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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 ...

Commemorating our veterans

As Memorial Day 2018 draws near, it seems timely to review the common method and words commemorating our deceased veterans, those serving on behalf of our freedoms. Practices illustrated during ceremonies and flag presentations during military funerals show our appreciation for those lost ...

Learn more about Heckroth for Senate

Please meet a great candidate for Congress in the 1st Congressional District, a strong advocate for working families — Thomas Heckroth. Thomas has spent his career helping workers. First as an advisor to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a life-long friend of organized labor and the American worker. ...

Thank you Marshalltown

The Emergency Food Box and Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who generously donated to the successful Letter Carriers Food Drive that was held May 12. Marshalltown’s response to this year’s drive was excellent — with a final total of nearly 9,500 pounds. We are truly grateful ...

Sidewalks — 5 ft. wide, really?

Before you read on — I am NOT negative on sidewalk repair/replacement. I personally have repaired my sidewalks and prepped other properties that I own in advance of this topic without prodding. My issue is with the process being used to force a change in the city’s sidewalk policy. The ...

Make the call

Do you remember the cold front that came through last Thursday evening, May 10? The breeze was strong, cool and humidity chasing. It was a beautiful thing. The beauty was short-lived. I ran to close the windows to prevent the nasty odor being emitted from the JBS plant from permeating our ...

Thank you from Cleaniac

The Cleaniac Planning Team wishes to thank building principals, teachers, and parents. With your help and support of many others, 214 youth were involved in the cleanup of 12 parks and public spaces. Twenty different groups representing business, scouts, church groups, education and the ...

Thank you Marshalltown

The parents, and coaches of the Brick Burners Lego League Team thank the Marshalltown community for supporting the team. We have been blessed by the encouragement, the time you’ve taken to listen to the team’s presentation, and the monetary support. It has been wonderful for our children ...

Poppy Days promotes freedom

“American Runs Free Because of Those Who Served Our Country” is the motto for this years Poppy Days. The memorial poppy is a symbol of honor and respect for all who have served in the military, past and present. For more than 70 years the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored Poppy Days ...

Traffic safety is imperative

Someone recently observed that Marshalltowns population is declining. There are many more reasons than lack of housing. I will put just one forward. I hear it from dozens of people every week. It will help keep current residents here as well as making our town more attractive to ...

Thank you for the support

Last year when I wrote this letter, I was not sure that it could get any better. Today, I know that for this community, anything is possible! The 26th anniversary of Night of Stars was held last month to benefit Iowa River Hospice and the American Cancer Society. It was an incredible and ...

Thank you BCLUW school board

The Conrad American Legion Auxiliary Unit 681 is observing May 21-25 as a time to show the BCLUW school board their appreciation. Too often these men and women are forgotten as neighbors and community members. Most school board members have full time jobs outside of being a school board ...

We are all influential people

There have been many books written on leadership and how to influence people. This idea can be misleading. You see, I don’t think we have to learn how to influence people. We do that every day. We have an inevitable effect on our families, friends, co-workers, members of our community, etc. ...

No more dairy

cherished bond between mother and child, my mind wanders to dairy cows, world-wide symbols of motherhood, who never get to see or nurture their own babies. Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk designed for them. The ...

‘I am native born; do not try to manipulate me’

There are not enough words allowed in this editorial to fairly explore the topic of today’s immigration issues. I do not mean to be one-sided or unkind but I deeply resent the use and abuse by radicals and activists who use emotionally-laden words to manipulate and divide the American ...