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What is the Fourth of July really celebrating?

I was happy to see and hear the rain and lightening come down after the Fourth of July fireworks. It seemed to clear away all the smoke in the air which hovered in the streets and lawns around my home. These were the fireworks which were set off by my next door neighbors. They were set off at ...

Family Fishing Derby is huge success

All of the staff, crew and Board of Trustees at Riverside Cemetery would like to say a big thank you to the community for the wonderful turnout at the recent Annual Family Fishing Derby. This is a favorite event of the cemetery every year, and judging by the attendance, it’s loved by families ...

A plea for objective facts

As someone with degrees in theology and biology, I smile at the worn-out rhetoric of the anti-life movement. But my smile is a sad one. You can find two such rhetorical dinosaurs in the AP article, Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion in the July 2 edition of the T-R. First, ...

Navy must right itself

According to an oped by Pat Buchanan, starting around 2009 the U.S. Naval Academy lowered its enrollment standards for incoming freshmen so the Navy could increase its racial diversity. The USNA is on a campaign to increase minority naval officers to approximate the nonwhite enlisted ...

Disagrees with immigration letter

“Bible is an immigration handbook” letter by a local preacher, Scott Lothe. He uses a lot of hyperbole in trying to get his point across. What a stretch to equate a stranger in our land to a horde of millions of people that break our laws and cross our borders illegally. You ...

Artificial intelligence at its finest

Then ... at the intersection of arrogance and ignorance (aka artificial intelligence) they abolished U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement flooding the U.S. with a deluge of MS-13, drugs, crime and the world’s impoverished. Then ... they deluded themselves into taxing America’s ...

Are we safer after the travel ban?

Trump’s recent travel ban’s on middle-east countries are suppose to make us safer, or will they? None of the countries that the 911 hijackers were from are on the travel ban. Fifteen were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt and one from Lebanon. Could ...

Appreciates Pitts column on bigotry

Thanks to the T-R for printing the writings by Leonard Pitts especially his May 8 column challenging Sen. Marco Rubio’s support for Trump to answer the question “What is the functional difference between being a bigot and just voting for one?” I am thankful that I belong to the majority ...

Supporting law enforcement

An article on the front page of the T-R on June 20 (‘Keeping I.C.E. out of Iowa’ draws dozens to Marshalltown) was interesting. We continue to hear that Marshalltown should be welcoming to all, but apparently that doesn’t extend to some of the law enforcement officials hired by the ...

Raising a Godly family Jerry Waterman

When a family receives a new member, by birth, it is a time of expectation and joy. For a short time, the little one just lays there, taking in nourishment and listening to sights and sounds. It begins to mimic what he sees the family doing. One day, my cell phone rang! I still own a flip-top ...

Then they came for…

1940s First they came for the Jews, but I said nothing, for I wasn’t a Jew Then they came for . . . 2018 First amnesty seekers were denied due process, but I said nothing, for I wasn’t an amnesty seeker. Then . . . Need I say more?

Cath Lab – minutes versus hours

Thanks to those who had the vision 10 years ago of establishing a Cath Lab in Marshalltown to serve not only Marshalltown, but the surrounding communities and people living in rural areas. Also, a special thanks to those who raised nearly $870,000 to make this vision a reality. The combination ...

United Way Golf Tournament a great success

On behalf of the Marshalltown Area United Way we would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported our golf tournament this past Friday. We raised approximately $8,500. Thank you to Gary Schaudt and Sage Point Financial once again for sponsoring our event. Thank you to JBS for ...

Great service from a Marshalltown business

My name is Vicki Slingluff and I wanted to tell you my experience with a local company in Marshalltown. My family and I were traveling from Grinnell back to Minneapolis, Minn., when we ran over something on the road and got a flat tire. After getting the spare on we were told by the tow truck ...

Fixed interest rates better for college loans

Iowa families often use private student loans to help pay for college and many are turning to variable-rate options. Choosing a rate based on benchmark indexes that change over time is a risky move. A fixed interest rate is locked in for the life of the loan and is a less risky option, when ...

Black Dirt Days a success

Well, the game is over. The turnout was great, the food was fantastic and the weather could not have been better. The 2018 Black Dirt Days Event is in the history books and I am so happy with the way that it turned out. As the chairperson of the committee I can honestly say that the ...

Disinformation on Trump accomplishments

I normally read the “Our Views” section, shake my head and move on but the disinformation in “Trumps accomplishments since inauguration” were just too much to ignore. Lie No. 1 Obama was a millionaire before entering office made possible by authoring two books. Lie No. 2 Adolf Hitler ...

Noon meetings don’t work

Looks like having a noon council meeting didn’t work this time to railroad something through. This town needs more people like Mark Eaton to run for city council. I think its time for the current council to put a end to these noontime meetings.

Bible is an immigration handbook

In recent days, high ranking federal government officials have quoted from the Bible to justify current U.S. policy and practice on issues concerning immigration. I, for one, am pleased they are reading and quoting the Bible on such matters. However, we all need to know the whole picture the ...

Trump immigration policy cruel

The Trump policy of separating children from their parents at boarder crossings is both inhumane and immoral. This a humanitarian issue and should not be politicized. The secrecy of the locations of the detention centers just adds to the horribleness. The “Zero Tolerance” policy is cruel ...