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  • Accelerate prosperity, reverse Uncle Sam’s overdrive

    Underemployment is up. Wage growth is down. Job openings are up. Hiring is down. Student debt is up. Job optimism is down. Consumer debt is up. The pe ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 11:27 am
  • Whoa to our runaway tongues

    In May 1997, I was a reporter assigned to interview spiritual author Deepak Chopra, who upon meeting me asked whether I could drive him to where our i ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 11:27 am
  • Vote for Allen, Ernst, and Payton

    Chris BollhoeferNewtonChaz Allen has been a true leader through some dark times in Newton. Having wo ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 11:26 am
  • Confronting the Disability Unemployment Crisis

    Over half a century ago, when my brother Frank was at the Iowa School for the Deaf, he was told he could be one of three things: a printer, a cobbler, ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 12:07 pm
  • Blood moon

    Is the Blood Moon an ominous warning of some cataclysmic event on the offing? Naw. If anything, I told myself, it’s a harvest moon.
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • Here come the rain and drought

    What is it about natural disasters and irony?Just as local authorities in Detroit were denying thous ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 12:08 pm
  • Kelley's continued leadership is needed

    Francis ThickeFairfieldI commend Jasper County residents for having elected Dan Kelley as their stat ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Ty's Take: Witnessing a miracle

    Even as I write this, it doesn’t seem like a real thing. The Kansas City Royals — my hometown team, the Boys in Blue, a team other Major League Baseba ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Butcher on Halloween

    Attention all Halloween-loving adults: It’s time to grow up. When are you going to take responsibility for the trauma you are single-handedly inflicti ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 11:45 am
  • Life-long Democrat endorses Critchfield for recorder

    Rev. Dr. Carl Rothshild-BondNewtonI like Marshall Critchfield’s qualifications for Jasper County Rec ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Training a cat to nap

    When I was a boy, growing up in Missouri, there were people who would say that a particularly challenging task was, “like herding cats.” The simile do ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Boo! or Aye Aye Matey?

    With Halloween rapidly approaching, I have a big decision to make. Do I let my oldest pick out her own costume or do I buy what I want her to wear?
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Allan's experience counts

    Pam KeenanNewtonAs a citizen of Jasper County and friend of 14 years, I support Denise Allan as our ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Payton is a good man, great candidate

    Collin ReynoldsNewtonI’ve seen quite a few letters to the editor in support of our current state rep ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Payton knows Newton, Jasper County values

    Years ago as a head football coach in Des Moines, Coach Frank Gilson and I frequently exchanged game film. As the icon of Newton high school football. ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:56 am
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