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Vernon Pries was a true treasure

November 3, 2015 On Oct. 27, Marshalltown lost one of its most dedicated art benefactors — Vernon Pries. You won’t find his name on any community building, nor will you find it on any arts and culture venue. more »»

Local news media and elections: essential for democracy

November 2, 2015 November is election time in America. Voters in many local municipalities will go to the polls soon to choose local public officials. more »»

Royal delusions?

November 1, 2015 Editor’s note: This column was originally published on the website: Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. more »»

Obama’s unholy trade policy

October 25, 2015 There's a reason Pope Francis has condemned "free trade" pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Pope Francis waxed radical on several big issues in his speech to Congress last September. more »»

Three ways Iowa is ensuring safety and justice for victims

October 19, 2015 Iowa is taking positive steps to help survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking and violent crimes. Here are three recent pieces of good news: 1. more »»

Jeb Bush blows it on race

October 12, 2015 His quip that black voters want "free stuff" is pretty rich. The Republican Party has struggled for years to attract more voters of color. more »»

A pilgrimage for love, justice, and dignity

October 5, 2015 One hundred women walked 100 miles to celebrate the pope’s message on migration. One hundred women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis to Washington. Their goal? To bring attention to the U.S. more »»

Health care isn’t a bargaining chip

September 22, 2015 Women should be free to make their own health decisions no matter what they earn or where they live. Conservatives and progressives don’t agree on much these day. more »»

Widespread support for water quality improvements

September 21, 2015 The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award was presented during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. more »»

Georgia’s educational neglect

September 14, 2015 Some schools are still separate and unequal when it comes to students with disabilities. I worked as a substitute teacher in a Newton, Massachusetts middle school a few months ago. more »»

Opportunities for Iowa and Cuba

September 8, 2015 At age 63, I wouldn’t change the years I have lived for anything. For example, in 1994 my family and I were traveling in Europe and entered the former East Germany. more »»

Property tax statement time

September 1, 2015 The property tax statements payable in 2015-2016 will be arriving in Marshall County property owners’ mailbox this wee. more »»

A new view

August 31, 2015 Similar to many of my senior generation, I have had a problem accepting the concept of same-sex marriage. My views have been fashioned over the years from a traditional perspective. more »»

What aboot Canada?

August 25, 2015 Let’s play “What if ...?” for a little bit. more »»

Sept 8: A very important date!

August 24, 2015 When we think about the future of our community and region, our No. 1 priority is education! I say this with absolutely no hesitation: it’s education that makes the “World Go Round. more »»

CIA are writing a book that will whitewash their crimes against humanity.

August 17, 2015 The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. more »»

Marshalltown: STEM capital of the world

August 2, 2015 Well maybe I am doing a bit of self-proclaiming in the headline, but this is some self-proclaiming that we can back up in Marshalltown! It was very exciting earlier this week to be at the high schoo... more »»

Trading up for a better trade deal

July 28, 2015 As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. more »»

Trump’s badmouthing deportment

July 20, 2015 The presidential candidate’s rants have galvanized Latinos of all ages, backgrounds, and political affiliations. The chips just keep falling. more »»



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