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Vote Price for sheriff

I have known and been a friend of Randy Price and his family for more than a decade. I remember like it was yesterday when Randy was a sheriff's deputy. Randy used to work long and weird hours which the job requires. I know he will continue that if he becomes sheriff. He has told me he wants to ...

Don’t believe Edler’s negative ads; vote for Steve Sodders

My mailbox has been filled with Jeff Edler campaign literature, and there are Jeff Edler ads on every TV program. All of the expensive literature and all of the expensive ads have one purpose - to attack Sen.Steve Sodders.I know Jeff Edler to be a good man who cares about his community, and I'm ...

Dean Fisher is who we need back in Des Moines

I want to share with fellow community members an example of why I'll be voting for Dean Fisher for state representative. I own Hardon's in Tama, a family-owned plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical business. A few years ago, a bill came through the legislature that had so many restrictions ...

Fisher is the wrong choice; vote for Nate Wrage

I truly like Dean Fisher; I just don't like the way he votes. Cutting teachers, larger classes, dropping programs - our schools continue to be underfunded. Dean argues that we can't spend money we don't have. Then he should not have voted to send our money out of state to a virtual private ...

Great job T-R sportswriters on your exceptional stories

To T-R reporters Adam Ring and Stephen Koenigsfeld:Your reporting on local sports the past three days has been outstanding! Adam's story on the Trowbridge diving twins was exceptional. You got quotes from both young ladies and this is what makes the story personal and interesting to your ...

Choose wisely this election; vote for Raymond

As voters we are the employers hiring our elected officials to be our employees. In hiring you expect your prospective employee to be skilled and responsible to handle the job's duties and be a person of integrity who will represent your place of work with the utmost respect.In the Marshall ...

Steve Hoffman: The pursuit of excellence

I have worked for the Marshall County Sheriff's Office for more than 17 years. I currently hold a administrative position of Jail Supervisor 2 which assists the jail administrator in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the jail division. The division is comprised of roughly 30 jail officers ...

We need Steve Sodders back in Des Moines

I urge voters in Senate District 36 to re-elect an outstanding public servant, Senator Steve Sodders, one of the hardest working and most respected members of the Iowa Senate.Among the many reasons to re-elect Senator Sodders is the senator's support for freezing state university tuition. ...

Vote Deanne Raymond for auditor/recorder

As a lawyer who has practiced in Marshalltown for more than 35 years, including real estate law, I have often worked closely with the staff at the Marshall County Auditor/Recorder's Office. Deanne Raymond, the current auditor/recorder, is a bright, hard-working, friendly and well-spoken public ...

Dean Fisher is the dignified choice

The character of government, like any organization, takes on the character of its leaders. That is why, "when the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan" (Proverbs 29:2). "When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to ...

DNR’s changes to factory farm rules is wrong

Lots of us recreate on lakes with friends and family. For hours at a time, we boat, canoe and kayak. Needless to say, we congregate there.But the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) doesn't see it that way.In their recent revisions to factory farm rules, the DNR decided lakes are no ...

Sodders wants Iowa’s schools to be the best

I was a teacher in Tama County for 35 years. I know what a difference a good education can make in our kids' lives. But I also know how hard it can be to teach those kids when your school doesn't have the funding it needs, forcing teachers to work with outdated textbooks, overcrowded classes, ...

Support CIH

It is important that the community rally around and support the employees and the board of Central Iowa Healthcare as they work their way through some very difficult times. Recent layoffs underscore the gravity of the position the board found itself in after government mandated coding changes ...

Sorry Donald Trump, but I’m telling it like it is

Trump supporters like him because "he says it like it is." Well, I'm going to tell it like it is.I believe that Trump is a wolf in sheep's clothes and a Judas goat. I believe Trump is a pathological liar, a sociopath, and a dangerous bigoted demagogue who sows hate, fear, and distrust. Trump ...

Hoffman is simply extraordinary

Singer/songwriter Rachel Platten has a new song that is currently out on the airwaves. One line from the lyrics, in particular, reminds me of someone very important in this year's election.In her song "Better Place," Platten declares "It's a better place since you came along ..." More than ...

Sodders fights for students, teachers

As a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa, pursuing a degree in education, the local election for state senate has been in the forefront of my mind.Every year, Steve Sodders has been the one to push for public school funding. He has made it clear that public schools are an important ...

This election, it’s time to vote No, No and No

When you place your vote be it absentee or at the polls in a few days, turn your ballet over. Vote NO for the three Iowa Supreme Court Justices, Brent Appel, Mark Cady and Daryl Hecht. These are three of the seven remaining justices that voted to force same-sex marriage on the people of Iowa. ...

Support Luisa Ortega for auditor/recorder on Nov. 8

I have known Luisa Ortega since she was a junior at Marshalltown High School. At the early age of 17, Luisa demonstrated a desire to work toward a better community. As a high school student she worked as an interpreter for the Des Moines Police Department, and later started her own businesses ...

Steve Sodders has and will continue to work hard for us

I am highly motivated to our Democratic principles of good government. Big money given by the Koch brothers and other corporate groups takes away the democracy and political rights of our American people. Steve Sodders has improved our economic growth and our educational values and has worked ...

Hoffman is the well-respected choice

Some people say you should vote for the man, not the party. And in supporting Steve Hoffman for Marshall County Sheriff, that's what I'm doing because he is the opposite of the man his party chose to represent it at the top of the slate. Steve Hoffman is NOT a bigot, NOT a braggart, NOT a ...