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The blame game

I hear Republicans blame Democrats for illegal immigrants in Iowa getting government money. The governor in Iowa is a Republican. The Iowa House and Iowa Senate are controlled by Republicans. So explain Republicans how can it be Democrats fault when you Republicans control everything? When are ...

Train whistles and squeaky wheels

Marshalltown is a town whose economic lifeblood will forever be connected to the rails that run through it. Anyone living here, visiting here or investing here knows and accepts that truth. So I find the current conversation about rail whistle noise remediation entertaining as if it were a new ...

Choose to follow God

Looking over my desktop, I see many pieces of paper with notes scribbled on them. Those notes indicate hours of data collecting; mostly about Biblical matters. I keep thinking that I ought to clean up the place but as soon as I do, there is an old man living here who just adds more clutter — ...

Why add another hog-buying facility

Why would we want another hog buying facility? The one we have has an unpleasant smell half-way across Marshalltown. A northeast wind would affect the workers at Lennox and others and a northwest wind could affect those fishing on Sand Lake.

Bullet-proof backpacks?

Bullet-proof backpacks? Abject foolishness. One of these might stop a bullet from a small caliber firearm, but certainly would be of no benefit in the event of a serious shooter. Parents who buy these backpacks are teaching fear. Far better would be a daily recitation of, “Though I walk ...

UnityPoint must align itself with community needs

During a recent media interview, I was asked to comment on the closing of Marshalltown’s UnityPoint Obstetrics Unit and Women’s Health Clinic. Visions of welcoming each of my four children and eight grandchildren into the world raced through my head. I held each one of them for the first ...

Thank you to our Marshalltown community

Marshalltown Municipal Band, and all its members, wish to thank the Marshalltown community for supporting our concerts throughout this 2019 season. In March, we were welcomed by the Iowa Veterans Home, for a concert in their Malloy Dining Hall following the evening meal. It is always a pleasure ...

Concerns over sidewalk/bike path project

I write with concerns for the sidewalk/bike path project planned for 12th Avenue. The concerns are for the safety and the number of residents that would utilize a sidewalk/path on the east side of 12th Avenue. It seems that nearly 100 percent of Marshalltown residents within this Anson to ...

Red Bull Bench fundraiser a success

A special thanks to the Times Republican staff for the wonderful write up on the World War II National Guard Red Bull Bench which appeared in the paper and also to our local merchants and citizens for their financial support! Because of you we have reached our $900 goal and these brave young ...

Secularism is inhuman

Secularism is defined as the indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations. Secularism seems to be a growing cultural philosophy in our country today, a belief that our society should be based strictly upon the physical world, science, pure rationalization. ...

Railroad ‘Quiet Zones’ would move Marshalltown forward

Marki and I are writing in strong support of our mayor, city council and city administrator with their project that is leading the way for “Quiet Zones” on the Union Pacific Railroad track crossings in Marshalltown. We have been watering the Main Street flowers every day this week. We ...

13th Street Cruise In a success

The 13th Street District Board would like to thank JBS and Independent Insurance Services for sponsoring Cruise-In and Eats - Inaugural 13th Street Fundraiser. The event was a tremendous success. Our goal was to get 35 vehicles and to our delight we ended up with 72 cruise cars and trucks. A ...

Central Iowa Fair Open Class always improving

More than 340 exhibits were displayed in the 2019 Central Iowa Fair Open Class Competition. More than 60 exhibitors from around the area shared their many talents. Residents of Grandview Heights, Accura and the Iowa Veterans Home were able to participate. We would like to thank Mary and ...

Thanks for supporting ‘Amy’s Arbor’

Shortly before noon on June 9, 2017, a co-worker and cherished friend was abruptly taken away from us. Mrs. Amy R. Sanders, a beautiful wife of Aaron and loving mother of Izaiah, Savanah and Camden lost her life in the line of duty at the intersection of Church and Center Street in Marshalltown ...

Terrible conditions for immigrant children are appalling

rible conditions the immigrant children are experiencing in Texas, Florida and other states. This whole situation has been so poorly handled from the beginning. In many cases, we don’t even have an accurate count of how many children are being held or such basic information as their ...

Citizen Police Academy is eyeopening

I recently had the honor and pleasure of attending Marshalltown Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy and came away with some very strong impressions. First, our community is very lucky to have Chief Mike Tupper as the leader of our police department. He is clearly a progressive, ...

Marshalltown Police go above and beyond

I recently visited the Marshalltown Police Department with a question about an incident that occurred on July 4. Due to a mishap in communication at the station, we ended up waiting for much longer than we should have. The officer that assisted us was very helpful in answering my question and ...

Justice provides opportunity to repent

In the Bible there are scriptures about judgment, judging and being just. Ever since man’s failure in the garden, God has been at work getting the attention of humans. Judgment comes because we need to know the correction of God’s justice. In John 9:39, Jesus says that for judgment, he has ...

Limelight Leadership Academy brings entrepreneurial spirit

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Valley Community College District, WIOA Title I and IowaWORKS partnered together for the 2019 Limelight Leadership Academy, our third annual program. The week-long event focused on self-employment and entrepreneurship, where young adult participants ...

Cowboys in the sky a success

On May 18 & 19, we held the 17th Annual Sid Roseland Calf-roping and Steer Wrestling “Cowboys In The Sky” Event at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds. It was a success, and we would like to thank the following people for their support: Kendall & Janice Thompson, Pam Kunze, David Herbolt, ...