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Opinion

  • Weeds dominate Republican field

    Joel WormleyNewtonAs a member of a family which, patrilineally, has been Republican since Mr. Lincol ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:42 am
  • State issues should take precedence

    I received a birthday card in the mail last week from our state representative Dan Kelley. Although it is always nice to receive a birthday card, I fo ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Isn’t it strange?

    There is a letter titled “Isn’t It Strange?” making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Human trafficking is modern day slavery

    Iowa is not immune to sex and labor human trafficking. Jasper County is at risk. It is time to work together to find solutions, enact protections and ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:29 am
  • Dry eye

    I had to go buy a little bottle of artificial tears for my mother tonight. That’s an odd thing to be buying in America right now — crying is very near ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 8:57 am
  • In their own words

    I have two kiddos with very different personalities which are definitely beginning to flourish. They both have their own ideas, dreams and way of doin ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 8:57 am
  • The ‘F’ word

    It was recently I discovered I’m a feminist. I honestly had no idea.It doesn’t seem too uncommon to ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 11:22 am
  • Senate budget will expand middle class

    Expanding Iowa’s middle class and maintaining fiscal responsibility are key elements of the state budget proposed by Senate Democrats this week.
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 11:21 am
  • Running on empty

    Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they’ll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ethanol ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 11:20 am
  • Please, participate

    I'm proud to be an Iowan and I can tell you without hesitation three instinctive reasons why I'm proud: our agriculture, our football and our politica ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • Hard-working Iowans deserve a raise

    Tammy BeouurekBelle PlaineIowa is well behind the times when it comes to valuing its workforce and i ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • If I like you, you’ll know it

    Last fall, we placed an order for a freezer and scheduled it for delivery to our house. When the day came for delivery, I was the one at home to greet ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • Will Fiorina stand with Planned Parenthood?

    Ellen M. O’DonnellColfaxI was at the “Coffee with Carly” event Monday in Colfax as a dissenter on Ca ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • Sometimes you have to mark it zero

    I am king of the 9-pin frame. That last pin just stares at me down the lane, sometimes centered and others hugging that back corner. It always keeps m ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 12:12 pm
  • Coupling with federal tax codes

    We are two weeks into the new session and one important issue that needs addressed at the beginning of every Legislative Session is that of coupling w ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:57 am