• Your holiday guide to avoiding slave labor

    Pope Francis got into the holiday spirit this year by calling on shoppers not to buy products made by modern-day slaves.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:49 am
  • Thanks, thanks, thanks

    Liz DoddNewtonThank you to the Newton High School wrestlers and their coach who willingly helped loa ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • Serving in Iowa’s Interest

    Almost two years ago I announced I was not going to seek a sixth term in the United States Senate. That decision and announcement did not seem all tha ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:50 am
  • Keep talking, Andrew Hawkins

    Last Sunday, before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland wide receiver Andrew Hawkins walked out on the pregame ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:50 am
  • It’s the time of year to be with the ones you love

    My good buddy Mikey always has something up his sleeve. When invited over for cocktails or an intimate gathering, he always walks up my apartment step ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • JCCA brings in high quality performances

    By Gabriel SwersieIt is during this time of year we gets a bit more nostalgic than other times. We s ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:01 am
  • ‘Redeployment’ by Phil Klay

    I can’t recall ever reading a book of short stories where the first-person narrator is a different person in each story. Yep, Phil Klay did it. Typica ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:01 am
  • Appreciates Mat Maids coverage

    Kelli SkaggsNewtonI just finished reading the article Jocelyn Sheets wrote about the Newton Mat Maid ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:46 am
  • Newton community helps those in need

    Judy WittenbergNewtonI’ve read several great articles about how our community helps each other, and ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:46 am
  • Do we need more problems?

    Sheri PherigoNewtonAs I read the letter in the paper by Scott Miles, who supports the Dakota Access ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:46 am
  • When the Spice Girls make you feel old

    “Fame! I’m gonna live forever!” Some of us will recognize that line, especially if we were already a ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:52 am
  • Hairy parenting

    “It’s as if your son has done a complete 180.”And so it begins. My life as a parent in principals’ o ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:20 pm
  • A trip to see the big guy

    Like a lot people who have children, my husband and I made the trek to Bass Pro Shop to visit Santa with our two little girls. We have been doing this ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • Neighborhoood schools are proven system

    John McNeerNewtonDuring the public open forum related to future Newton Schools reconfiguration recen ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • Heroes can do anything they want, right?

    Right now, here in America, I think that if you shoved a firefighter while he was fighting a fire, and then he beat you to death with a pipe wrench, h ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:10 am
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