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  • The hunt for black family history

    Maybe you’ve seen those commercials pushing Americans to “discover their stories” by digging into their family histories.
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 9:42 am
  • God car

    Sharon Bortz, of Mt. Pleasant, talked to God as she corralled her old car into the auto-parts store for a computer check, “Please, God,” she said, loo ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 9:42 am
  • Disposable mentality prevails

    Concerning the Annex building — looks like the same mentality of the Newton Community School District — don’t bother maintaining existing buildings, t ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 9:42 am
  • Column: Hearts and flowers

    Allow me to be sentimental for a moment. I am a huge romantic. Give me a good romance novel, a sapp ...
    Feb. 23, 2017 - 10:06 am
  • Kurt Cobain’s legacy

    Monday marked what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday, had his life not ended tragically in 1994.
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:26 am
  • How presidents shape their administrations

    President Trump, we’re told by his greatest advocates, will bring much-needed change. Why not merely ignore his rhetorical failings, his unsurpassed e ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:24 am
  • To save Main Street, tax Wall Street

    All too often these days, large U.S. corporations and Wall Street banks seem more interested in tapping overseas markets than in growing a customer ba ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:24 am
  • Hand me the spoon

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Feb. 23, 2016I am by all accounts not the best cook. ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 10:52 am
  • First date with Russia

    America, having spent Valentine’s Day 2016 alone, was searching for a soulmate.America’s been talkin ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 9:48 am
  • Flag on the play: In defense of the judiciary

    No matter your political beliefs, there can be no doubt that we are living in incredibly polarized times. Friends and family, whether Republican, Demo ...
    Feb. 21, 2017 - 9:47 am
  • Repeal! No, wait!

    Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating.I understand why ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • Agnes Patterson fields need sidewalks

    First off let me say that our parks in Newton are awesome — the improvements done recently and the planned improvements are great.
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • A sad day for Iowa public workers

    It was again a very frustrating week at the Capitol. The “tweaking” of collective-bargaining that was promised by Republicans turned into a complete g ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Column: Home sweet home

    Sometimes you just need some time at home to recharge your batteries. Not home where laundry, dishe ...
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • Good books

    Editor’s note: This column originally published April 8, 2016I recently received an email notifying ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9:49 am