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Surely, Netflix can’t be serious?

July 28, 2013 I’ve had “Airplane!” on DVD from Netflix for about two years now. Did I write a column more than a year ago that started out like this? Sure. more »»

Shame on Lennox

July 28, 2013 Shame on you Lennox. You have shamed your company and your employees and your town where Lennox was founded. more »»

How we’re playing the name game

July 28, 2013 Choosing a baby name is a fun way for pregnant couples to see each other in a new light – specifically, a gas station florescent that makes you look like Danny DeVito. more »»

Barney Fife did it right

July 28, 2013 Old people in town riled Barney Fife because a big car was parked illegally. Barney gave a ticket and then found out it was the governor’s car. more »»

Thanks for supporting PUSH America

July 28, 2013 I wanted to thank the many local businesses and people that assisted with the PUSH America/ Journey of Hope visit to Marshalltown on July 14. more »»

How the farm bill failed

July 28, 2013 Earlier this month the U.S. House of Representatives, on a party-line vote, broke with tradition by stripping from the farm bill the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). more »»

Could there be a better way to spend a Sunday?

July 23, 2013 Sunday was my fourth time as an author at the Linn Creek Arts Festival in Marshalltown. more »»

Support the SAFE Act

July 23, 2013 Iowa has become ground zero in the national debate on horse slaughter, now that the USDA has cleared a horse slaughter plant to begin butchering horses here. more »»

‘Who is my neighbor?’

July 18, 2013 This past weekend many churchgoers in Marshalltown heard pastoral reflections (sermons, if you will) based on Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan. more »»

Flinstones was just a cartoon

July 18, 2013 I read with some humor Rev. Thoreson’s view “Tambrino needs a science book. more »»

Conservatives are correct

July 17, 2013 As a former dyed in the wool Democrat I’ve seen the light and finally came to the conclusion that the Tea Party is right, there is far too much big government. more »»

Connecting the dots of poor judgement

July 17, 2013 A number of months ago, credible evidence of bullying and other serious charges against the Iowa Veterans Home commandant were brought into the public spotlight. more »»

Perturbed about potholes, road work

July 16, 2013 Once again I will ask; “Is anyone at City Hall in charge?” What is the purpose of putting down an asphalt overlay on some of the downtown CBD streets but ignoring the broken up or missing curbs an... more »»

Support for 13th Street appreciated

July 16, 2013 We would like to thank the Marshalltown community for its participation and support for the 13th Street Scramble on June 15 and/or the purchase of a raffle ticket for the revitalization of that... more »»

We want the Orpheum to shine

July 14, 2013 I am concerned about what I am hearing and reading about our Orpheum Theater — this historic landmark our town got behind Iowa Valley Community College to restore and reinven. more »»

Prisoner should contribute to victim’s medical bills

July 14, 2013 Regarding the stories about Sarah McGuire, (“Shattered,” July 7 and “Life in the aftermath,” July 8) I have a surefire, ingenious solution to a small part of her issues. more »»

Majority is not right, just stronger

July 10, 2013 The Rev. Allan Thoreson seems to have missed some keys points in his attempted retort to Dr. Tambrino’s column. more »»

Take next step in AIDS-free generation

July 7, 2013 When it comes to HIV/AIDS “pay now or pay later” means paying a cost in lives and money. (“Treat people with HIV early to stop spread” by Maria Cheng, published in the Times-Republican, July 1). more »»

Tambrino needs a science book

July 7, 2013 Dr. Tambrino, in his Saturday T-R column on religion makes interesting reading and usually good sense. At other times he makes surprisingly untenable statements. more »»

Snowden exposed government abuse

July 7, 2013 The recent revelations into dragnet surveillance techniques by government agencies has been overshadowed by speculation on what non-extradition country Snowden will travel to, or what his personal... more »»



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