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  • Skilled Iowa designation shows commitment to workforce, now and in the future

    This month leaders in Newton announced Newton and Jasper County have achieved Skilled Iowa Communities certification — an initiative that helps improv ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Eating local in the wintertime

    “Has nobody in this bleeping town heard of a kale salad?” I wanted to scream.That’s the anguish of a ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • Colon- oscopy Wednesday

    Although not usually a palatable topic for a human-interest column, I couldn’t help but write about my second colonoscopy. It had been 10 years since ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk

    Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative.It goes like this ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • I’ve run out of patience with ‘Kanyadians’

    There are certainly heavier subjects to take on than celebrity behavior. Nearly any military who have recently returned from overseas duty would proba ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • Local GOP to host Common Core forum

    Thad NearmyerMonroeA few months ago, I was talking to a friend who is involved in education about th ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • Mall mehness

    I’m not really a mall person. Never have been.I had no tween need to buy the uber-popular electronic ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:27 am
  • A bridge too far?

    A key principle to employ when expenses outweigh revenues is making sure that government is operating as efficiently as possible. Raising taxes should ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Beheading the prisoners

    In 1565, a Turkish army laid siege to Malta, then an outpost of Christianity in the Mediterranean. Muslims and Christians had been battling all over t ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:45 am
  • Keeping away the big, scary monkey

    It took just a few months shy of four years, but we finally had our first lasting bad dream. My oldest still takes the occasional nap and when I picke ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • End bullying in Iowa

    A couple of years ago I spent a lot of time reading, researching and learning about bullying in schools. Amid the mounds of material that is available ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Iowa invests in teacher leaders

    Iowa has become the first state to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Spontaneous order

    Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need one.Suppose you’d never see ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:57 am
  • Caucus recognizes importance of rural economy

    Over the past 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. We must all work together to repopulate those are ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:53 am
  • Green believers

    By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more t ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:54 am
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