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Agricultural change is needed

Iowa’s farmers received corn subsidies in excess of $19 billion from 1995 to 2020. Much of this money rewarded farmers for unsound agricultural practices such as raising corn in the same ground year after year, plowing up waterways and leaving the ground uncovered. These practices are ...

If you build it, they will come

My mother recently fell in her home and phoned me. When I arrived, I called 911 and within a few minutes first responders from MFD and Unity Point EMTs arrived. The four people huddled around mom, gathering information and her allergies so they wouldn’t give her something her body couldn’t ...

Republicans obstructing progress

Taking into consideration the polling popularity of the COVID Relief Bill and the proposed infrastructure plan, the Biden administration seems to have touched the hearts and minds of Americans. About 70 percent of Americans approve of the COVID Relief Bill as three million Americans are ...

Riverside is like a park

I read with great interest the recent stories in the local newspaper about the devastating effect of the August 10, 2020 derecho windstorm on one of my family’s favorite places to go in Marshalltown - Riverside Cemetery. The 150 mph wind on that day ripped up trees and toppled headstones ...

Take politics out of sports

What a terrible mistake to move the All Star Game.The MLB is destroying their image as America’s pastime. I’m a die hard baseball fan ever since I was a kid. It’s pretty sad that they have to inject politics into such a great and entertaining game.They have alienated a lot of people ...

Migrant refusal is repulsive

As adoptive parents of three, we find Gov. Reynolds’ refusal to accept migrant children into the state repulsive. Unlike the lack of empathy of the governor, Iowans are a welcoming and hospitable people. The following quote of the journalist Charles M. Blow, “One doesn’t have to ...

Rush to buy guns

I am so glad Gov. Kimmie has had the rare wisdom to loosen our gun laws even more. I must rush out and buy more in order to protect myself and mine from all the gun-toting wackoos out there, including many currently holding public office.

Public library is excellent resource

In honor of National Library Week, I would like to give a shout out to the amazing staff at the Marshalltown Public Library. They have done a phenomenal job of finding new ways to make library services available to all ages during these tough times. All of this has been done while working ...

I miss Trump

I miss you President Trump. I remember not that long ago, our wonderful country was energy independent for the first time ever. When you left, the pipeline was immediately shut down, putting thousands of workers out of jobs. You had made a good argument for trade and security for Mexico, Canada ...

Climate alarmist — relax

I would like to respond to John Clayton’s article on climate crisis. He said we must trust science to solve the climate problem. Can science rope the wind? Can they plug volcanoes? Can they tie a knot in the tail of a tornado? Can they stop the hurricanes from pushing water onto the shore? ...

Stop bad bills

Last summer, after statewide protests, Gov. Kim Reynolds promised action to address racial profiling by police as she signed the More Perfect Union Act. So, what has she delivered since then? Nothing. Reynolds and elected leaders from both parties have chosen to double down on anti-Black ...

Don’t pass climate change legislation

John Clayton’s opinion piece about how we must act now to fight climate change is like most climate scare tactics. He lists “historic fires in California and Colorado, record rainfall flooding at Houston and river flooding in Iowa.” What year do we not have “historic” weather events? ...

Hoffman — firm, fair, friendly

I am not a resident of Marshall County. I have spent over half my working life in Marshalltown and retired from the sheriff’s office after close to seven years as a correctional officer. I was hired by Jail Administrator Steve Hoffman. His mantra to me as a new officer consisted of three ...

The climate crisis

Science has been explaining to us, ‘we must act,’ for the last fifty years. Up until now, we’ve not been serious in mitigating and adapting to climate change. We have no time to remain passive observers; waiting for some automatic trigger, as a cue to act. Economic damage world-wide, ...

Lack of knowledge

Have you noticed people living in the US stating that “America never was that great” By doing so they expose their lack of knowledge of American history. One great thing the U.S. did in the early 1960s was as part of the Alliance for Progress, pour $359 million along with $128,500,000 ...

Support for Joel Phillips

I am writing to express my support for appointing Joel Phillips to the role of Sheriff. I have personally known Joel for about 20 years. I knew him as a fellow farmer in the community before he and I both started working at the Sheriff’s Office. He comes from a farming background where ...

Supporting biodiesel makes economic sense

As a Marshall County farmer, I consistently look for ways to improve the health of the soil on my farm. This in turn contributes to the health of my family and ultimately the health and wellbeing of consumers in our area. The environment and the effects of climate change are often seen in ...

Great to see Coliseum saved

My memories are from the 50s and girls and boys county basketball tournaments there. High schools from Clemons, State Center, Liscomb, Albion, Lamoille, Rhodes, Melbourne, Van Cleve, Laurel, Gilman, Ferguson, Dunbar, LeGrand, Green Mountain and . . . be my time . . . St. Anthony were included. ...

Electoral college is necessary

Replying to the letter to the editor on March 11 concerning democracy government and the Electoral College. Number one — the United States has a republic form of government. Webster’s Dictionary describes a republic as a state in which the sovereign power is vested in representatives ...

We will miss Hoffman

Thank you Sheriff Hoffman. We, who know you and your family, know the integrity, caring and professionalism you’ve shown over the past years. You took over the sheriff’s department that was run well, and continued making improvements as the years showed more changes needed to be ...