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  • It was a long weekend

    As a storm blows through the Northeast, I feel like a storm just hit my house over the weekend. I definitely had a long weekend, and it wasn’t the goo ...
    NEW: Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:52 am
  • Stability and growth in education funding

    One of the more prominent topics of discussion this past week in the Iowa Legislature revolved around the setting of Supplemental State Aid (SSA) for ...
    NEW: Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • The deflated football conspiracy

    By now, the world (or that portion of it not reading the Quran and watching soccer) knows that there was some jiggery-poker with the feetballs used in ...
    NEW: Jan. 27, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • It’s fun to go to the Y-M-C-A

    Oh yeah ... look who’s jumping on the fitness bandwagon — this gal!So let’s be honest. My efforts ar ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:58 am
  • Restate of the union

    President Obama sure is consistent. His State of the Union address sounded like his other speeches: What I’ve done is great! America is in a much bett ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:53 am
  • Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

    Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class.
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • An only parent’s daughter

    I grew up in a small three bedroom house in a good neighborhood not far from my elementary school, Thomas Jefferson. 
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Legislators must take action on water pollution

    Paul MullerNewtonIt was interesting to read the comments made by Sen. Amy Sinclair when addressing p ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:09 am
  • Veterans Day on the Hill

    Hundreds of our veterans and their families traveled to the State Capitol on Wednesday for “Veterans Day on the Hill.”  Throughout the day, veterans m ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Camper and boat owners beware

    Terri RockNewtonI am writing to express my deep concern about the Newton City Council’s review of a ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 4:03 pm
  • Worldwide, journalists face pressure to put down their pens

    An image in the news this week shows history can be cyclical. It’s a cartoon depicting a French demonstrator placing a pencil in the barrel of a gun i ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • Disgusted by thefts following tragedy

    Donna NoftsgerNewtonI would like to say thank you again to the fire and ambulance crews that helped ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:26 am
  • Newton Seed Store has historical significance

    Mary HomeierNewtonI came to Newton in 1967 to teach elementary art in the Newton Community School Di ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:26 am
  • Mt. Pleasant’s blind mechanic

    Joe Tanner is intently working under the hood of a car at Whaley Auto Works in Mt. Pleasant. He is replacing a cooling line. What you wouldn’t know by ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • ‘Je suis Charlie’ —well — sort of

    Over the past two weeks, many of my friends outside the journalism world have asked me if I identify, in any way, with the victims of the Jan. 7 attac ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 11:00 am
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