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Please wear masks

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 ...

Pay attention to Tupper’s articles, columns

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 ...

Killing history is a losing strategy

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

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?

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 ...

Care received at UnityPoint was excellent

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 ...

Change a life, be a foster parent

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 ...

Ernst and Grassley should boost SNAP

Iowans have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Thousands of Iowans have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table. Months into this pandemic, about 134,000 Iowa households — including 98,000 children ...

Vote in person Nov. 3

I completed and returned the U.S. Census 2020 information by mail many months ago. In fact, I returned it by mail just two days after I received it. I even watched my mail carrier collect the completed form from my mailbox. Since then, I have received more than seven notices by mail saying I ...

Wearing a mask sign of respect

The “Greatest Generation” endured hardships that are unfathomable to Americans today - 675,00 Americans were lost during the Spanish flu pandemic which began during 1918. Shortly thereafter, the Great Depression was followed by World War 2. During that war more than 400,000 American ...

Reed will be huge asset for Marshall County

As a state a in this area, I’ve worked with Tony Reed over the last few years in his role as executive director of the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center. I’ve found Tony to be a great person to work with. Tony’s work at the detention center has made him very knowledgeable in many ...

We request inclusive curricula at East Marshall

We, as East Marshall Alumni, current students, parents, and faculty respectfully write to ask East Marshall CSD to take action. We request that East Marshall CSD craft a comprehensive elementary, middle and high school curricula inclusive of Black history and, specifically, a curriculum that ...

Be sure to vote in person

I completed and returned the U.S. Census 2020 information by mail many months ago. In fact, I returned it by mail just two days after I received it. I even watched my mail carrier collect the completed form from my mailbox. Since then, I have received more than seven notices by mail saying I ...

Vote for Halverson makes good common sense

Even though the General election is a few months away, people may be thinking about using absentee ballots due to COVID-19 rearing its ugly head and not going anywhere fast. Here in Grundy County we have the unique opportunity to elect as our District 1 supervisor one of the most dedicated ...

What will the school year look like?

President Trump recently gave advice to schools pondering what their school year should look like, “Schools must open in the fall and resume in-person learning. I will cut federal aid if schools don’t open.” He added, “countries like Germany, Denmark, and Norway reopened schools ...

Radio upgrade needs to happen soon

As fire and EMS chiefs for each of our respective communities, we recognize the Marshall County VHF radio and paging system is failing and has reached its end-of-life. This is the opinion of the Marshall County Fire Chiefs Association, EMS Chiefs, and the radio system owner and operator, RACOM. ...

Please support Marshalltown trails

As written in the July 15 edition of the Times-Republican on page A3, there was an article regarding the $13.7 million general obligation bond that is to be used to fund seven projects in the city — one of which is the recreational trail replacement. All of use who use the trail have not ...

We need to develop empathy concerning cultural racism

As people who want justice in the black community we need to develop empathy concerning cultural racism. Sojourner was born a slave but in 1827, she became an abolitionist. In 1851, Sojourner spoke at a woman’s right convention after a clergyman said women should not be entrusted with ...

Thank you Marshalltown

As July 19 gets closer, we recall, with gratitude, the people of Marshalltown. We lived at the Embers and were without a home. Passing other residents we heard about the generosity of the Willows. We managed to secure a room there and quickly picked up a few items we thought we would need, ...

United Way Golf Tournament a great success

On behalf of the Marshalltown Area United Way we would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported our golf tournament on June 26. Due to the generous support of our community we raised approximately $8,200. A huge thank you to Gary Schaudt and Sage Point Financial once ...