Great connections made while serving 21 years at the Y


It is hard to believe I have worked at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA for 21 years. It is just as hard to believe that our “new” facility, the Horne-Henry Center, has been open for 20 years. I can still remember my first office in the basement of the Y Cultural Center. No windows or natural ...

Letter to the Marshalltown Public Library Board of Trustees

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In August of 2022, Director Rosenblum offered to accept a free subscription to The Epoch Times from David B. if an additional 3 year’s subscriptions were included. He declined because the cost was prohibitive. Official policy was not followed in that matter. In 2023 the offer made to David B. ...

I feel like I am back in school!


Over the past several weeks, the education committee of the Iowa House of Representatives has passed out a record number of bills to be considered by the full house for debate, 33 bills to be exact. WOW! That is a lot of education bills! Last year we voted out 28 total bills during the full ...

Putin is pushing where there’s mush


This week, Vladimir Putin finally — allegedly — murdered his chief political rival and critic Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s death followed an attempt by Putin’s operatives in 2020 to kill him by poisoning; Navalny survived the attempt, worked with online specialists to unmask the actual ...

Fluffy By Colleen Armstrong


With an old Betty Crocker cookbook opened to the list of frosting recipes, I called out to my husband, “Do you know that Fluffy White Frosting is one of the few frosting recipes where boiling-hot water is required? Without it and lots of beating, you can’t achieve that fluffy ...

The rent is still too high


“How we gonna pay last year’s rent?” the chorus implores in the song “Rent” from Jonathan Larson’s 1996 musical of the same name. It’s the same refrain for many Americans today. A new Harvard study found that half of U.S. renter households now spend more than 30 percent of their ...