Another View

Opportunities for Iowa and Cuba

At age 63, I wouldn't change the years I have lived for anything. For example, in 1994 my family and I were traveling in Europe and entered the former East Germany. It was like going from color television to black and white. The bleached out buildings were reminders of what the post-World War ...

Property tax statement time

The property tax statements payable in 2015-2016 will be arriving in Marshall County property owners' mailbox this week.The Marshall County Treasurer's office usually sends the tax statements out to taxpayers earlier in August, but Marshall County has been working on a conversion of a new real ...

A new view

Similar to many of my senior generation, I have had a problem accepting the concept of same-sex marriage. My views have been fashioned over the years from a traditional perspective. I grew up in the Eisenhower years, married a great girl, graduated from college, and went to work for a large ...

What aboot Canada?

Let's play "What if ...?" for a little bit.What if the United States was the target of Canadians seeking a better future instead of Latinos?Would Donald Trump and Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry and those others who want to fence up the borders damp down the rhetoric a little?Not that I disagree ...

Sept 8: A very important date!

When we think about the future of our community and region, our No. 1 priority is education! I say this with absolutely no hesitation: it's education that makes the "World Go Round." And it's education that will be the "differentiator" here in Marshalltown that will help us both retain our ...

CIA are writing a book that will whitewash their crimes against humanity.

The CIA's torture-era leadership won't repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the CIA had tortured its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that torture never elicited any actionable ...

Marshalltown: STEM capital of the world

Well maybe I am doing a bit of self-proclaiming in the headline, but this is some self-proclaiming that we can back up in Marshalltown!It was very exciting earlier this week to be at the high school and see the youngsters begin to come in with their parents for the first day of a week-long STEM ...

Trading up for a better trade deal

As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand ...

Trump’s badmouthing deportment

The presidential candidate's rants have galvanized Latinos of all ages, backgrounds, and political affiliations.The chips just keep falling. The Professional Golf Association is one of the latest companies to part ways with Donald Trump. The PGA announced that it would not hold its Grand Slam ...

Unreported activities at the Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair does a great job each year of showcasing a variety of entertainment, with carnival rides, booths where you can win a 35-cent prize for a few hundred dollars, hosting competitions for growing stuff and cooking stuff and displaying Iowa's agricultural might with such things as ...

Things that make you go hmmm?

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one ...

Yemen is starving, and we’re partly to blame

A Saudi-led war supported by Washington has sparked a devastating humanitarian crisis.Twenty million people in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, are at risk of dying from hunger or thirst. That's 80 percent of the country's population, which according to UN agencies badly needs ...

The pope could inspire a green energy revolution

If you visit the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Ellicott City, Maryland, you'll notice a large solar array standing in one of their fields. The friars have dramatically reduced their electricity bill, but that's not the primary reason they invested in renewable energy.As Friar Michael Heine ...

Give officers the credit they deserve

Not every law enforcement story ends in tragedy or controversy. And not every law enforcement story receives the kind of attention it deserves.Monday's incident at the Highway 30 overpass above Center Street ended peacefully and without injury or worse because officers from the Marshalltown ...

Paying the pink tax

Women are slammed with $1,400 a year in retail markups thanks to gendered marketing.You probably think you know about all the taxes you pay. Income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes - it seems like the list is endless. But there's one tax I've been paying for most of my life that you might not ...

Tightening whose belt?

As a millennial, I take the push to ditch the estate tax personally.Listening to so-called fiscal conservatives like Representatives Kevin Brady and Mike Kelly, you'd think we were in a desperate fight for survival, with the national debt threatening our future."I cannot in good conscience ...

School funding compromise breaks gridlock, ends session

The Legislature closed out the 2015 session with Senate Democrats opting to end five months of gridlock on school funding. The goal of the compromise is to maintain educational opportunities and boost student achievement.The final agreement provides an additional $156 million for the 2015-16 ...

No taxpayer dollars for the ‘Bank of Boeing’

The Ex-Im Bank is a favor factory for politically well-connected corporations trolling for handouts.Have you heard of the Export-Import Bank? It's little-known yet high on the list of special-interest priorities these days. Created in 1934, this government agency loans money to foreign buyers ...

Diversity Sells

Ignoring the experiences of women and people of color now comes at a price for filmmakers and TV execs.From the television sets in our living rooms to our local movie theaters, diversity appears to be the new black.Fresh off the success of small-screen hits like Fox's musical drama Empire, CW's ...