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Thank you Jim Wares

I’ll come right to my point here: Jim Wares is a treasure. When he began occasionally writing whimsical columns for the T-R, I found that I enjoyed his subtle tongue-in-cheek humor. But when he took on the role of providing commentary in the Sunday edition, the depth of his wit and insight ...

A letter of thanks

I would like to take a moment to send thanks to the supporters of my special election campaign for Iowa’s 25th Senate District. While the results didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, we will do everything possible to change that fact in November. The level of excitement for the April 10 ...

An enormous thank you

A big thank you to the 40+ volunteers and four employees of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department who participated in the clean-up of the Iowa River Trail corridor The event, organized by Charlie Smith, was a great success. The enormity of the volume of debris that was removed can be ...

Rethink food consumption for Earth Day

With the 50th observance of Earth Day on April 22, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy and consumption of animals. Yes, that. Last Fall Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany’s Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded ...

Celebrate!

As Albert Einstein said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” How true! You can learn, discover, connect, be entertained and so much more at our library. Help me in celebrating National Library Week (April 8-14) by thanking our wonderful staff ...

Fiscal responsibility

We are so fortunate in Marshall County to have a Board of Supervisors and all county employees who dedicate themselves to making our county a wonderful place to live, raise our families and enjoy our employment. Thank you so much! Our local county government is truly run like a private ...

Video is a concern

On March 28, a video was made by Todd Magel with KCCI concerning Marshalltown and the upcoming new census. In this video, David Barajas, the chief executive officer of the Marshalltown Regional Partnership is interviewed. Mr. Barajas expresses a concern about the Trump administration's proposed ...

A question of citizenship

John Worden Green Mountain Regarding both the printed and KCCI interview responses to the citizenship question on the next U.S. census. Apparently the chamber CEO believes he is speaking for and representing all the chamber members and immigrants. The fact is that all the chamber ...

Thank you David Barajas!

I love Marshalltown. There are many great things about our community. Our greatest resources are the people who live and work here. We have much to celebrate. Our diversity of culture is a strength. Our diversity of opinion and thought also serves us well as a community. Sometimes we don’t ...

What about driveway approach parking?

As the council members discuss the repair or installation of city sidewalks, please consider a related topic. That is, the common practice of residents parking a vehicle on the driveway approach (apron) instead of using off-street parking. Most vehicles are too large to fit on the approach ...

Trump and the USPS

Subscribing to yet another conspiracy theory, President Trump accused the United States Postal Service of charging Amazon lower rates for parcel deliveries than the rates they charge other senders. Is it because the president has turned into a Constitutional scholar and is reflecting on ...

Vote for Sweeney

We need Annette Sweeney in the Iowa Senate to keep all the progress moving ahead that we have going in the great state of Iowa. We have many of the fronts like education, new mental health programs, clean water programs and being the place to live in Iowa that are in the top 10 in the United ...

The idealism of youth

Unfortunately, there are many who think that young people have no right to express their opinions because they do not have real world experience. Fortunately, many of our Revolutionary War leaders spoke up even though they were young. Many heroes like: Deborah Sampson -15, Sybil Ludington ...

Answers sought

Many of you may have heard of or read the article by KCCI in which several Marshalltown residents were quoted as objecting to the question on the census form asking about citizenship. The article had quotes by several members of the community including David Barajas Jr. who stated, “Questions ...

Change the culture in Des Moines; vote Freese

Those of us in Iowa Senate District 25 have an important opportunity April 10 to tell the state that one-party rule is not serving the public interest. Bill Dix may no longer be in Des Moines, but the good ole boy attitudes and the agenda he pushed continue. A special election has been ...

Say no to a toll

Heard on the news they are talking about toll roads in Iowa. Will you have the right amount of money at the time to pay for a toll for that road? If it is 20 below zero do you want to wait on a busy road for your turn to pay a toll to drive on that road? Will ambulances take longer having to go ...

Don’t vote for special interests

Before voting for state senator in the special election for Grundy, Hardin, Butler and Story counties April 10, people should consider Annette Sweeney’s record and then vote for Tracy Freese. Sweeney may have many fine personal qualities but her political record suggests she’s more ...

Amazing faith of a child

The members of our church were blest to witness a stand-off between our pastor and a very young boy. Easton is new to our congregation and was listening intently with young ears. But first, let’s go back 3,000 years to another confrontation between a teenage sheepherder and one of the ...

Protection for students

The protesters and rallies by students are still going strong. We do not have children in Marshalltown schools either learning or teaching, but we are concerned with school safety, I still think the protests and concerns are for the wrong reasons. Stricter control of law abiding citizens ...

One way to the Promised Land

To the letter writer who recently penned a letter to the editor about the Promised Land: I don’t know what Bible you read unless it is written by yourself. My Bible says the only way to the Promised Land or heaven, is by knowing Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Reverend, you can do all ...