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Concentration camps for kids?

Concentration camps. Concentration camps for children. President Trump’s administration is looking for a site to build a tent city concentration camp for children of undocumented immigrants forcibly separated from their parents. This is wrong. It is immoral. It is inhumane. Forcibly ...

Trumps accomplishments since inauguration

A football team has a coach. That coach expects his team members to listen to what he tells them to do. If they don’t, they either sit on the bench or are removed from the team. Does President Trump require undo “loyalty” from his team (staff members, members of his cabinet)? I think not. ...

Comments and Candidates

The candidates for the November elections have been chosen. We have already heard from them what a terrible job Gov. Reynolds is doing. A couple of the candidates have stated what their goals are (paraphrased). Candidate Hubbell has already stated he would run against Gov. Reynolds on her ...

Proper trash disposal

I am writing this because as I drive around town, I see trash thrown out on our streets. Please be responsible and dispose of your trash properly. But, in the meantime, if one person in each block where you live could pick up your block to help keep our town looking good. It will take a ...

Supports Hubbell for governor

Some people say that they do not “begrudge Fred Hubbell for his wealth.” However, that is exactly what they are doing. They even cite Citizen’s United that only dealt with spending for political campaigns by organizations, not by the candidate. Should Hubbell be excluded from spending ...

Arrest Hunger a success

On June 2, the Marshalltown Police Department participated in the “Arrest Hunger” food drive to benefit the Marshalltown Emergency Food Box. During this event, members of the Marshalltown Police Department accepted food and monetary donations to help feed hungry people in the community. The ...

Reynolds, a forward thinking governor

I know its campaign time and there is going to be a lot said but former Gov. Tom Vilsack was in Marshalltown over the weekend and tried to define Gov. Reynolds saying she will have a hard time articulating what the next four years will be, is not true. That is not the way I would define her ...

Supports Riverside Cemetery efforts

In regards to the letter to the editor “Appearance of Riverside Cemetery” on June 5. I believe there’s been a misunderstanding or a lack of information about maintenance at the cemetery. To compare Riverside to Rose Hill is like comparing apples to oranges. Riverside is a much older ...

The changing path to health care

My family owes a great debt of appreciation to our local hospital and staff. Jody and I have eight grandchildren ranging in age from 8-months to 18-years old, and every one of them was born at the local Marshalltown hospital. The hospital has gone through many changes and difficult times. ...

The culture behind school shootings

The culture behind America’s school shootings. So far this year, we have had more than 20 school shootings in the United States. What is going on in American culture and in the schools? For one thing, we have cut back in mental health services. There are multiple reasons why American culture ...

Social Darwinists today

As the 2018 national election season is now upon us, I want to try to inform as many of my fellow Americans as possible about how the 2018 national Republican Party is different from the one that I grew up knowing in the 1950s and 1960s. The major difference is that back then “conservative” ...

Save the Senior Citizens Center

I read with interest an article in the T-R on Wednesday of last week. You always know it is important when it is on the front page above the fold. (City weighs future of the Senior Citizens building.) For 24 years I worked in the senior citizens building as director of the Marshalltown Senior ...

Appearance of Riverside Cemetery

Over the Memorial Day weekend my family went to Riverside Cemetery and Rose Hill Cemetery. Rose Hill was beautifully mowed and cleaned up. All of the graves looked well cared for. However, when we went to Riverside Cemetery we were saddened to find areas unmowed, piles of leaves and ...

Thank you for supporting Poppy Days

Thank you to the Marshalltown Mall for providing the windows for the Unit 46 Memorial Day display. A huge Thank You to all Marshalltown and surrounding community individuals who supported our Auxiliary extremely successful distribution for the Memorial poppies. It took each of you to again ...

Lenihan Ricochet donates to Splash 4 Life

Splash 4 Life would like to say thank you to the Lenihan Ricochet team and teachers for leading our schools in showing your student body and Marshalltown citizens how important it is to give back to the community through volunteering. These students have done this by volunteering their time ...

Response to ‘Capitalism vs. Socialism’

It was disturbing to read the Walt Williams editorial, “Capitalism vs. Socialism” in the May 26 Times-Republican. Many who read this will equate socialism with sloth and capitalism with freedom and only those two choices are available to Americans. What he doesn’t understand is that the ...

Boundary Waters at risk

For more than 40 years I have been an annual visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. For many of those years I have helped organize and guide junior high students on week-long canoe adventures into this pristine wilderness environment. The BWCA has been protected as a ...

Learning about life

In my formative years in school, I did not like to read Aesop’s fables or other make-believe material. I made a promise to myself that all the rest of my life would be devoted to factual material. Two times, I set aside that promise to read a couple of books for my wife. My reason for ...

Glasson has a rendezvous with destiny

Gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson recognizes that in these times in which the production of goods and services is rapidly being assumed by robots, drones and automated system masses of working-class Americans are as owned as were the slaves in the old plantation South who planted the maters ...

Trump wants an autocracy

What does President Trump really want to accomplish? What are his objectives? I’ve concluded he’s interested in developing an Autocracy, much like what he has praised in Russia, Poland, Hungary, Philippines and Turkey. He appears to desire unlimited power or authority which he or a small ...