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  • Column: Never say goodbye

    Anytime you are moving to a new location and starting a new job, it can be nerve-wracking. When I took the job here in Newton, I had a slight advantag ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • My new Christmas traditions

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Dec. 17, 2015I’m having trouble coming up with excus ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Self-defense for whom?

    In every state in the country, the right to self-defense is considered a mitigating factor in criminal prosecutions. If you use violence to defend you ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Column: The movie we need, not the movie we deserve

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Dec. 31, 2015. If you’re a frequent reader of my co ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 10:51 am
  • What Trump could learn from Alexander Hamilton

    By now you’ve probably heard that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by fellow theater-goers at a performance of the musical Hamilton, an unlik ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Little food bank

    Mathew 6:1 Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Will conservatives stand up to Trump if they must?

    Here’s an alternate-reality scenario.It’s 2016, and the president-elect of the United States is read ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:15 am
  • Column: Get out, see your country

    When John Cougar Mellencamp recorded his 1980s music videos in the southern half of his home state of Indiana, he was showing off a unique section of ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:27 am
  • Native Americans condemn the Dakota Pipeline, the law doesn’t

    According to environmental activists, the Dakota Access Pipeline Project crushed Native American rights, heritage -- and objections. But the federal j ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:15 am
  • Bipartisan unity in a deep red state

    A couple years ago, two South Dakota men on opposite ends of the political spectrum got into a nasty fight over marriage equality. But after one offer ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 11:05 am
  • Learning to work

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Sept. 5, 2016.I live in the city where I work, and i ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 11:03 am
  • Column: Wide awake, dreaming

    During my college years, I became friends with a girl who grew up with five brothers and sisters. At that time, two of her siblings were still in high ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:59 am
  • Lessons learned in Newton

    Even though I graduated years ago, I still sometimes think about the lessons I learned from growing up in Newton. I had some subjects I liked and was ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Thanksgiving tragedy

    As you celebrated the meal the Pilgrims ate with Indians, I hope you paused a moment to thank private property.
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Giving thanks

    The holidays are the best time of year. Even though the temperatures are turning colder preventing me from doing my favorite outdoor activities, I don ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 11:00 am