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One-way street position is important

City Council candidate Gary Thompson recently left a message on our phone, stating his position on downtown one-way streets. Thompson was very emphatic in stating that, “There is no reason for any one-way street downtown.” Perhaps he forgot about how you might drop off a letter at the post ...

I have a dream too

During his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” delivered on Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. stated: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their ...

Here we are Lord, send us

Eight hundred years before Christ, Isaiah was having an intense conversation. God had called him to “stand forth and hear the sordid history of the Jewish people.” It appears, according to heavenly wisdom, that animals knew their place in life but humans did not. (V. 3-4). God’s ...

Donations build Melbourne Library ramp

The Friends of the Melbourne Public Library and the Melbourne Public Library would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of our supporters throughout the state. The below foundations and trusts provided monetary support so we could replace our dilapidated ramp, deck and stairs. We have ...

Vote ‘Yes’ for the Iowa Valley Bond Issue

Please vote yes for the Iowa Valley Bond Issue. You might ask what is there for me in this bond issue. Students is the answer and students are the future. We all have a vested interest in the success of our students who are primarily from the MCC area and stay local after completing their ...

Problem with Public Option

Americans like to believe we have choices. Nice, but not always reasonable. The Public Option, a plan where one can keep the health coverage they have or obtain government insurance if they want, has been touted as the best “compromise” between a Single Payer System and that of our ...

Write-in candidates for City Council

After reading City Council meetings in the local paper, I then go to Facebook and get the rest of the story. I search for Mark Eaton’s post. When reading his post, I see he asks a lot of questions and gets very few answers at council meetings. Eaton lives in the fourth ward and some of the ...

Vote ‘Yes’ to the IVCCD bond referendum

On Nov. 5, the voters who live in the area served by Iowa Valley Community College District will have another chance to approve a $32 million General Obligation Bond. The bond failed to reach the required 60 percent majority by only a handful of votes earlier this year. The proceeds of the bond ...

Grassley representative to hold open meetings

I represent Senator Grassley in 21 counties across Central and South Central Iowa. Part of my job is to hold annual open meetings in each county to listen to concerns and take opinions about specific issues, along with helping Iowans with personal issues and requests. This can range from ...

When will Congress start working for Americans?

We have a supposed serious issue involving the president and we have a genius like Adam Schiff who starts out a serious hearing with a parody, really? He tries to fool people in to thinking something that isn’t there. He is an absolute disgrace to this country and should be ashamed of himself ...

Thank you La Carreta

Due to the generosity and support of the local business, La Carreta Mexican grill, teachers at Lenihan Intermediate School were treated to a taco bar with all the fixings during their late night of conferences Thursday night.

World poverty is real

As a supporter of the Borgen Project, I want to explain the importance of supporting increased funding to the international affairs budget. Specifically, I want my congress leaders Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Cindy Axne to know what I, their constituent, is wanting. I urge you ...

Wasted opportunity

Most anyone who has had a life event bring them to the top two floors of the Marshall County Courthouse knows that the experience can be stressful, intimidating and, very often, life-altering. Decisions made in the courtrooms of Marshall County have the ability to deprive individuals of their ...

City Government only works if you are involved

For over 26 years the Marshall County Pachyderm Herd has been providing a service to the community through its weekly luncheons every Friday over the noon hour currently at Legends American Grill. At these luncheons the community has been provided special and personal access to the movers and ...

Threading through small treasures

Between the mid-1880s to about 1920, ordinary thread came boxed in a series of small treasures that today are rare collectibles. Today, a definite array of these small, round, square and even fan-shaped little containers can be found in the small town of Kalona, a place the 19th century never ...

Approved ‘day off’ for students was misdirected

I was saddened by the major media hype over the misdirected youth getting an approved “day off” from school to protest supposed man-made global warming. I’m sure many of the youth went along with the game simply to hang out with friends and not be in a classroom. Their motivation comes ...

Quiet zone is key to developing quality of life

The recently completed Downtown Master Plan was professionally developed to drive forth efforts to make our downtown an attractive place to live, work and play. The destruction from the 2018 tornado has provided us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to build an incredible downtown district. ...

‘Inclusion’ lead to Boy Scouts fallout

Where does raising a white flag in the battle over your core values lead to? Ask the Boy Scouts of America. After throwing up their hands on 103 years of conviction, the group may finally be learning that standing on principle isn’t easy. The fight to live out their beliefs has been an ...

Thank you for supporting Harvest Market

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Marshalltown community for your recent support of the Harvest Market held Friday, Sept. 13 on 13th Street. With beautiful weather we were thrilled to see over 1,500 attendees who enjoyed live music performed by Dave’s Little Big Band and ...

Thank you, Marshalltown, for your support of Christian education

Thank you, Marshalltown, for your support of Christian education and your investment in the lives of students. The recent Marshalltown Christian School Fall Picnic was a huge success, and appreciation is given to Premier Realty, Diemco, and Edward Jones for sponsoring the bounce houses, which ...