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Taxpayers should be concerned

First, I want to disclose that my wife is a current team member at Iowa River Hospice. Second, I want to disclose that both of my late parents spent their final days at the Iowa River Hospice House. I have personally experienced the enormous value of the Iowa River Hospice House and its ...

Practice social distancing

Watching the new courthouse dome put in place was amazing — such planning and follow through; a time in our history. However seeing so many people bunched together watching was disappointing. I sincerely hope we do not see a huge spike of COVID-19 around April 15. Come on people, be ...

Wake up!

Well I see the dome was put onto its place yesterday on the courthouse. Unfortunally 100 people were side by side, watching the event, risking their lives and the people they love. I don’t understand what it is going to take the people of Marshalltown to wake up. My family used to live ...

City should honor past commitments

I understand that our City Administration has been reviewing the idea of extending Fifth Avenue past the Iowa River Hospice (IRH) home. In my opinion, the recently built housing development to the west of the IRH home was built before giving careful consideration to the requirements for streets ...

Who should we listen to?

What Republican should we listen to? Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Republicans closed the government down — schools closed, a lot of businesses closed or limiting business like restaurants only have carry out. I went to the bank and it was only drive up. Business couldn’t go ...

Slow down and enjoy your family

I think there may be at least one positive result from the recent pandemic one that we are all having to practice each day, whether we want to or not. In fact it is actually a responsibility we all have to self-isolate, which has an unintended consequence of “slowing down” of our lives and ...

Columnists provide food for thought

After reading the March 20 Times-Republican column “Coronavirus is the Chinese virus” by Ben Shapiro and March 21 Ask Augustine section by Dr. Paul A. Tambrino both employed selective memories. Regarding Shapiro, Leonard Pitts latest March 22 column “viruses do not carry passports” ...

Greetings from Gutekunst Library staff

Greetings to all of you from the new remote site of the Gutekunst Public Library! In the last week, we’ve ceased curbside service out of consideration for our staff and patrons, turned down the heat and buttoned up the building, and sent Rosie the Cat to live with library board member Buffi ...

An update for Y Members and Participants

losed, we intend to keep you informed about what’s going on at the Y and ways that you can stay strong and healthy during this unprecedented time. Check the Y’s social media channels and website for daily updates. Our management staff is in the office 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through ...

Stop panic buying and hoarding

As a longtime resident of Marshalltown it is very concerning to see the “Panic Buying/Hoarding” that is taking place not only in our area but almost everywhere in the United States. I have sent emails to several public leaders suggesting that they publicly speak out against this idiotic ...

Encourages openness of Vision Marshalltown

In the Wednesday, March 4 Times-Republican, Vision Marshalltown was featured with the headline, “Promoting Growth.” The four areas of growth mentioned were: downtown, education, housing, pride and reputation. All ambitious and worthy goals. Since its inception our town has been blessed ...

Quit hoarding toilet paper

In my experience people generally do better when they know what lays before them. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard much from our leaders lately. Chuck Grassley did advise us to listen to experts, not politicians, regarding the pandemic. Too bad he left out the part about politicians listening ...

Music of the ages

One of the benefits of living to an older age is you live through different styles of music. Most mornings I wake up humming or singing some song of long ago. My wife accuses me of making up a tune and putting my own words to it. That is only true if I forget a word or two but the music truly ...

Do not extend Fifth Avenue

You may have seen other letters or editorials regarding a proposal by the city to build an extension of South Fifth Avenue past the west side of the Iowa River Hospice Home. I want to join the chorus opposing this proposal. Our award winning hospice facility is of huge benefit to Marshalltown ...

City should utilize mission wisely

I’ve been reflecting on the Goals, Mission Statements and Values Statements of the City of Marshalltown and it’s utilization of these in dealing with various entities, including Iowa River Hospice and the proposed South Fifth Avenue extension. I present the following points for ...

Column missed the mark on socialism

The editorial published on March 3, “Socialists don’t understand business,” by Laura Hollis was a trivial and tired diatribe aimed at scaring right-wing leaning folks into fearing Bernie Sanders because of the word, socialism. Her audience does not understand the distinctions between ...

Peace and quiet is what hospice patients deserve

Iowa River hospice holds a special place in my heart and that will never change. Five years ago my mom was admitted to the Iowa River Hospice Home. At the time I had no idea where the hospice house in Marshalltown was located. I walked in blind. I had never been to a hospice house I had no ...

Upgrade communications technologies for rural fire agencies

I am the fire chief of the Le Grand Volunteer Fire Department. The department, and all the proud public servants that make up Marshall County rural fire agencies, have been trying to upgrade its outdated and dangerous land mobile radio system for years. My peers and I were disappointed after ...

Train whistle issue returns

It wasn’t too long ago a Main Street business was complaining about train noise for his rentals. Now I see in the paper where a developer wants to build a 94-unit rental complex right next to railroad tracks. I sure hope there was nothing under the table that the city will take care of ...

Road would destroy peaceful Hospice setting

People go to Iowa River Hospice to die in a beautiful, tranquil setting with loving family members and care givers at their side. The City of Marshalltown wants to destroy that peaceful setting by extending Fifth Avenue south past Iowa River Hospice within spitting distance of the back door ...