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Opinion

Tax increment financing has improved Marshalltown

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Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is an economic development tool allowing public and private partnerships to help pay costs of infrastructure improvements and offer incentive for private investment. This investment leads to additional job creation and retention, new property and sales tax revenue ...

Chaneys unleashed

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Dog park, grooming, boarding, training, world class Yorkies, pigeons for dog training, wildlife habitat and prairie restoration are all part of the Chaney operation. Have I forgotten anything? Oh, yes. Muffin and Hal Chaney are nice people. Muffin’s real name is Michelle, but she’s ...

Right way to buy American? Slow and steady

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The White House may soon issue an executive order that would require drug companies to manufacture certain essential medicines here in the United States. Lawmakers in both parties are pushing for more domestic manufacturing of drugs and medical products. Proponents of these “Buy American” ...

Please wear masks

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I hate wearing a face mask. Absolutely hate it! The thing fogs up my reading glasses and my sunglasses so I can’t see. It makes me sweat so profusely that my carefully straightened bangs frizz up and then stick to my forehead. It smells in there. It makes my ears stick out and destroys my ...

Preparing for preschool during a pandemic

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Nothing about 2020 seems normal. People are all learning to adjust to a new way of life at home, in public or at work. The same can be said for children when they begin preschool in the fall. Preparing a child for a new normal when returning to school, will be essential to a successful ...

Pay attention to Tupper’s articles, columns

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It is difficult to keep an upbeat attitude during this pandemic with the restrictions imposed on our daily lives. Thus, for me it was a jolt to see Police Chief Mike Tupper’s column in the June 20 Times-Republican, “Does everyone hate us?” When he questioned everything, including his ...

Remembering Lance

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Iwas just returning home from an eye doctor appointment when I heard the news. A good friend and media colleague had died suddenly. And after reading a few comments on a Facebook post where I found out of the passing, I learned a few new things. Lance Renaud had a lot of friends. He knew a ...

‘Walk with the wind …’

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What a moment in America. On Thursday, three former U.S. presidents — George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — walked into Atlanta’s storied Ebenezer Baptist Church to deliver tributes to civil rights icon John Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80. Earlier this week, the ...

Woke whites appropriate others’ feelings

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So Trader Joe’s won’t cave into a 17-year-old’s demand that it scrub its shelves of products named in such a way as to suggest cultural origins outside the 50 U.S. states. Briones Bedell, a white high schooler from the San Francisco Bay area, gave it a try. She ran a petition to, in her ...

Supreme Court just made case for Medicare for all

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People of the menstruating persuasion: how dare you. The highest court in the land demands to know. This July, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that President Trump was right to object to Obama-era rules under the Affordable Care Act that allowed Americans who do have uteri ...

U.S. is not doing enough testing

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The U.S. has performed more coronavirus tests than any other country in the world. Yet, at the same time, the U.S. is notably underperforming in terms of suppressing COVID-19. Confirmed cases – as well as deaths – are surging in many parts of the country. Some people have argued that the ...

Killing history is a losing strategy

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Why wasn’t the federal government’s offer of National Guard help to stop the violence in some large cities accepted? Someone once said, “Never let a crisis go wasted.” Once again, we see flames of racism stoked. The mob has no right to destroy our monuments. I’ve heard that ...

Time for strong voices

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Each day we get a number of phone calls wanting us to press one if we do not want to pay for something. We do not go along with them, and they call again about another problem that we should press one, for more information. Sometimes it connects with a social security number, even a call ...

How about a thumbs up?

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Regardless of its color, the fist has long symbolized power and contention. We shake it. We hit with it. We raise it in protest. Fist-using is a self-righteous act. It’s about my power. But extend the thumb upward from that fist and you have a new symbol. Thumbs up symbolizes affirmation ...

We can have a better tomorrow

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What do we do now? It seems like I have been asking this question of myself for a long time now. Recently we all observed the two-year anniversary of an EF3 tornado that should have been more community crisis than anyone should ever have to endure. Since that July day two years ago, it feels ...

Care received at UnityPoint was excellent

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I recently had surgery at Unity Point Hospital – Marshalltown. The care I received was excellent. Doctors Wilson and Noe were very professional and understanding. They explained the procedure in terms I could easily understand. Not once did I feel hurried or rushed. I was in the hospital ...

Marshalltown schools provide exceptional response in crisis

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The Marshalltown Community School District deserves our support and respect. Officials and staff have worked tirelessly to provide students with a quality education in an extremely challenging time. Students did not return to classrooms after spring break in March. The COVID-19 pandemic ...

Change a life, be a foster parent

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The opportunity of being foster parent is to change a child’s life and change the way that they see life. It is to learn the new opportunity they have in this world - not to replace the people that have failed them but to be there and love them through their worst times and good times; mostly ...

Happy 30th birthday, ADA. What’s next?

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 30th birthday this July. Three decades ago, the ADA represented a huge step forward for the rights of people with disabilities. In 2020, I think it’s time to advance even further. The ADA offers people with disabilities the right to ...