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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 ...

Do not ignore factory farm abuse

hysical torture of animals in Iowa’s industrial confined animal buildings has been reported and ignored in our supposedly humane state. This involves chickens, turkeys, cattle and in the largest part, pigs, who are known to have mental and emotional capacities at or above that of our beloved ...

Grassley runs mouth

Eighty-seven-year-old Chuck Grassley works? He is against raising the minimum wage but he also gets over $100,000 a year for running his mouth on the Senate floor. Let’s see these Congressman and Senators work for $10 an hour and have to use a time card for their work.

Work together to strengthen families

In response to JIm Lamb’s letter that appeared in the Times-Republican on Jan. 27, I too ask for a plea for empathy. As a person who believes in the value of every life, it is easy for me to empathize with anti-abortion activitists. But I do not support a return to the criminalization of ...

A plea for empathy

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. COVID-19 teaches empathy. We need not go far to place oneself in another’s position. We or someone we ...

Please reflect on Roe v. Wade

Jan. 22 marks the anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision. I pray that everyone, no matter what side of the issue they are on, take time to think about the impact that decision has had on pregnant women, fathers, grandparents and our American society. I think that we can all ...

Trump must be impeached

To Sen. Grassley, I am writing today to plead with you to please hold Donald Trump accountable by supporting impeachment. He has tried to throw democracy “under the bus” so that he can stay in power, with his false claims of an illegal election. You have to know that there is not one iota ...

Swamp creatures are vicious

During the last four years we have seen what happens when an outsider comes in to drain the swamp - the swamp creatures become brutal and vicious. It doesn’t matter if you have a D or R behind your name. The swamp creatures don’t like it when you try to change their scam. It is pretty ...

Capitol riot similar to Night of Broken Glass

Shame on the comments in the T-R Jan. 11 editorial “Worst day for Trump, Trumpists” by syndicated writer Pat Buchanan , thoughts by Rep. Dean Fisher on Jan. 12 and the Jan. 13 letter “Case of riotous chaos “ by Richard Hill of Marshalltown. Pat never mentioned the death of the ...

People need to be held accountable

After four years of playing Santa Claus with trillions in tax giveaways and trillions more spent on propping up farmers and corporations, you can hear Republicans already chanting “We have to cut back on spending. The debt is getting too big. We can’t leave a debt for our grandchildren.” ...

Good thing about alt-right

I can say one good thing about Trump and his alt-right supporters — Many had previously considered we environmentalists as “radical.” Now we appear calm, cool, considerate and downright cerebral.

Country before party

I would like to join Iowa Democratic Minority Leader Todd Prichard in calling for all the Iowa Lawmakers to join together in unity to heal our state. Over 4,100 are Iowans dead out of 300,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, but the Iowa Legislature has no mask mandate. Governor Reynolds did not ...

More Independents needed

How can our nation reform matters we face with the two party system? George Washington warned the framers of such a system that will only create division. With an Independent President and an all Independent Congress we could actually make some real progress. Also, the words power and ...

Impeach Trump again

Impeach Trump again and convict him of inciting insurrection, even if it happens after the inauguration. Remove him from office, and bar him from ever holding office again. Support and vote for the censure and expulsion of those Senators and Representatives that contributed to the madness ...

Case of riotous chaos

The big wigs got a taste of riotous chaos in the people’s house in Washington, D.C. and they didn’t like it. But when the riotous mobs attacked the state houses, police stations and burned down people’s businesses, that was OK with Pelosi and Schumer because they never came out and ...

Promise to listen to, work with everyone

I have been honored to serve as the First Ward representative to the Marshalltown City Council for the past three years. Thank you for putting your trust in me and I appreciate getting to know my constituents as we have worked together. We have worked through a tornado, a pandemic, a derecho, a ...