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Our View

Getting ready for tomorrow

Iowa’s economy was once dominated overwhelmingly by agriculture. It’s still a major component and will remain so. Today, however, our state is the home to an eclectic collection of industries. That diversity is making the Hawkeye State stronger and helping keep it prosperous. Gov. Kim ...

Support IVCCD bond referendum with ‘yes’ vote

Community colleges are often higher education’s backbone. They provide classes, degrees and job training necessary for local needs. For some, it provides an affordable way to start off before heading to a university. For others, it provides everything they need for their chosen profession. ...

New U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement will boost agriculture

America’s economy is strengthened when our nation is able to increase its sales internationally. The export of agricultural products has long been one of the most robust and successful parts of the trade picture for the United States. The foreign demand for what is produced in farm country ...

Privatizing mortgage giant has risks

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

This week Iowans kicked off what may well be the grandest of our nation’s state agricultural festivities — the Iowa State Fair. Iowans gathered in Fairfield for the first state fair in 1854 — just eight years after achieving statehood. That fair boasted an attendance of about 8,000. In ...

Life jackets save lives

During the long, hot days of summer, Iowans often turn to rivers and lakes for some fun ways to cool off. Heading out on the water in a boat, canoe, kayak or even just an inner tube is a good way to relax. And if common sense and a life jacket are used, it’s generally pretty safe, ...

Weapons of the weak

As I navigate life as a queer disabled woman, I frequently think of Yale political scientist James C. Scott’s concept of the “weapons of the weak.” Scott poses that while we usually think of resistance as overt, organized protests or rebellions, marginalized people often resist in more ...

Input from public should be key part of medical cannabis discussion

We do not quarrel with the decision on Thursday by majority Republican leaders in the Iowa Legislature to not put the state’s medical cannabis program on the agenda for interim study committees this year. That they pledged to put the issue “at the forefront of the 2020 legislative ...

We will recover if we are Marshalltown Strong

Editor’s note: A version of this Our View originally ran on July 29, 2018. Its message was as true today as it was then. Together we can rebuild. July 19, 2018 will be a day for the Marshalltown history books. On that day, an EF-3 tornado destroyed some of the most important parts of our ...

Freedom wins World Cup for America

Megan Rapinoe’s strength lies in her fierce athletic prowess, of course, and also in her oh-so-American ability to speak clear-eyed truth, especially to power. In response to questions about what she wanted after leading the U.S. women’s soccer team to its second consecutive and fourth ...

Strengthening rural Iowa

Iowa is a great place to live. Its economy is strong and the quality of life it affords has few equals anywhere in the nation. Even so, some of our state’s rural communities aren’t fully sharing the generally upbeat prognosis for the Hawkeye State’s future. Gov. Kim Reynolds is ...

Downtown master plan provides path to revitalization

With the official approval of the downtown master plan approved by city council this week, the future of downtown Marshalltown has never looked brighter. This plan is collaborative in nature, requiring the cooperation of public and private entities alike. We are happy to endorse this master ...

Celebrate Marshalltown Strong

The staff members of the Times-Republican consider ourselves lucky. Each day we get the opportunity to impact our community — the town we live in, shop in, dine in and work in — through providing information and offering a space for dialogue. It’s a role we are honored to serve in and we ...

‘Welcoming and inclusive’ is on all of us

Being welcoming and treating all people with dignity is essential to good character — but it’s also good from a leadership perspective. In its strategic plan, the city states the importance of Marshalltown being a welcoming community. Leaders from the Iowa Business Council and UnityPoint ...

Senior citizens deserve city-sponsored recreation

Last month the Senior Citizens Center director announced the organization will have a permanent home in the Fisher Community Center starting in June. Like many organizations impacted by the tornado last year, the center’s leaders had to quickly figure out where they would go and what their ...

Remembering

Written by Elizabeth Reid Terrones, who lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland during WWII. I remember that Sunday, Sept. 3, 1939. We were at war with Germany. Sad were our hearts at seeing our dads and brothers leave. Fear for the future was on all of our minds. Life was never to be the same ...

Business Horizons offers students ‘fields of opportunities’

An excellent opportunity awaits students at Business Horizons, a week-long program organized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. Business Horizons will be held July 14-18 at Central College. The annual event brings over 100 Iowa high school students together to engage ...

Be an advocate — Fight against sexual violence

Sexual violence is prevalent around the world and right here in our community. It’s a problem we all must address and the first step is becoming an advocate. No one except the perpetrator is at fault for an act of sexual violence. However, we all play a role in how our culture views these ...

Thank you for your service, Marshalltown Police

Between the aftermath of an EF-3 tornado and more than one unthinkable tragedy, the last year has presented challenging situations for the Marshalltown Police Department. The officers and leaders in the MPD have all stepped up to keep the community safe and give residents peace of mind. Each ...

Local lawmakers make strides toward children’s mental health reform

Democrats and Republicans at the Iowa Capitol don’t see eye-to-eye on every issue, but the parties have set aside partisan politics when working on framework to improve mental health care. Sen. Jeff Edler, R-State Center, has been advocating for improvements to children’s mental health this ...