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Please reflect on Roe v. Wade

Jan. 22 marks the anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision. I pray that everyone, no matter what side of the issue they are on, take time to think about the impact that decision has had on pregnant women, fathers, grandparents and our American society. I think that we can all ...

Trump must be impeached

To Sen. Grassley, I am writing today to plead with you to please hold Donald Trump accountable by supporting impeachment. He has tried to throw democracy “under the bus” so that he can stay in power, with his false claims of an illegal election. You have to know that there is not one iota ...

Swamp creatures are vicious

During the last four years we have seen what happens when an outsider comes in to drain the swamp - the swamp creatures become brutal and vicious. It doesn’t matter if you have a D or R behind your name. The swamp creatures don’t like it when you try to change their scam. It is pretty ...

Capitol riot similar to Night of Broken Glass

Shame on the comments in the T-R Jan. 11 editorial “Worst day for Trump, Trumpists” by syndicated writer Pat Buchanan , thoughts by Rep. Dean Fisher on Jan. 12 and the Jan. 13 letter “Case of riotous chaos “ by Richard Hill of Marshalltown. Pat never mentioned the death of the ...

People need to be held accountable

After four years of playing Santa Claus with trillions in tax giveaways and trillions more spent on propping up farmers and corporations, you can hear Republicans already chanting “We have to cut back on spending. The debt is getting too big. We can’t leave a debt for our grandchildren.” ...

Good thing about alt-right

I can say one good thing about Trump and his alt-right supporters — Many had previously considered we environmentalists as “radical.” Now we appear calm, cool, considerate and downright cerebral.

Country before party

I would like to join Iowa Democratic Minority Leader Todd Prichard in calling for all the Iowa Lawmakers to join together in unity to heal our state. Over 4,100 are Iowans dead out of 300,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, but the Iowa Legislature has no mask mandate. Governor Reynolds did not ...

More Independents needed

How can our nation reform matters we face with the two party system? George Washington warned the framers of such a system that will only create division. With an Independent President and an all Independent Congress we could actually make some real progress. Also, the words power and ...

Impeach Trump again

Impeach Trump again and convict him of inciting insurrection, even if it happens after the inauguration. Remove him from office, and bar him from ever holding office again. Support and vote for the censure and expulsion of those Senators and Representatives that contributed to the madness ...

Case of riotous chaos

The big wigs got a taste of riotous chaos in the people’s house in Washington, D.C. and they didn’t like it. But when the riotous mobs attacked the state houses, police stations and burned down people’s businesses, that was OK with Pelosi and Schumer because they never came out and ...

Promise to listen to, work with everyone

I have been honored to serve as the First Ward representative to the Marshalltown City Council for the past three years. Thank you for putting your trust in me and I appreciate getting to know my constituents as we have worked together. We have worked through a tornado, a pandemic, a derecho, a ...

Emergency Food Box appreciates community support

As we begin 2021, the Emergency Food Box Board on behalf of the volunteers and clients says thank you to the Marshall County community for the generous support during 2020 and the pandemic. The Emergency Food Box is so grateful for being supported by such a strong hunger-fighting community. ...

Congress should pass motorsports act

I have been a fan of all types of motorsports since I was a child. It is an integral part of our unique American culture. One that should be allowed to continue. I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, H.R. 5434/S. 2602. The bipartisan RPM ...

Spiritual war going on every day

Recently, I was asked if I had a favorite Christmas. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two holidays that bring families together. One childhood memory comes to mind. In the 1940’s we moved to Seattle from Iowa; my parents both had jobs there, hoping to help win the war. The whole world had to ...

Lost dog at Christmas

When I was in seminary, in 1953, and out in Maryland, and just newly married, Eileen and I were traveling back to Iowa for a Christmas break. I was driving our 1940 Pontiac and the windshield wipers were not working very good. So in Marion, Ohio, I stopped and got out of the car. At that ...

Trump, GOP actions un-American

John Beisner Ames Our President and his Republican minions have demanded secretaries of state in several states throw out all absentee ballots in order to reverse Biden’s victory. Those secretaries of state, poll workers and election officials are reporting death threats. Armed mobs have ...

Please come together, wear masks

I would like to extend my gratitude to Mayor Greer for taking the unpopular but necessary action on mandatory masks. Much has been written on this topic, but those who oppose masks tend to focus on the benefit for the uninfected person who wears the mask. It is true that the person wearing ...

Stop invoking fear

I believe it is about time for the Times-Republican to reevaluate its role in society. The time has come for the publication to hire actual journalists, unbiased journalists. I stopped regularly reading the publication due to the high level of personal opinions that littered each and every ...

Thank you Iowa Hospice

Until the evening of Oct. 17, my mother was living in her own home in Melcher-Dallas. She would have turned 94 this coming January. That evening she became ill and was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines at about 5 a.m. on Oct. 18. As my siblings and I sat with her, her condition ...

Conservative Republicans are hypocrites

What is democratic government if not a structure set up to serve the well-being of the people? Is it not meant to serve the “common good” and to protect the welfare and safety of the public? Governments are called upon to intrude upon lives for the sake of our general welfare in many ways, ...