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  • The problem with ‘Blue Lives Matter’

    We’re not long into summer, but already we’re long on tragedy. Police shootings of black men in Minnesota, Louisiana, and beyond. A mass shooting of p ...
    July 19, 2016 - 11:31 am
  • Summertime and the livin’ is easy

    I walked into our conference room at the Newton Daily News last week and noticed these words written on the dry erase board “Summertime and the livin’ ...
    July 18, 2016 - 11:18 am
  • It’s time to regulate firearms

    I am ashamed, I say again, ashamed to be a life-member of the NRA. I will not resign my membership, however. Every month I receive their magazine. I d ...
    July 18, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Cops, blacks and crime

    Claims about racist cops from groups like Black Lives Matter lead more people to fear and hate the police.
    July 18, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Data centers, renewable energy thrive in Iowa

    Smart decisions can help Iowa’s economy grow. That’s the lesson of Facebook’s Altoona data center. The factors that got Facebook’s attention are also ...
    July 18, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Bucket list: Abbey Road

    Just a five minute walk from the St. John’s Wood Station in London sits what looks like an ordinary residence nestled in the quiet residential suburb ...
    July 15, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Summer safety

    Summer is here and the warmer weather means more visitors coming to our community and more residents enjoying the parks and other outdoor activities. ...
    July 15, 2016 - 11:01 am
  • Separation of church, state understanding is skewed

    On Jan. 10, 1963 a document published by the Communist Party USA was read before a joint session of congress and subsequently entered into the Congres ...
    July 15, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Thank you, Newton

    I want to give many thanks, with deepest respect and tears of joy, to the Newton Chamber of Commerce, other businesses, the Newton Daily News, Park Ce ...
    July 15, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Personality vs. character

    I’ve been known to send work-related emails from my personal Gmail account in a pinch. But I prefer the professional look and feel of the “@newtondail ...
    July 14, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Wilted lettuce

    Our Empty Nest Garden is exploding! The lawn may be burning up, but thanks to a couple of 100’ lengths of hose attached to the barn hydrant, there’s w ...
    July 14, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Forget being politically correct

    I address and take respectful issue with the recent letter wishing to have the crosses removed of repainting of the memorial rock on our Newton courth ...
    July 14, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Is Newton falling behind?

    Is the Newton community school district falling behind other communities in central Iowa? If we do not vote “yes” on Sept. 13 to bond for a new 5-8 co ...
    July 14, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Stay focused at the wheel

    We’re halfway through summer and drivers are getting lax in their driving skills. They’re rolling through stop signs, pushing the speed limit and usin ...
    July 14, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Wait — he makes how much?

    Reviewing a recent list of huge multi-year, free-agent contracts recently signed by overrated NBA players, I got all the way down to about the 10th gu ...
    July 13, 2016 - 11:17 am