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Immigration reform critical to Iowa’s economic health

April 20, 2014 Although it is easy to associate immigration with border security alone, it is actually an issue of significance to Iowans. more »»

Volunteer educators needed for day camp

April 20, 2014 We are in the final stages of developing an exciting experience for youth in Marshall County, the Community Youth Teaching Garde. more »»

Factory farms ruin quality of life

April 13, 2014 Factory farms stink and it’s not just the smell. There have been 728 manure spills in Iowa since 1996 and Iowa now has 630 polluted waterways. more »»

Tyranny, oppression in the U.S.

April 13, 2014 At what point do we as citizens of the United States of America say enough is enough? When has government crossed the line and become a tyrant? Is it when government no longer secures the rights of... more »»

Finding remedies for inequality

April 13, 2014 On April 3 the T-R published an opinion piece entitled “The Myth of Inequality. more »»

Lawmakers turning their backs on aging, disabled

April 13, 2014 “The True Measure of Any Society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” – Gandhi If this statement is true, then Iowa would surely be judged very poorly at present in its... more »»

Reasonable people must govern our country

April 8, 2014 Democrats are idea politicians not tactical problem solvers. They throw sticky legislation at the wall of government. more »»

April is National Car Care Month

April 8, 2014 Many vehicles were neglected during the recent brutal winter months and could use a little extra care by now. more »»

Time for smarter spending at our schools

April 6, 2014 On the front page of the March 18 Times-Republican a story about a purposed school tax increase appears. A few years ago the school district spent millions on school additions. more »»

‘Noah’ attacked as unfaithful to the Bible

April 6, 2014 TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. more »»

Youth need education in healthy parenting

April 6, 2014 In my role as a child advocate and former foster parent, I meet victims and learn of experiences that highlight the tragic and horribly profound impact resulting from child abuse and neglect through... more »»

2014 Bowl For Kids Sake a success

April 6, 2014 Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters held its annual Bowl For Kids Sake event on March 1 and March 8 at the Marshalltown Totem Bowl. more »»

We should take cae of grieving Iowa families

April 1, 2014 We have an opportunity to once again show the nation our quality of life. A bill has been written to help grieving Iowa families who have lost a child. more »»

Iowans deserve the truth about secret settlements

March 30, 2014 Branstad discloses more secret settlements in 12 different state agencies on his return from vacation. more »»

Let’s come together on religious issues

March 30, 2014 Just responding to your column by Paul A. Tambrino in the Jan. more »»

Branstad has been in office too long

March 30, 2014 Terry Branstad and I have a lot in common. We’re both 67-year-old white males, native Iowans, raised on family farms and registered Republicans. We both attended the University of Iow. more »»

Get a fresh start with a healthy diet

March 30, 2014 After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom. more »»

Borrowed time

March 29, 2014 One of the shows I watch is the History Channel — when they are not talking about religion, that is. It seems that Biblical truth seldom agrees with human wisdom coming from their programming. more »»

STEM relegates humanities to second-class status

March 25, 2014 The March 16 Times-Republican editorial praises the Marshalltown school district as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, but neglects to mention other... more »»

Community support continues for K-9 unit

March 25, 2014 On March 18-20, The Marshalltown Police Department K-9 Unit hosted the State of Iowa United States Police Canine Association’s annual Narcotic Detector Dog Certification and Tracking Dog... more »»



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