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  • Sounds like an (un)broken record

    I didn’t have a large record collection growing up. I don’t remember our family having a ton of extra money. We had a place to live and food to eat, b ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:40 am
  • Trump isn’t an easy decision

    Serious acrimony has now broken out among conservatives regarding whether to vote for Donald Trump.A ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:39 am
  • Surveillance isn’t colorblind

    During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. — all under the veil of proper legal process. Today, the FBI ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:39 am
  • Our first day

    Tuesday is a big day. My baby is going to kindergarten.I really thought I was ready. There are so ma ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 11:33 am
  • Horrified by Bakken pipeline

    My husband and I are horrified as we watch the Bakken pipeline going in around town. Of course, the pipeline will carry crude oil which is fossil fuel ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Things I learned on the street

    I’m a newspaper reporter for a midsize daily paper in an economically depressed Massachusetts city. While I’m not on the “crime beat,” the paper has a ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Get going Jasper County drivers

    I’m starting off by apologizing for stepping on anyone’s toes but this issue needs to be addressed. I commute every day to Des Moines and it is sad to ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • Let’s invest in 21st Century learning

    Do you remember the last time in your life that you were surprised by the need for a significant repair to your vehicle, your home or even your body? ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • A beloved river town

    When my husband launches into the story of his times in the northeast Iowa city of Guttenberg, he can get to rambling on. There are the summers of his ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Waste not, save more

    On average, each person in the U.S. throws away five pounds of solid waste each day. While many eco–conscious citizens do their due diligence to recyc ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Vice presidential prospects

    We’ve heard nonstop criticism of both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates — for good reasons. So are their running mates any better?
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • I love Malcolm Gladwell

    Inside my house in the living room is a tall bookshelf where four of Malcom Gladwell’s five books stand: “Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers” and “Dav ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 11:56 am
  • Just think about it

    Do you have any idea how difficult it is to watch your loved one get dressed for work every day when there is a target on his back? To wear a bullet p ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 11:57 am
  • Committed to community

    Last week the vital role newspapers play was thrust into the national spotlight by comedian John Oliver.
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:07 am
  • Nifty 50 class reunion

    Fifty of anything is worthy of pause, celebration and reminiscence. So it was with my 50th high school class reunion. We met, we talked, we ate, all o ...
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:06 am