route and back in to Washington, Pa. As we scooted through the National ...