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If allegations of favoritism, interference are true, we expect swift punishment

February 23, 2008 Federal Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson has been accused several times of using his agency for political purposes and interfering improperly in local housing projects in several locations. more »»

Clinton’s health care scheme attacks you

February 21, 2008 George Orwell may have chosen the wrong gender for his arch-villain in the novel, “1984.” To judge by comments made by Sen. more »»

Bush’s budget isn’t innovative unless it trims some major fat

February 19, 2008 In unveiling his $3.1 trillion budget proposal recently, President Bush referred to it as “innovativ. more »»

McCain would do well to remember how he got into the driver’s seat

February 19, 2008 Mitt Romney’s decision to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination for president seems to leave Sen. John McCain in the driver’s seat. more »»

City streets should be in list of council’s top projects for coming year

February 16, 2008 The Marshalltown City Council earlier this week released its list of goals for the coming year as well as a list of ongoing goals it hopes to see addressed. It’s a good list. more »»

Bank employee’s fraud scheme must be warning to U.S. banks

February 14, 2008 If the gigantic French bank at which Jerome Kerviel worked is correct, the 31-year-old securities trader was involved in a truly breathtaking scheme. U.S. more »»

Congress may again prove it’s all talk, No action

February 10, 2008 During the last year of his presidency, Ronald Reagan waged a two-prong strategy to solidify the gains of his administration: He pushed the Soviet Union to make real arms reductions and set the stag... more »»

Road runs directly into Washington’s earmark culture of waste

February 8, 2008 Coconut Road near Fort Myers looks like any other concrete ribbon near housing developments, golf courses and shopping malls in this state’s booming southwest. more »»

What really happened to John Edwards’ campaign?

February 8, 2008 He was back again on Wednesday, never so eloquent as in withdrawing from the Democratic race for the presidential nomination. more »»

What would she do without politics?

February 8, 2008 A friend of mine once speculated that if Hillary Clinton is defeated in the primaries, she would then divorce Bill and take him to court for his multiple infidelities. more »»

Wanted: A solution — and a way to pay for it

February 3, 2008 There’s a controversial issue brewing at the Marshalltown City Hall. Marshalltown is lacking in sidewalks. That’s not the issue. more »»

Taxpayers deserve answers for $40 million NASA ‘conflict’

February 2, 2008 Shortly after the start of the new year, NASA announced that it will delay sending a space probe to Mars for two years and expects the cost of the mission to increase by $40 million because of an... more »»

Governor needs to be upfront about what his bottle bill really is: another new tax

January 27, 2008 Apparently, Gov. Chet Culver needs a lesson in correct word definitions. The governor wants to change the state’s bottle deposit law, and he wants to keep some of the money to boot. more »»

Any deadline to withdraw U.S. troops in Iraq only aids enemy

January 26, 2008 President Bush, prodded by reporters covering his trip to the Middle East to reveal plans to bring some U.S. troops home from Iraq, took precisely the right position. more »»

Americans need reminder to be better prepared for disasters

January 24, 2008 Enormous sums of taxpayers’ money — in the billions of dollars — are being spent to repair damage from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and to prepare that city for the next big storm. more »»

Will the ‘real’ Hillary please step forward?

January 20, 2008 Post-New Hampshire, whose primary has a long record of correcting the anomalies of the Iowa Caucuses, the storyline from St. more »»

Congress should repeal silly tax, show they’re not greedy

January 19, 2008 Every parent of growing children knows how expensive shoes can be, especially when a new shoe that fits today seemingly may be outgrown next wee. more »»

NASA needs a reminder that it serves the people, not itself

January 17, 2008 NASA finally has released some information it obtained in a survey of about 8,000 pilots — but only after an outraged public demanded that it do s. more »»

The Times-Republican encourages members of the Iowa Utilities Board to approve the power plant plan

January 13, 2008 Members of the Iowa Utilities Board gather in Marshalltown this week for a hearing on the proposed new Alliant Energy power plan. more »»

If it weren’t for the holiday break, we might be reeling from even more Congresssional earmarks

January 6, 2008 Members of Congress have been out of Washington for the Christmas-New Year’s holiday, so our wallets are safe for a few more days until Congress reconvenes on Jan. 2. more »»



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