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Grassley representative to hold open meetings

I represent Senator Grassley in 21 counties across Central and South Central Iowa. Part of my job is to hold annual open meetings in each county to listen to concerns and take opinions about specific issues, along with helping Iowans with personal issues and requests. This can range from ...

When will Congress start working for Americans?

We have a supposed serious issue involving the president and we have a genius like Adam Schiff who starts out a serious hearing with a parody, really? He tries to fool people in to thinking something that isn’t there. He is an absolute disgrace to this country and should be ashamed of himself ...

Thank you La Carreta

Due to the generosity and support of the local business, La Carreta Mexican grill, teachers at Lenihan Intermediate School were treated to a taco bar with all the fixings during their late night of conferences Thursday night.

World poverty is real

As a supporter of the Borgen Project, I want to explain the importance of supporting increased funding to the international affairs budget. Specifically, I want my congress leaders Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Cindy Axne to know what I, their constituent, is wanting. I urge you ...

Wasted opportunity

Most anyone who has had a life event bring them to the top two floors of the Marshall County Courthouse knows that the experience can be stressful, intimidating and, very often, life-altering. Decisions made in the courtrooms of Marshall County have the ability to deprive individuals of their ...

City Government only works if you are involved

For over 26 years the Marshall County Pachyderm Herd has been providing a service to the community through its weekly luncheons every Friday over the noon hour currently at Legends American Grill. At these luncheons the community has been provided special and personal access to the movers and ...

Threading through small treasures

Between the mid-1880s to about 1920, ordinary thread came boxed in a series of small treasures that today are rare collectibles. Today, a definite array of these small, round, square and even fan-shaped little containers can be found in the small town of Kalona, a place the 19th century never ...

Approved ‘day off’ for students was misdirected

I was saddened by the major media hype over the misdirected youth getting an approved “day off” from school to protest supposed man-made global warming. I’m sure many of the youth went along with the game simply to hang out with friends and not be in a classroom. Their motivation comes ...

Quiet zone is key to developing quality of life

The recently completed Downtown Master Plan was professionally developed to drive forth efforts to make our downtown an attractive place to live, work and play. The destruction from the 2018 tornado has provided us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to build an incredible downtown district. ...

‘Inclusion’ lead to Boy Scouts fallout

Where does raising a white flag in the battle over your core values lead to? Ask the Boy Scouts of America. After throwing up their hands on 103 years of conviction, the group may finally be learning that standing on principle isn’t easy. The fight to live out their beliefs has been an ...

Thank you for supporting Harvest Market

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Marshalltown community for your recent support of the Harvest Market held Friday, Sept. 13 on 13th Street. With beautiful weather we were thrilled to see over 1,500 attendees who enjoyed live music performed by Dave’s Little Big Band and ...

Thank you, Marshalltown, for your support of Christian education

Thank you, Marshalltown, for your support of Christian education and your investment in the lives of students. The recent Marshalltown Christian School Fall Picnic was a huge success, and appreciation is given to Premier Realty, Diemco, and Edward Jones for sponsoring the bounce houses, which ...

Response to Mr. Pitts column

Wow. Journalists should be issued body armor. We read Leonard Pitts’ column “Trump’s anti-journalism hit squad” in the Sept. 1 Times-Republican. A long time ago, Napoleon said three mad newspaper editors were worse than bayonets. Journalism will keep rolling on, hand held digital to ...

The POTUS sweepstakes

The POTUS sweepstakes are underway and we’re amid the usual lip service given by politicians who promise us all free ponies and economic nirvana. Bernie Sanders is no different from most, but he’s arguably the most annoying and vacuous. Let’s fisk one of Bernie’s favorite talking ...

Striving for a healthy civilization

I am old enough to remember the terrible atrocities that occurred during World War II. I am almost 91 years old. There were 80 million men, women and children who died in that never forgotten war. Also, let us not forget, the devastation that occurred with mother nature. My brother, Lester, was ...

Do you know what you are reading?

Centuries ago, there was a man walking in Jerusalem. He received a command to go “Down” to Syria and meet with a man that he saw along the roadside. That man was Philip, but the person in need was a Gentile, or one who was not a Jew — he was an official of the Ethiopian government. As ...

Food house vandalized

Vandals struck our little food house at First United Church of Christ, 204 S. Fourth Ave. for the second time. This time they took it clean out of the ground - pole and all - and smashed it in the parking lot. It’s a really sad situation because there is a big need for that food in our ...

Healthy civilization is our challenge

I am old enough to remember the terrible atrocities that occurred during World War II. There were 80 million people who died in that war. My brother, Lester, was fighting in the South Pacific on the battleship U.S. Iowa. Like a hawk, I read the newspapers, praying for my brother and the war ...

Funding for MFD, MPD training and assets

Regarding “Community input sought on art” in the Thursday, Sept. 12 edition: According to the article Marshalltown has an extra $55,000 to spend on art at the new police and fire facility. Since the men and women of the MFD and MPD risk life and limb every day on the job, the extra ...

Congress should fund community health centers

Healthcare is often seen as a divisive topic in this country, especially as the healthcare system moves to one that’s focused on patient needs, with greater access, higher quality and lower costs. However, there is one program with longstanding bi-partisan support that is already providing ...