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The MPD deserves our praise

January 26, 2015 In my column in Sunday’s edition, I noted the news of the past two months in Marshalltown has dominated the headlines locally and around the state. more »»

Grassley assumes major new role

January 20, 2015 With Republicans now the majority party in the United State Senate, all of that body’s committees are now chaired by members of the GOP. more »»

Giving thanks today

November 27, 2014 When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, And I fall asleep counting my blessings. more »»

The fight is not over

November 23, 2014 “I don’t think it ends here. I think it’s too important an issue for us to let go. more »»

The power is in your hands

October 28, 2014 Election Day 2014 is one week away and if you haven’t already cast a ballot, now’s your chance to make your voice heard. more »»

Elect Blum, Ernst

October 25, 2014 Washington, D.C. could use some new blood and two new members to Iowa’s Congressional ranks is a good way to start. more »»

Re-elect Branstad

October 24, 2014 The race for governor really has not been much of a contest. Forget the poll numbers, it’s clear that state Sen. Jack Hatch just doesn’t have any credible answers to Gov. more »»

Our carriers really do deliver

October 11, 2014 Today is International Newspaper Carrier Day, a day set aside to recognize the tremendous efforts of the men and women who work diligently to get the newspaper to our readers. more »»

Thank you, Oktemberfest board

September 30, 2014 A year’s worth of planning culminated in four days of fun for thousands of people during Marshalltown’s Oktemberfest this past weekend. more »»

Sick leave should only be used when you’re sick

July 2, 2014 Sick leave is considered such an important benefit that Congress passed a Family Medical Leave Act (more commonly known as FMLA) in 1993. more »»

‘Ghetto’ school comments way off base

June 29, 2014 While trying to make a point on where he thinks school funds should go, Marshalltown School Board member John Johnson called Anson Elementary School a school “from the ghetto” during a meeting this... more »»

Letters could make new hospital even better

June 15, 2014 Do you have 10 minutes to spare to help those in the area who may be impacted by cancer in the future? Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center leaders sure hope you d. more »»

Marshalltown emerges as STEM leader

March 16, 2014 The collaboration of Marshalltown leaders in our schools and businesses is paying off. more »»

Expand law to prohibit adults from serving alcohol to minors

March 2, 2014 This week lobbyists rallied for a state law prohibiting adults from hosting events where alcohol is illegally consumed by underage peopl. more »»

Lawmakers must address bullying this session

January 12, 2014 Legislators will return to the statehouse this week to myriad agendas and priorities which will impact the future of Iowan. more »»

Marshall County would be remiss to sell farmland

December 1, 2013 The $2 million dangling carrot that could make its way to Marshall County for the sale of farmland needs to be examined. more »»

City should continue to serve those facing natural disasters

November 3, 2013 Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Director Terry Gray this week suggested the city stop its practice of providing sandbags for flood protection assistanc. more »»

Let’s give Vietnam vets the thanks they deserve

September 22, 2013 When they returned home, they were rejected by our country. They faced verbal and sometimes physical assaults. They were spit upon and humiliated. more »»

City’s aging fire, police buildings need attention

August 18, 2013 The Marshalltown City Council made a good move hiring a consultant to explore the space needs of the police and fire department. more »»

IVCCD wise to include community in Orpheum decisions

July 28, 2013 This week Iowa Valley Community College District leaders made a smart move by exploring options for the Orpheum with community stakeholders. more »»



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