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Protect life — don’t destroy it

On Jan. 22, we remembered the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision to make abortion legal in our country. What a sad day for the most vulnerable, least protected members of our society. The size of a human life, or stage of development matters not. It deserves protection ...

Iowa State Fair Corndog Checkoff tax donation program

Thank you Iowa for making the 2019 Iowa State Fair a record-breaker in so many ways. And thank you, too, for your support of the Blue Ribbon Foundation that for the past 27 years has put your generous donations to work preserving barns and buildings across the fairgrounds. From the first ...

My time in America in One Room

I had the privilege of being one of 526 people at America in One Room. This event brought together registered voters from 47 states, a mosaic of skin tones, a variety of ages, economic realities and the entire political spectrum. It was an experiment in “deliberative polling.” We each ...

Sanders voting portrays different beliefs

ie Sanders and his supporters are repeating the line that “we need to give everyone health care, we need single-payer, we need universal health care” more and more often. As if repeating propaganda makes it true. However, it seems Bernie has a major personal problem on this issue — so ...

For real change vote Sanders or Warren

A December 2019 poll in Iowa showed young people between the ages of 18-34, 6 percent said they would vote for Vice President Joe Biden, while 55 percent said they would vote for Senator Sanders or Senator Warren. If we want real change in the country, we need to vote Senator Sanders or ...

Emergency Food Box appreciates community support

As we begin 2020 the Emergency Food Box Board on behalf of the volunteers and clients says thank you to the Marshall County community for its generous support during 2019. Each year the board is overwhelmed with gratitude as they look back at the previous year and prepare for the new year. ...

In support of Marshall County livestock farms

My family and I farm near Marshalltown where we raise hogs and corn. As a family, we’ve been improving our conservation and stewardship efforts for six generations and intend to keep improving our land for my children and future grandchildren. I’ve had conversations with people asking if ...

Authoritarianism is fermenting

Since 1965 fighting for family farms and workers, I realized the underlying threat to democracy was the impulse of nations towards authoritarianism or fascism. I sensed that authoritarians would destroy all elements of human solidarity. Fear, confusion and division was their modus operandi to ...

Trickle-down dried up 50 years ago

Just a few small examples of the obscene advantages enjoyed by the wealthy in our country. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon (a company I frequently use in order to save gas money re. shopping), who has an estimated worth of $110 billion dollars and paid no taxes, has nearly completed his newest ...

Random act of kindness

While visiting Marshalltown on the morning of Jan. 14, I witnessed the most wonderful act of kindness. As we were parking our car on Main Street, I saw an elderly gentleman inching his way across the street in slushy and icy conditions. He hesitated with each step, assessing the condition ...

Let the factory farm bill come to a vote

Representative Dean Fisher, Iowa House District 72, is holding up a House debate on a bipartisan bill. The bill will end the further construction of factory animal confinements until the state government fixes the current pollutant mess. Legislative support comes from scores of House ...

United Way campaign a community success

Our United Way campaign has come to a close and we want to personally thank everyone for your participation and investment in our community. Your generosity has helped us to reach our United Way Campaign goal of $780,000. We are proud that, once again, this community came together to support ...

The cost of salvation

Many years ago I worked for Fisher Controls. As I was securing two units together with a large hammer and chisel, a burr spun off and pierced my arm. It was a burning, painful wound. As soon as it hit, blood spurted out of a severed vein. As I made my way to the nurse’s office she took one ...

Is timing right for a library expansion?

The T-R recently published an article informing the public that head librarian Sarah Rosenblum would present details to the city council of a proposed expansion to the buildings north side by way of adding a multipurpose room to “better meet youth programming needs and increased demands for ...

All for naught

Senate will vote and Trump will be stronger than ever, because America is Great thanks to his administration. Wait until 2020 and see how it goes. He did it against a dozen so called politicians and defeated Hillary who thought she had it made in the shade. Charge the circus to Democratic ...

What I have learned this past month

The Council can take money from the general storm water fund to fix High Street, freeing up funds bonded for the Police Station for the purpose of fixing the storm water problems on High Street. They can then reallocate that money to furniture and a drone, both of which are non-vertical ...

Sad to lose Central Iowa Square Club

I was sad to read in the Times-Republican that the Central Iowa Square Club just closed the door. My husband, Jim Connley was the first president and old doc Willard Marble was vice president as we first formed the club back in the 1950s — so it has been around awhile. The YWCA and YMCA ...

What’s wrong here?

On Thanksgiving, I read about a new law passed that will apply to all 5O states and the 16 U.S. territories. The law basically says that causing pain or serious bodily injury to any living nonhuman mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians is a crime and could result in a fine and up to seven ...

Release impaired waters report

Finally, we know why the Department of Natural Resources has been delaying the 2018 impaired waters report: Since 2016, Iowa’s water has gotten worse, not better. The agricultural industry is to blame and has managed to avert negative information like this from disseminating over and over. ...