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Opinion

Please drive safe this winter

Columnists

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, I continue to be thankful for the wonderful fall weather we have enjoyed. However, like it or not, winter weather will soon be upon us. That means winter weather driving conditions. The Weather Channel website lists several tips regarding winter travel and ...

Why Iowa’s elections were successful

Columnists

Over the last four years in the Senate we have passed common sense election reforms to ensure that your vote is secure. With the presidential election remaining in the news for last several days, now is a good time to review the important election reforms recently implemented in Iowa. These ...

Marshalltown More Than Ever

Columnists

On behalf of the city of Marshalltown, Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce and Vision Marshalltown, we’d like to share with you the new Marshalltown tagline. What is the reason for our story? Our objective was to focus in on the Marshalltown story. We noticed that people struggled to ...

Richard Pendroy, Vietnam Veteran

Columnists

Soft music plays constantly in Rich and Pat Pendroy’s home in Monroe, and in his man cave, which is in the rear of the garage that they converted to a workshop. Rich doesn’t say it, but the soft music helps calm his nerves that are frazzled from the explosions and gunfire he went through in ...

How you can help veterans every day

Columnists

As the nation celebrates our 17 million living veterans, it is also important to know that the number of these heroes who are ending their own lives prematurely is rising. In the general population, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death, but among veterans with PTSD, it’s fourth. ...

Bring faith and belief into your lives

Your View

Given on a Chicago street corner in 1934 by Charles Albin: Thanksgiving is just around the corner, urging us to call family and friends to our table. Jeremiah had this task of speaking to a nation of longtime-sinners. They would rather do harmful things to others than to do good for anyone. ...

It’s the temperament talking

Columnists

When it comes to comparing my children’s temperaments, my son is the easy-going child and my daughter the slow-to-warm child. Typically present at birth, a child’s temperament helps understand how they approach or react to the world around them. Temperament ...

No longer the Democratic party of JFK

Columnists

In this current era of no compulsory military service, Veterans Day takes on personal meaning to fewer and fewer Americans. When the country transitioned to a voluntary military in 1973, about 1 percent of the population served on active duty. Today, it is less than one-half of 1 ...

Focusing on well-being to decrease stress

Columnists

We are all doing our best to navigate living in the midst of a pandemic. We are being pulled in many directions, not always knowing where we are going, why we are going there, and once there, realizing that we are expected to be everything to everyone. Can you relate? This is overwhelming and ...

Trumpism deflates into history

Columnists

When Pennsylvania was called, the world heard a quick boom, followed by the pffffffffft of a deflating presidency. Suddenly, the angry, paranoiac tweets that used to scare so many because, after all, Donald Trump was president, lost their menace. The air was escaping even before Joe Biden was ...

Mask mandate needed in Iowa

Your View

We’re in the midst of a pandemic with Iowans testing at a 48 percent positivity rate, Marshall County testing at a 20 percent rate and hospitalization numbers setting records. The White House Coronavirus Task Force issued a report to Iowa in October noting “many preventable deaths in the ...

I guess God isn’t a Republican

Columnists

Think back to one year ago this month. America was at peace. American troops were coming home from the hotspots around the world. Incomes and jobs were skyrocketing, and Americans had made more wage and salary gains in three years under President Donald Trump than in the previous 16 years under ...

Trump lost popular vote

Your View

Donald Trump said he was robbed because he wasn’t reelected. Trump lost the popular vote by around 4 million votes, which also cost him the electoral college. Should we have the electoral college to elect other government officials? That would give the person who loses the popular vote a ...

Iowa River Hospice provides quality care

Your View

When curative care turns to comfort care please consider your choices of hospice provider carefully. You do have a choice in hospice care and all hospices aren’t the same. We are the only local hospice, founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of volunteers that saw a need and worked diligently ...

Please protect Iowa River Hospice

Your View

I grew up in Marshalltown and knew Charlie, Mid, and Lisa Lander very well. From the first capital campaign request in 2007, I realized that Lisa Lander Holmberg, Kris Johnson Geiger and Carmi Trullinger Olson were going to easily fulfill Mid Lander’s dream of a Hospice Home in ...

Why is it so hard to stop overprotecting kids?

Columnists

Why are today’s kids allowed to do only a fraction of the things their parents did — and loved? Less than 10% walk to school. Tree forts seem few. A 2018 study (albeit British) found kids play outside just half the time their parents did. What gives, and what is this doing to them? Those ...

Return of the shingles

Columnists

I had the shingles 10 years ago, plus the shingles’ vaccination. I should be good to go, right? Evidently not. The skin on my right side started burning and tingling. I took a look and did not like what I saw. The red bumps looked exactly like the shingles I’d had previously. How could ...

The woke lose

Columnists

On Tuesday night, the American people spoke. They spoke with millions upon millions of voices to produce the greatest presidential election voter turnout in over a century. And they sent a variety of messages, most of them quite positive. Voters rejected the prevailing narratives of a media ...