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  • Drug Initiative Program, K-9 unit will make a difference in Newton

    Ask any member of the Newton City Council what concern they hear about most often, and they will most will likely identify our city’s drug problem.
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 1:30 pm
  • Why I don’t make a good NFL fan

    When it comes to lousy pro sports fans, I am part of the problem. I demonstrated this by taking the fun out of the game during my last visit to an NFL ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Putting an end to sanctuary jurisdictions

    Just this past summer in San Francisco, a young woman by the name of Kate Steinle was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant, Francisco Sanchez, who ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Medicaid privatization shouldn’t be rushed

    After Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid for 560,000 Iowans was delayed until March, I’ve joined my colleagues in requesting federal off ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Shot below the belt

    A couple of people described glancingly in news stories as “top Army and Marine Corps generals” just told the Senate every military job will be open t ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Going out on top

    I am a lover of sports. From football and basketball to wrestling, golf and tennis I can sit and watch a game or match of just about anything.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Protecting the health care of Iowans

    This week, a bill was introduced in the Iowa Senate to stop Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 2:18 pm
  • Political arrogance

    After the Iowa caucus results, it looks like Hillary Clinton vs. Marco Rubio in November!They lead t ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:08 am
  • Off to a good start

    I was asked to pen a column for this Monday’s edition of the paper. Usually I have no problem fulfilling this request, as I am just a once-in-awhile c ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • Declutter to de-stress

    Have you heard about the tiny living movement? People choosing to “simplify” their lives by downsizing? Willingly choosing to live in an area averagin ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • Planes, trains and automobiles

    There's an unconventional place in the world where a person can find a sense of unity while experiencing individuality and meditation. It's a place wi ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Does Iowa care about animal rights?

    Ali IsermanMount PleasantIf you take a close look at our current laws regarding commercial dog breed ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • Engage Iowa starting conversation about our state’s serious problems

    I’ve traveled the state quite a bit in recent months, talking to Iowans about public policy ideas being generated from my new think tank called Engage ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Confessions of a book addict

    I can’t stop reading. Printed material to me is like lifeblood. It makes no difference whether it’s a hardbound book, the Kindle, National Geographic, ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 11:43 am
  • Fun in a blizzard — of Ozz

    By the time Ozzy Osbourne shouted out the first lines of “Paranoid,” we already knew we were seeing something historic.
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:43 am