Opinion

Recognizing local law enforcement

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On May 13-19, the Marshalltown Police Department will be celebrating National Police Week. May 15 is National Police Officer Memorial Day. This is an excellent time to reflect upon those law enforcement professionals who have given their lives in protection of our communities across the United ...

Traffic safety is imperative

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Someone recently observed that Marshalltowns population is declining. There are many more reasons than lack of housing. I will put just one forward. I hear it from dozens of people every week. It will help keep current residents here as well as making our town more attractive to ...

In the Legislature

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Another busy pro-Iowa, pro-growth year in the 87th General Assembly has come to a close. A big promise was kept for Iowans. This session the legislature passed historic tax relief for Iowa taxpayers and families. Iowa has the fourth highest top individual tax rate, and that top rate is ...

Help them help themselves

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Dear Dave, My parents have always been bad with money, and recently they lost their home to foreclosure. They found another place to live, and they both work, but since the foreclosure my dad has been asking me for money on a regular basis. He tries to make me feel guilty, and he calls or ...

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Since there is no cooking by moms today, I have some easy recipes for children and dads. Cheesy Mac and Franks 6 oz. dry elbow macaroni 4 frankfurters, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 3/4 lb. Velveeta, cubed 2/3 c. milk 2 tsp. prepared mustard 1/4 tsp. pepper Cook macaroni according to ...

Happy Mother’s Day

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Editor’s note: At the request of our readers, we are pleased to reprint this amended column originally published on May 10, 2015. Over the years, I’ve struggled to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. It’s been an ongoing battle for the past 50 years and while I’ve come close, I ...

Jim Wares: The case for impeachment of my brain

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I learned that once upon a time, long, long ago, about an hour, I believed with everything I am in this one unassailable certainty … that I eat so much because I need the strength to cook. Now, it's a hard, hard thing for me to realize I have been so very wrong. It's a painful thing. It's ...

Kelly Van De Walle: A research guide to mothers

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It should come to no surprise to regular readers that while I have ample parenting expertise and provide sage wisdom to children that they giddily ignore, I have little experience being a mother, the result of having a little too little equipment in one area an excess of another. However, I ...

No deal with Iran; energy markets explode

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President Trump announced on Tuesday that the United States was withdrawing from the multilateral nuclear accord between the U.S., Iran, Russia, China and European allies, maintaining a campaign promise. He also announced that his administration would impose harsh sanctions on Iran, which could ...

Freeing Predators to Bilk Little People Hurts Everyone

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The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Draining the Food Stamp Swamp

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform — and justifiably so. The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion. The Trump ...

The weight makes the eggs

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Dear Readers: Have you ever wondered what makes a LARGE EGG LARGE? Let’s look at how eggs are sized. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (www.usda.gov) has designated six sizes of eggs, and their weights: one Jumbo egg is a minimum of 63 grams; an Extra Large egg is a minimum of 56 grams; ...

Thank you for the support

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Last year when I wrote this letter, I was not sure that it could get any better. Today, I know that for this community, anything is possible! The 26th anniversary of Night of Stars was held last month to benefit Iowa River Hospice and the American Cancer Society. It was an incredible and ...

Inside the Iowa House

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Inside the Iowa House Many years ago, my great uncle purchased a grocery store in Hopkins, Mo., from a previous owner. When he and his family started preparing the store for the grand opening, they found that many of the items they thought were on the shelves were actually empty containers and ...

Thank you BCLUW school board

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The Conrad American Legion Auxiliary Unit 681 is observing May 21-25 as a time to show the BCLUW school board their appreciation. Too often these men and women are forgotten as neighbors and community members. Most school board members have full time jobs outside of being a school board ...

The Day the Iran Deal Died

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Team Obama lives in a world of fiction. As President Trump announced to the world that he would finally put a stake through the heart of the Iran deal — the signal foreign policy “achievement” of the Obama administration — Obama’s former staffers lamented, rending their sackcloth ...

Learn how to live within your means

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Q: My husband and I both work full-time. We’re having problems making ends meet, so we’re looking for better jobs. Meanwhile, we’re trying to make a little extra here and there, but it’s becoming exhausting. Do you have any suggestions? Jim: It’s a common statement: The money comes ...

We are all influential people

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There have been many books written on leadership and how to influence people. This idea can be misleading. You see, I don’t think we have to learn how to influence people. We do that every day. We have an inevitable effect on our families, friends, co-workers, members of our community, etc. ...

The exhaustion factor

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The “wall of protection” conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose opinion programs — especially Sean Hannity’s — have been staunch defenders (some critics say mouthpieces) for the president, and The Wall Street Journal, which ...