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  • The only sane conclusion from Orlando

    Maybe it was the heartbreaking texts sent by those who expected to die. Or my conversation with a close friend whose loved one miraculously survived. ...
    June 23, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • A little Hardee’s goes a long way

    Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1970s and 80s, there were tons of fast-food choices.I ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Protect our rivers and farms

    Our state’s leaders have failed to protect the public good and now it is on us, as citizens of Iowa, to do as we have done many times before — stand o ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • I guess I’ll vote yes

    I am reluctantly going to be voting “yes” for the upcoming bond issue to build a new Berg school. My wife and I are 24, have one small child, and plan ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:50 am
  • Yes, it matters to say ‘radical Islam’

    President Obama took to the microphones on Tuesday to rant about the great evil facing Western civilization: Donald Trump’s insistence that Obama use ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:50 am
  • Banks deserves recognition

    It was great to see Junior Banks was chosen to lead the Fourth of July parade. In all the time I have known him, he was always cheerful and helpful. J ...
    June 21, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • Bon Appetit

    Kids are known for being picky when it comes to food. Unfortunately my kids are no different, but I feel like there might be hope on the horizon.
    June 21, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • Let’s talk about science

    I like to read about science, mostly because I don’t understand it very well. I’m at home in a history book. I’m never uncomfortable with a novel. Sci ...
    June 21, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • Is this new reform a toxic waste?

    There should’ve been an overhaul in how we regulate toxic chemicals years ago. Like when the 2010 President’s Cancer Panel report concluded that babie ...
    June 21, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • One last plea to JT

    Nearly two weeks ago the Newton Can’t Stop the Feeling video was posted on YouTube. Today it has more than 15,000 views, yet we haven’t garnered any a ...
    June 20, 2016 - 11:14 am
  • Iowans heed call for pollinator habitat development

    In 2016, the Iowa Farm Service Agency, worked with Iowa farmers and landowners to convert 97,371 acres of cropland to new pollinator habitat plantings ...
    June 20, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • My lunch with Hillary

    I had lunch with Hillary Clinton.Really.I was on vacation on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, at a ...
    June 20, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • You just ‘do’ for family

    The things we do for our kids!When we begin our journey as parents, wouldn’t you agree we tend to th ...
    June 17, 2016 - 11:49 am
  • Have a catch

    “Hey Dad. You want to have a catch?”Not only is it one of the best lines from one of my all-time fav ...
    June 17, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • Disappointed in school board decisions

    Are you kidding me? Did the newspaper incorrectly report the school board meeting on Tuesday regarding wages increases, $800,000 shortage to be absorb ...
    June 17, 2016 - 11:17 am