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  • Let’s invest in 21st Century learning

    Do you remember the last time in your life that you were surprised by the need for a significant repair to your vehicle, your home or even your body? ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • A beloved river town

    When my husband launches into the story of his times in the northeast Iowa city of Guttenberg, he can get to rambling on. There are the summers of his ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Waste not, save more

    On average, each person in the U.S. throws away five pounds of solid waste each day. While many eco–conscious citizens do their due diligence to recyc ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Vice presidential prospects

    We’ve heard nonstop criticism of both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates — for good reasons. So are their running mates any better?
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • I love Malcolm Gladwell

    Inside my house in the living room is a tall bookshelf where four of Malcom Gladwell’s five books stand: “Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers” and “Dav ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 11:56 am
  • Just think about it

    Do you have any idea how difficult it is to watch your loved one get dressed for work every day when there is a target on his back? To wear a bullet p ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 11:57 am
  • Committed to community

    Last week the vital role newspapers play was thrust into the national spotlight by comedian John Oliver.
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:07 am
  • Nifty 50 class reunion

    Fifty of anything is worthy of pause, celebration and reminiscence. So it was with my 50th high school class reunion. We met, we talked, we ate, all o ...
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:06 am
  • Proud to call Newton home

    I am proud to call Newton my home, and if you agree, I expect you will also vote “yes” for the school bond on Sept. 13. My family and I moved to Newto ...
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:06 am
  • Berg rebuild is wise decision

    Sept. 13, citizens of the Newton Community School District will go to the polls to vote on building a new middle school, which will house grades 5-8.
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:06 am
  • Less price gouging, please

    According to a recent Bloomberg News report, Apple, Inc.’s next MacBook Pro lineup might include significant changes to its appearance and hardware.
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • Obama is a self-aggrandizing tool

    Last week, President Obama penned a ridiculous piece in Glamour magazine. It dripped with self-regard and oozed with moral preening. Barack Obama, sai ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • More than just names on a wall

    Forty-eight years ago today, Aug. 17, 1968, an armored personnel carrier made its way through the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam. Like most Army squadr ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • Wedding season

    This summer and fall we have a boom of weddings to attend. One stretch has us attending a ceremony three weekends in a row.
    Aug. 16, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Vote yes for sensible Berg plan

    The schools in Newton, Iowa really do mean a lot to me. My family moved to Newton when I was in the eighth grade because my father was on the school b ...
    Aug. 16, 2016 - 10:51 am