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Emergency Food Box appreciates community support

As we begin 2020 the Emergency Food Box Board on behalf of the volunteers and clients says thank you to the Marshall County community for its generous support during 2019. Each year the board is overwhelmed with gratitude as they look back at the previous year and prepare for the new year. ...

In support of Marshall County livestock farms

My family and I farm near Marshalltown where we raise hogs and corn. As a family, we’ve been improving our conservation and stewardship efforts for six generations and intend to keep improving our land for my children and future grandchildren. I’ve had conversations with people asking if ...

Authoritarianism is fermenting

Since 1965 fighting for family farms and workers, I realized the underlying threat to democracy was the impulse of nations towards authoritarianism or fascism. I sensed that authoritarians would destroy all elements of human solidarity. Fear, confusion and division was their modus operandi to ...

Trickle-down dried up 50 years ago

Just a few small examples of the obscene advantages enjoyed by the wealthy in our country. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon (a company I frequently use in order to save gas money re. shopping), who has an estimated worth of $110 billion dollars and paid no taxes, has nearly completed his newest ...

Random act of kindness

While visiting Marshalltown on the morning of Jan. 14, I witnessed the most wonderful act of kindness. As we were parking our car on Main Street, I saw an elderly gentleman inching his way across the street in slushy and icy conditions. He hesitated with each step, assessing the condition ...

Let the factory farm bill come to a vote

Representative Dean Fisher, Iowa House District 72, is holding up a House debate on a bipartisan bill. The bill will end the further construction of factory animal confinements until the state government fixes the current pollutant mess. Legislative support comes from scores of House ...

United Way campaign a community success

Our United Way campaign has come to a close and we want to personally thank everyone for your participation and investment in our community. Your generosity has helped us to reach our United Way Campaign goal of $780,000. We are proud that, once again, this community came together to support ...

The cost of salvation

Many years ago I worked for Fisher Controls. As I was securing two units together with a large hammer and chisel, a burr spun off and pierced my arm. It was a burning, painful wound. As soon as it hit, blood spurted out of a severed vein. As I made my way to the nurse’s office she took one ...

Is timing right for a library expansion?

The T-R recently published an article informing the public that head librarian Sarah Rosenblum would present details to the city council of a proposed expansion to the buildings north side by way of adding a multipurpose room to “better meet youth programming needs and increased demands for ...

All for naught

Senate will vote and Trump will be stronger than ever, because America is Great thanks to his administration. Wait until 2020 and see how it goes. He did it against a dozen so called politicians and defeated Hillary who thought she had it made in the shade. Charge the circus to Democratic ...

What I have learned this past month

The Council can take money from the general storm water fund to fix High Street, freeing up funds bonded for the Police Station for the purpose of fixing the storm water problems on High Street. They can then reallocate that money to furniture and a drone, both of which are non-vertical ...

Sad to lose Central Iowa Square Club

I was sad to read in the Times-Republican that the Central Iowa Square Club just closed the door. My husband, Jim Connley was the first president and old doc Willard Marble was vice president as we first formed the club back in the 1950s — so it has been around awhile. The YWCA and YMCA ...

What’s wrong here?

On Thanksgiving, I read about a new law passed that will apply to all 5O states and the 16 U.S. territories. The law basically says that causing pain or serious bodily injury to any living nonhuman mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians is a crime and could result in a fine and up to seven ...

Release impaired waters report

Finally, we know why the Department of Natural Resources has been delaying the 2018 impaired waters report: Since 2016, Iowa’s water has gotten worse, not better. The agricultural industry is to blame and has managed to avert negative information like this from disseminating over and over. ...

Put more pupil money into elementaries

There is an excellent article in the Dec. 1 paper about Tara Klass. I don’t know her, but she sounds like a great teacher and I know most Central Iowa schools have a lot of great teachers and we should because that’s whats important for us. When Klass lists her biggest challenges, one is ...

Best customer service

If you want to go somewhere that has extraordinary customer service, go to the Wolfe Clinic frame service area. They are the best!

Watching impeachment hearings

Watching the impeachment of Donald Trump. The people that are testifying against Trump are people working in his administration. That says it all. With friends like that who needs enemies?

Christmas: Remembering the birth of a savior

he most important season of any in the world. It is the time when the world will celebrate Christmas, while remembering the birth of a child. Not just any child but the one who stepped out of the throne room of Heaven, to be our savior. Christmas starts right after Thanksgiving. Stores have ...

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 ...

A letter To Grandma

Dear Grandma, It’s been nearly 80 years since I wrote to you last. I wanted to tell you how much I love and have missed you-us Norwegians sometimes, won’t tell you what is on their heart. Remember 1937-38 when my sister, mother and I stayed with you in your beautiful country? We would ...