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  • Dedicated to news

    Journalism plays an important role in our nation’s history. Would we be where we are today without the sharing of information in a mass format? The fo ...
    July 3, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • Starek: Artist, photographer and barn lover

    I was stunned by the hand-written letter from a stranger. Not only was the letter hand written (shock, shock), but the front of the envelope was hand ...
    July 3, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Pixar’s lesson for kids — and adults

    Pixar’s latest flick holds some major life lessons for kids — and adults, too.“Inside Out” takes pla ...
    July 3, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Know thy neighbor

    I have a regret. I’ve always been told not to dwell on regrets, but if I don’t learn from them, then it’s a waste of an emotion. Like many regrets, it ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • A call to action

    Jazmine BjellandNewtonRecently, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community received so ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • Personal attacks cross the line

    Rep. Dan KelleyNewtonI am honored to serve the people of Jasper County as your state representative. ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • How this opinion page works

    Recently a local elected official took to Facebook suggesting that letters to the editor from certain individuals should not be published. The post al ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • You are a part of your ‘ghetto’ town or school

    During my coverage of some recent events in various Jasper County communities, I overheard several young people talking down their own school or town.
    July 1, 2015 - 11:27 am
  • The goal of the same-sex marriage movement

    Late last week, after the Supreme Court of the United States declared without any Constitutional basis that the Constitution mandates same-sex marriag ...
    July 1, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • Grateful for support in welcoming Mercy to community

    Health care is a challenging field to be in right now. Hospitals in Iowa and across the country are facing many challenges. Dozens of rural hospitals ...
    July 1, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Pack the house — we’re moving

    Hopefully for the last time in my life, I am moving. The word move has been added to the list of four letter words that aren’t to be spoken unless utt ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Arts & rec investments boost economy, middle class

    Iowa’s great quality of life is bolstered by arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities are important to community development, enriching local ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • Marriage equality is the law of the land

    Gene BryantNewtonKudos to the Daily News for a balanced article of June 28 regarding local reactions ...
    June 30, 2015 - 11:28 am
  • Is this your flag?

    It flew over hundreds of thousands of obscenities of horror. The rape of young slave women, fresh from Africa, held down and brutalized by white men.
    June 30, 2015 - 11:31 am
  • Summer camp

    Have you ever driven out into the middle of nowhere and dumped your child off with a bunch of strangers near a lake? That was my task recently, and I’ ...
    June 29, 2015 - 11:50 am
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