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Iowa GOP legislation reveals biases

Iowa’s 91 House and Senate Republican legislators want to outlaw classroom discussion of topics like racism and sexism. Furthermore, Iowa’s GOP attempt to ban discussion of the slavery-oriented “1619 Project” book reveals their pro-white bias. Republicans’ effort to sweep racism and ...

Thank you Marshall County leaders

Our society has been filled with unsympathetic political climates, divisive COVID 19 response debate, and circumstances in our lives that can bring us down and take many frustrations out on our leaders in government. Elected officials have signed up for answering to the public, taking their ...

Mental health is important, too

We are writing as members of Students Empowering and Leading (SEAL), a student-led philanthropy group from East Marshall High School. SEAL gives us the opportunity to not only better the lives of people around us, but also learn valuable lessons about life and leadership. Recently, we ...

Thompsons very generous to county

We wanted to share the timeline and history of the Old Fire Station with the patrons of Marshalltown and Marshall County. The Old Fire Station actually has two addresses, the north section at 107 S. First Ave. and the south section at 109 S. First Ave. Just to be clear if you are looking at the ...

Do not penalize Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

Iread the recent article in the Times-Republican that explained the county will be facing a million budget shortfall due to repairs in the courthouse and due to lower revenue coming into the Marshall County Jail because COVID has reduced the inmate population. I was surprised to see the board ...

Pandemic adversely affecting domestic violence survivors

There are several Super Bowl ads that I can remember from over the years. None more vividly, though, than one about domestic violence that aired in 2015. In it, you hear a survivor of domestic violence calling local authorities while the camera pans around a house showing nearly everything is ...

Masks and unneeded mandates

Many of us find it particularly offensive that a huge number of self-appointed media medical experts have resorted to scaring the public into thinking they must wear a mask or face impending doom. As a result, here come the mandates. Now, before you get on me about being a COVID denier, ...

Novice baker turned part-time cake maker

Baking did not come naturally to Shea Hill but it was something she taught herself, nonetheless. Her baking started when she wanted a smash cake — a small, frosted cake intended to be destroyed and eaten by an infant or child — for her daughter Ellena’s first birthday. Initially, she ...

A Farmer’s Journey

CONRAD — At the ripe old age of 105, Robert Prosser said he has few complaints. “I am old, tired, a little grouchy and often hungry for things they say I can’t have. But really, I have no complaints,” Prosser said. I never ever expected to live this long, but actually have very few ...

Teacher Spotlight: Mandi Nunn

Meet Mandi Nunn, is a first grade teacher at Fisher Elementary in the Marshalltown School District. Nunn, 37, is originally from Burlington. She obtained her degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She received an endorsement for English as a second ...

Marshall County honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Marshall County Attorney’s Office remains committed to prosecuting those violent crimes and serving survivors of domestic violence. The Marshall County Attorney’s Office prosecutes all domestic assault crimes that occur in Marshall ...

A turning point on racial inequality

At this September’s Democratic presidential debate — held at a historically black college in Houston — some 14 million Americans tuned in to watch the 10 leading candidates debate each other for the first time. The debate set another important precedent: All of the candidates spoke out ...

Tech giants should delete disinformation

If the late author George Orwell was correct that political language is “designed to make lies sound truthful” and “give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” then surely social media was made to fan those lies far and wide. That’s much easier to do when bots artificially amplify ...

Battle against robocalls should be more than a pipe dream

Remember the days before robocalls? When your landline and cell phone were free from scam artists selling something, threatening you with arrest, wheedling to extract a credit-card number? Nah, we can’t either. The number of unwanted calls in the U.S. is measured in the tens of billions ...

Hopes for a new school year

Most students are back to school around Iowa, and thousands of families are settling into a new seasonal cycle. New pencils. New teachers. New buses. New friends. New bedtimes. For anyone other than kindergarten parents, though, there’s a comforting familiarity about this time of year. ...

Understanding the changes to the Endangered Species Act

Perhaps you’ve been reading that the Trump Administration wants to make it easier to eliminate polar bears, spotted owls and other species from the face of the earth. As ever in Donald Trump ‘s Washington, the reality is different, so allow us to explain. The uproar concerns a proposed ...

Presidential candidates must learn the science of food production

Former Vice President Joe Biden said it well, “we choose science over fiction.” The presidential candidate was wrapping up his remarks on July 31, during the second night of Democratic debates in Detroit. His words-in that single sentence, at least—are exactly right. Too often, ...