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County official lied about interaction with Stew Hansen

My name is Kevin Stover. I am the commercial and fleet business manager for Stew Hansen Dodge. I had a very unpleasant discussion with Dave Thompson which has led to a series of events, and an outright lie being told by Dave. I watched the Feb. 9 Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting. ...

Has the system failed us?

Has our political system failed us? For most of our country’s history and especially during recent decades, our choices have been basically restricted to only two political parties. Over time, this has caused an increasingly divided and ineffective government and a dangerously widening gap ...

More training, education needed

Assuming you could find a person, single, working full time at $7.25 per hour without dependents, standard deduction only, their annual income would be $15,080 with a federal income tax obligation of $268 and a net income of $14,812. Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, again, without ...

Pass a motorsports protection act

I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a racecar used exclusively at the track. Modifying a vehicle into a racecar is an integral part of America’s ...

Liking tone of bipartisan effort

In the Feb. 7 paper, I saw a letter that I believe we all can agree with. I don’t know Susie Petre, but I sure agree with her that we spend too much money electing officials when it was like our Iowa Senate race. We spent $240 million on that race alone. Another article that I liked was the ...

Please help child care

As a child care provider in Marshalltown, I’m excited to see how child care has become a focus for the Iowa legislature. My message to my lawmakers is this — keep moving child care legislation forward! Before COVID-19, we had a child care crisis. In rural and urban Iowa, child care had ...

Please read Grabar’s book

According to the publisher’s blurb on the back cover of Mary Grabar’s recent book, “Debunking Howard Zinn: Exploring the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America,” Zinn’s book, “A People’s History of the United States,” has sold more then 2.5 million copies. ...

We have a new political party

I would like to say I consider myself an Independent because I vote for who I think is the best candidate. I am registered as a Democrat because I wanted to vote in the Iowa caucus. It is even more obvious to me since the general election in 2020 we have a new political party. I would like to ...

Sheriff should submit resignation

Many questions have been raised with respect as to how can Sheriff Hoffman effectively perform the rigorous requirements of two full-time jobs. Marshall County residents deserve a full-time dedicated sheriff. Let’s revisit the timeline of events. Sheriff Hoffman was sworn into office as the ...

UnityPoint provides great care

We received great care in the ER at UnityPoint from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Feb 6-7. The correct tests were performed which revealed an unknown problem, referral and transport took place to get us needed services and all is well. Thank you, local medical facilities and personnel.

Many questions about sheriff in 2 counties

On Feb. 9, the Polk County Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of a new employee in the Sheriff’s Office. His name is Steve Hoffman, and he was hired with a respectable taxpayer funded salary of $141,786 per year. There’s just one problem, Mr. Hoffman already has a job as the sheriff ...

God help our country

Keep up the good work, Biden, you fossil. You are doing a bang-up job. You will have our country so screwed up that we might be past the point of no return. We will be so far in debt that we will never get out of debt. God help us.

‘School Choice’ is wrong for Iowa

Iowa Senator Jeff Edler representing us in District 36 has voted to raise our property taxes and decrease the quality of public education in Iowa, but the bill has not passed the Iowa House, yet. Edler voted in favor of Senate File 159 “School Choice” (taxpayer-funded private education). ...

Let’s get America working again

During her recent visit, Rep. Ashley Hinson shined a light on technical education, and the role community colleges play in training today’s students for tomorrow’s careers. Hinson spent time with the gas technician students in particular, many of whom will receive job offers from around the ...

Please watch ‘Absolute Proof’

We are living in a country where doing what we are told to do, almost without question, is becoming commonplace. We cannot be passive about truth, faith, or our freedoms. We need to stand up and speak out, even if there is a cost for doing so. Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, is standing for ...

Oppose Vilsack’s nomination

Tom Vilsack’s nomination as secretary of agriculture does not belong within Joe Biden’s progressive agenda. Vilsack has served as governor of Iowa, secretary of agriculture under President Obama, and chief lobbyist for the dairy industry. His candidacy is opposed by a vast coalition of ...

Bill would prevent 1619 Project in classrooms

Thankfully Trump’s Republican right wing coup failed but the perpetrator Trump remains unpunished. With a huge percentage of Republicans still believing that the election was stolen by Democrat skulduggery and since I have not seen a huge public display of outrage from Republican religious ...

Hinson should place focus on jobs

I read with some interest that our new Congresswoman, Ashley Hinson, visited MCC recently and toured the facility to the obvious delight of the chancellor and other college staff. They were flattered and responded very positively to her visit, “after only a month in office.” Curiously, ...

Some articles worth noting

Thank you for printing the following articles recently. I wish to note them and add comments. “Outdoors today,” Feb. 7; Gary Brandenburg plainly describes earths climate cycles. In the next to last paragraph he accurately describes politicians attempts to distract the public into ...

Republicans need to do what is necessary

Newly elected Congresswoman Hinson is going to fit in very nicely with Iowa’s Republican delegation as she is, of course, sounding the alarm about federal spending. I realize she wasn’t there with her Republican cohorts who, for the last four years, said nothing about the overspending by ...