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  • 10 places to Christmas shop small this season

    As Christmas approaches yet again, it seems as though there’s not a lot of shopping options in Newton — which is why it’s extremely important that we ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 10:44 am
  • The first casualty of war

    Reflecting on World War I, California Senator Hiram Johnson famously said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.”
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Bill Cosby allegation: It's oral rape, not oral sex

    One evening in 2012, she decided it was time to tell her story.She waited until after business hours ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Polar vortex or no polar vortex, it's slick out there

    Iowa roadways during the colder months can become quickly traitorous. But as the powder melts away every March and cities put away their salt and sand ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Wind-turbines, junk and football

    Just like the movie, “Nebraska,” the road to Lincoln, in this case I-80 in western Iowa, cut through rolling cattle country, terraced crop land, and f ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Chief tax-dodging officers

    Republican and Democratic leaders don’t often see eye to eye on taxes.But surprisingly, corporate ta ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • A one-way war of words

    My mother led most of her middle-aged life under the distinct impression that her small fleet of household appliances had the ability to understand th ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • US/China deal perpetuates climate injustice

    A glance at the White House web site reveals the degree to which the administration is misrepresenting the global warming issue. Under the headline, “ ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • It's time to tell other stories

    For most of my adult life, my main task has been telling the stories of athletes — most of them school-age athletes.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:26 am
  • Think positive thoughts

    With snow on the ground and temperatures in single digits, winter seems to be officially here, even if not on the calendar for another month. I am not ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Grateful for swift help at Skiff

    Judy WittenbergNewtonI want to thank all those kind people who helped me Thursday when I fell over b ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • What was America doing?

    A European spacecraft landed on a comet Wednesday.At 57, I guess I’m too old to matter, but I rememb ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Maytag heritage should be celebtrated

    Kathy RichardsonNewtonOn Sept. 26, Kate Malott had an excellent article in the Newton Daily News tit ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • Democracy delusions

    When the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago this week, people in the Soviet Bloc gained something even more valuable than a right to vote: a free mark ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 11:53 am
  • Not just one day, but a lasting commitment

    Let me to first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 11:54 am
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    Reader Poll

    What’s your favorite part of celebrating the holidays in Newton?
    Lighting of the courthouse
    Shopping local
    Visiting Santa Claus
    Holiday tour of homes
    4-H Festival of Trees