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Thank public school system for education

After listening to so much disagreement about who is to blame for all the current issues in our country today, particularly schools, I felt compelled to put a few random thoughts onto paper. Foolish leaders are blaming either the left or right for everything rather than working out a ...

RBG’s death is relevant

With all due respect for the passing of Justice Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there are many tributes. Upon admiring her strength for some time and even purchasing her workout book, it’s important to me to share a few thoughts. For many who experience this somber day and think — other than ...

Thank you for keeping me safe

Thank you to law enforcement personnel and staff, fire fighting personnel and staff, medical workers, school personnel and staff, veterans. Because of you and many others, I am able to enjoy a safe, good life.

Trump playing down virus is good thing

In the Sept. 16 Times-Republican, Connie Schultz’s article on another revelation, another layer of grief. She blames President Trump for down-playing the virus. I am glad he did, even with playing it down, there was a rush on buying up just about everything in the supermarket. It took ...

Sin has consequences

You citizens of Chicago, are you ready for round two? I am Rev. Charles Abraham Albin. One week has passed since I stood here and preached about a loving God who wants you to be part of His kingdom. I want to tell you of His plan of salvation for all mankind - all who would choose it, that ...

Thank you for supporting Alliant Energy

Our purpose is to serve customers and build strong communities, and it guides our work every day. Just over one month ago - following the derecho storm on August 10 — our purpose truly came to life. The storm brought devastation few have ever seen in the Midwest. More than a quarter of a ...

Pharmaceutical industry threatens access to prescriptions

As our country faces both a public health and a looming economic crisis, access to affordable prescription drugs is more important than ever. Unfortunately, as drug prices continue to rise, the pharmaceutical industry is attempting to dismantle one program that ensures access to low-cost ...

Choose life in November

When you vote there is only one choice you can make — life or death. One party supports life, the other party supports death. There is no other issue that is more important in this election. It is what and how we will live from this day on. Do you think that the candidates who do not ...

Elect Biden for better COVID-19 plan

The Trump administration, Governor Reynolds, Joni Ernst and Republicans seem to have settled on a national strategy for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Fauci, a physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases since 1984, has ...

Blackcloud excellent choice for representative

Christina Blackcloud is running to be our state representative. Voters need to know more about her before giving their support. Her credentials are remarkable and impressive. She holds two BA degrees - one in business management and administration and the other in human resources. She ...

Reed amazing man and choice for representative

My name is Greg Nennig. I have multiple sclerosis. I have been a neighbor of Tony Reed for over two decades. I’ve had two trees in my front yard that blew over due to straight-line winds about seven years ago. Tony cut them up and hauled them away. He has always helped me and always helped ...

How long will Ernst stay silent?

Senator Ernst — How does it feel to be called a “sucker” and a “loser” by the president? Any chance you’ll call out this guy for denigrating and disrespecting current and former members of the military, especially those uniformed men and women who perished in their service to our ...

We are blessed to have law enforcement

Almost every week, I see on TV an incident where a police officer pulled someone out of a burning car, or an officer helped revive an infant which had stopped breathing next to its hysterical mother. An officer helped deliver a baby one day because the couple didn’t make it to the hospital in ...

‘Open your ears’ to scripture

A very long time ago God had the necessity of making an “in your face” proclamation to his people. They had long since disobeyed his voice and each one did as they wanted. Scripture reveals a few names such as Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, but there are many names that are not. Jeremiah was ...

Speak up and save the Postal Service

Most of us frequently rely on the efficiency of the U. S. Postal Services, where a 50-cent stamp can mail a letter across the nation in just a few days. Well, not anymore. Our postal service is now another target of Trump cronyism and chaos. In June, Pres.Trump appointed one of his major ...

What risk level should we accept?

President Trump, interestingly, decided it’s too dangerous to have a Republican National Convention but it should be mandatory that all schools — except his son’s — reopen under the threat of losing federal funds. In justifying his position, he said, “Children are almost immune,” ...

Work together to make Boone better

I’m A’Ja Lyons, a Black Boone resident and one of the lead organizers of the Boone Black Lives Matter march. Boone County and Story County friends and neighbors came in droves to show that Black lives will matter in Boone. There were negative reactions, but the love shown has been louder ...

Please wear masks

I hate wearing a face mask. Absolutely hate it! The thing fogs up my reading glasses and my sunglasses so I can’t see. It makes me sweat so profusely that my carefully straightened bangs frizz up and then stick to my forehead. It smells in there. It makes my ears stick out and destroys my ...

Pay attention to Tupper’s articles, columns

It is difficult to keep an upbeat attitude during this pandemic with the restrictions imposed on our daily lives. Thus, for me it was a jolt to see Police Chief Mike Tupper’s column in the June 20 Times-Republican, “Does everyone hate us?” When he questioned everything, including his ...

Killing history is a losing strategy

Why wasn’t the federal government’s offer of National Guard help to stop the violence in some large cities accepted? Someone once said, “Never let a crisis go wasted.” Once again, we see flames of racism stoked. The mob has no right to destroy our monuments. I’ve heard that ...