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Branstad wrong on mental health facility closures

January 21, 2015 Every Iowan should be upset that Gov. more »»

Don’t build new, re-use

January 15, 2015 Today I was talking to an old friend and neighbor. The subject of the new hospital, fire station and the police department were mentione. more »»

Condemn purveyors of bigotry and hatred

January 15, 2015 Our world has seen far too many tragedies in recent years — killings in Paris, at schools and various other places. There are a variety of factors which led to these terrible events. more »»

There Branstad goes again

January 15, 2015 In his Condition of the State address, Gov. Branstad again spoke against bullying. It seems hypocritical. He apparently thinks it only impacts young people in school and on the internet. more »»

Benefit a great success

January 13, 2015 JOB VERY WELL DONE to the many people that organized the benefit for Stephanie and Greg Keen! The benefit on Jan. more »»

Raise the gas tax

January 13, 2015 Coming legislature is talking about fixing Iowa roads, either by raising the gas tax or having toll roads. more »»

Thank you Marshall County

January 12, 2015 Retirement has started and it’s time for me to thank all of you great Marshall County folks for the great support you gave me while I was Marshall County Treasurer for 24 years and the four years I... more »»

Freedom of the press in France and the U.S.

January 12, 2015 We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom fo the press. more »»

Per diem money to support police?

January 12, 2015 Recently I attended the town hall meeting at the Marshalltown Library with Sen. Grassley. A number of interesting topics were brought up by members of the audienc. more »»

A job well done!

January 10, 2015 Over the past several months it has been my honor and pleasure to work with a lot of amazing people on behalf of the Marshalltown Area United Way and in connection with the United Way’s annual... more »»

Conjecture and lies

January 3, 2015 While visiting Marshalltown during Christmas I happened upon an editorial “There they go again” by syndicated columnist Erick Erickson. more »»

It’s time to diversify our ag production

January 1, 2015 I read Miriam Pemberton’s article regarding the collapse of Russia’s petroleum based economy in the Dec. 28 edition, and it prompted this response. more »»

A pocketful of lives

December 30, 2014 I carry a treasure trove of people in the pockets of my suit jackets and coats. I didn’t intentionally start this habit but it shows how I think about people who have passed from earth, to eternity. more »»

A brighter new year

December 27, 2014 How did we allow the “GIFT of our Founding Fathers slip away?” They gave us a Republic that had never been experienced before in the world, to the extent that it doesn’t anywhere resemble that Gift. more »»

A healthy new year

December 27, 2014 It‘s time for New Year‘s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is still our fork. more »»

Thank you from Upward Basketball

December 20, 2014 Upward Basketball recently completed its 14th season in Marshalltown with a record number of 330 children participating. more »»

Intolerant of my intolerance

December 18, 2014 Now that the “Not In Our Town” Brown-shirts are now an official government agency, I guess we’ll all have to click our heels and give the salute of unquestioning obedience. more »»

A musical gift

December 10, 2014 Thanks to the Central Iowa Choral Society, choir members, conductor Janet Collison and organist Chad Mussig for their presentation of George Fredrick Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. more »»

Clean water should be a priority

December 9, 2014 As our water continues to get more and more polluted, only a handful of our elected officials are stepping up and taking action to begin holding polluters accountable. Last week, state Rep. more »»

Body cameras prevent mistreatment

December 8, 2014 The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future... more »»



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