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  • I only ask to be polite

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Sept. 24, 2015I’ve been having several “So... I’ve b ...
    Oct. 20, 2017 - 10:30 am
  • Me too. And you. And you.

    “Me too.”I posted those words on Facebook recently, along with what seems like every woman I know. A ...
    Oct. 20, 2017 - 10:30 am
  • Column: Get real

    Editor’s note: This column originally published May 14, 2015. The only way to reach Florida’s Cayo ...
    Oct. 20, 2017 - 11:01 am
  • Robots aren’t taking our jobs, corporations are

    There’s a robot in your future. Not one of those cute little labor-saving automatons — like a “Roomba” vacuum cleaner.
    Oct. 19, 2017 - 11:11 am
  • Column: Buckle up

    It could be argued the invention of automobiles was one of the biggest accomplishments of man and has changed the world forever. Cars were first inven ...
    Oct. 19, 2017 - 11:37 am
  • Anniversary

    Ginnie and I just celebrated our second wedding anniversary on Oct. 10. I really went all out and took her to Taco Tuesday at my grandchildrens’ Chris ...
    Oct. 19, 2017 - 11:11 am
  • George supports progress in Newton

    I grew up in Newton and have seen numerous changes over the years. Recently, I have noticed many developments I am excited about. Old, dilapidated bui ...
    Oct. 19, 2017 - 11:10 am
  • ‘Raising awareness’ isn’t helping much

    “Awareness must be raised.”“A spotlight must be brought to this crucial issue.”“We must all think ab ...
    Oct. 18, 2017 - 9:57 am
  • Column: My Blue Heaven

    It’s amazing the things we hold on to, isn’t it? I couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old when my mom bought the book for me, and it’s survived ...
    Oct. 18, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Grassley Q&A: Renewable Fuel Standard

    Q: What’s at stake with proposed regulations that would reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2018 and 2019?
    Oct. 18, 2017 - 9:58 am
  • JCAA hosts original artist in Newton

    The Jasper County Concert Association brought a wonderful artist to Newton on Oct. 9. By “artist” I mean musician, composer and visual artist Scott Ki ...
    Oct. 17, 2017 - 9:48 am
  • Clean water should not be political

    More than 750 Iowa waterways are polluted with toxic algae blooms and signs that caution against recreational use. The problem: an oversaturation of f ...
    Oct. 17, 2017 - 9:47 am
  • Trump should take the rap

    Despite my age, which is 60, and my wardrobe, which is tweed, plaid and khaki, and my color, which is white, I like rap music. Oh, I still like countr ...
    Oct. 17, 2017 - 9:47 am
  • Column: Print news, raise hell

    After I graduated college I did what many journalism students do — worked a crappy job until I landed the reporter gig I wanted. Once I did secure the ...
    Oct. 16, 2017 - 11:34 am
  • Restricting use of nuclear weapons

    In January, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Representative Ted Lieu of California — both Democrats — introduced legislation that would prohibit ...
    Oct. 16, 2017 - 10:15 am