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Centuries ago, there was a man walking in Jerusalem. He received a command to go “Down” to Syria and meet with a man that he saw along the roadside. That man was Philip, but the person in need was a Gentile, or one who was not a Jew — he was an official of the Ethiopian government. As ...

Food house vandalized

Vandals struck our little food house at First United Church of Christ, 204 S. Fourth Ave. for the second time. This time they took it clean out of the ground - pole and all - and smashed it in the parking lot. It’s a really sad situation because there is a big need for that food in our ...

Healthy civilization is our challenge

I am old enough to remember the terrible atrocities that occurred during World War II. There were 80 million people who died in that war. My brother, Lester, was fighting in the South Pacific on the battleship U.S. Iowa. Like a hawk, I read the newspapers, praying for my brother and the war ...

Funding for MFD, MPD training and assets

Regarding “Community input sought on art” in the Thursday, Sept. 12 edition: According to the article Marshalltown has an extra $55,000 to spend on art at the new police and fire facility. Since the men and women of the MFD and MPD risk life and limb every day on the job, the extra ...

Congress should fund community health centers

Healthcare is often seen as a divisive topic in this country, especially as the healthcare system moves to one that’s focused on patient needs, with greater access, higher quality and lower costs. However, there is one program with longstanding bi-partisan support that is already providing ...

Annual Tiger Days Golf Outing approaches

As a long-time professor at Marshalltown Community College and a long-time mediocre golfer, I would like to invite any golfers in the area to play in the 52nd Annual Tiger Days Golf Outing at the American Legion Golf Course on Sept. 5. This is a great, fun-filled day of activities and the ...

Thank you Marshalltown

On Aug. 26, the Marshalltown Police Department began the official move into the new fire and police building. What a beautiful building it is. The list of people directly responsible for planning and designing this project is too long to mention here. The list of people who worked tirelessly to ...

The blame game

I hear Republicans blame Democrats for illegal immigrants in Iowa getting government money. The governor in Iowa is a Republican. The Iowa House and Iowa Senate are controlled by Republicans. So explain Republicans how can it be Democrats fault when you Republicans control everything? When are ...

Train whistles and squeaky wheels

Marshalltown is a town whose economic lifeblood will forever be connected to the rails that run through it. Anyone living here, visiting here or investing here knows and accepts that truth. So I find the current conversation about rail whistle noise remediation entertaining as if it were a new ...

Choose to follow God

Looking over my desktop, I see many pieces of paper with notes scribbled on them. Those notes indicate hours of data collecting; mostly about Biblical matters. I keep thinking that I ought to clean up the place but as soon as I do, there is an old man living here who just adds more clutter — ...

Why add another hog-buying facility

Why would we want another hog buying facility? The one we have has an unpleasant smell half-way across Marshalltown. A northeast wind would affect the workers at Lennox and others and a northwest wind could affect those fishing on Sand Lake.

Bullet-proof backpacks?

Bullet-proof backpacks? Abject foolishness. One of these might stop a bullet from a small caliber firearm, but certainly would be of no benefit in the event of a serious shooter. Parents who buy these backpacks are teaching fear. Far better would be a daily recitation of, “Though I walk ...

UnityPoint must align itself with community needs

During a recent media interview, I was asked to comment on the closing of Marshalltown’s UnityPoint Obstetrics Unit and Women’s Health Clinic. Visions of welcoming each of my four children and eight grandchildren into the world raced through my head. I held each one of them for the first ...

Thank you to our Marshalltown community

Marshalltown Municipal Band, and all its members, wish to thank the Marshalltown community for supporting our concerts throughout this 2019 season. In March, we were welcomed by the Iowa Veterans Home, for a concert in their Malloy Dining Hall following the evening meal. It is always a pleasure ...

Concerns over sidewalk/bike path project

I write with concerns for the sidewalk/bike path project planned for 12th Avenue. The concerns are for the safety and the number of residents that would utilize a sidewalk/path on the east side of 12th Avenue. It seems that nearly 100 percent of Marshalltown residents within this Anson to ...

Red Bull Bench fundraiser a success

A special thanks to the Times Republican staff for the wonderful write up on the World War II National Guard Red Bull Bench which appeared in the paper and also to our local merchants and citizens for their financial support! Because of you we have reached our $900 goal and these brave young ...

Secularism is inhuman

Secularism is defined as the indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations. Secularism seems to be a growing cultural philosophy in our country today, a belief that our society should be based strictly upon the physical world, science, pure rationalization. ...

Railroad ‘Quiet Zones’ would move Marshalltown forward

Marki and I are writing in strong support of our mayor, city council and city administrator with their project that is leading the way for “Quiet Zones” on the Union Pacific Railroad track crossings in Marshalltown. We have been watering the Main Street flowers every day this week. We ...

13th Street Cruise In a success

The 13th Street District Board would like to thank JBS and Independent Insurance Services for sponsoring Cruise-In and Eats - Inaugural 13th Street Fundraiser. The event was a tremendous success. Our goal was to get 35 vehicles and to our delight we ended up with 72 cruise cars and trucks. A ...

Central Iowa Fair Open Class always improving

More than 340 exhibits were displayed in the 2019 Central Iowa Fair Open Class Competition. More than 60 exhibitors from around the area shared their many talents. Residents of Grandview Heights, Accura and the Iowa Veterans Home were able to participate. We would like to thank Mary and ...