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  • Look deeper, don’t scrub out

    Driving home from the grocery store is a pretty mundane task. I shop for my basics at a store on Fleur Drive on Des Moines’ southwest side and the dri ...
    May 19, 2016 - 11:47 am
  • Breckenridge will unite party

    Last week I went down to the auditor’s office in the courthouse and voted in the Democratic Primary.
    May 19, 2016 - 11:46 am
  • No need to be ‘best class ever’

    There is no need to be the “best graduating class ever.” Every high school and college graduating class is unique enough; it would be tough to compare ...
    May 18, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Invest in the next generation

    By supporting the Newton Community Schools bond issue, you will be investing in the education of the next generation. 
    May 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Appreciates care at Skiff Medical Center

    I’d like to thank Brett Altman at Skiff Medical Center for allowing me to have a face to face conversation with him along with several head of departm ...
    May 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Kelley is an environmental leader

    Since he’s been in office, Rep. Dan Kelley has been a leader in the Legislature on our environment. He serves on the Environmental Protection Committe ...
    May 18, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • Time to party

    You might think I am crazy, and at certain moments I would have to agree with you, but for my daughter’s fifth birthday party on Saturday, I invited 2 ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • Breckenridge has run positive campaign

    This is intended to be in response to all of the opinion letters that have been negative towards Wes Breckenridge. Through his entire time in candidac ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Local politics have turned negative

    I was born and raised in Newton. I have never seen so much negative politics that are being orchestrated from the Jasper County Courthouse, as is goin ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Checking the Maytag ‘aftermath’

    As a proud former Maytager, I strongly doubt that any of my ex-office and factory colleagues mark their calendars to commemorate the death of their on ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Not a killer in the ring

    My father used to say, “Time is so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Distance is so everything doesn’t happen to you.”
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Lilacs in bloom

    On my walk to work, I pass a row of lilac bushes. The scent is ingrained in my memory. I could pick it out anywhere. At this time of year when the blo ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • Food insecurity is critical issue

    In Jasper County, there are 4,600 individuals who do not know where there next meal will come from — that’s 12.5 percent of the total county populatio ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Kelley campaign is desperate

    Colette Klier’s letter to the editor claims that if you don’t support Dan Kelley, you are dividing the Democratic Party. I couldn’t disagree more.
    May 16, 2016 - 10:54 am
  • Free-market medicine

    President Obama’s proudest accomplishment is increasing the number of Americans with health insurance. A better idea would be to help people escape go ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:54 am