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  • Senior Citizens pre-holiday opportunities

    Marvin CampbellNewtonThis coming Thursday evening brings an array of activities at the Newton High S ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • Jesus in the tree

    Due, not to popular indignation but to small group litigation, there is no nativity scene in front of the city hall in my town.
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 11:30 am
  • Time to change direction on tax extenders

    While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Iowa needs clean water legislation

    Larry GinterRhodesAs our water continues to get more and more polluted, only a handful of our electe ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 10:55 am
  • Home Sweet Home

    After 106, sometimes long, days, my family finally moved back to our house, or as my oldest calls it “our yellow home.” That was about 100 days longer ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Operation endless war

    Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama announced the good news that our combat role in Afghanistan — the longest war in U.S. history — would fi ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 12:12 pm
  • Place your bets

    Did you want to bet on the NFL game between Chicago and Dallas? I did.Newspapers and websites all ov ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 12:14 pm
  • Rockin' around the Charlie Brown Christmas tree

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and probably one of the busiest.Having hosted Thanksgiving ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • If our grief were colorblind

    Hundreds showed up Wednesday morning for the funeral of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.Tamir was black, and ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:30 am
  • PajamaJeans obsession

    The first time I saw an ad for PajamaJeans, I was vegging out on the couch with one of my best friends. When the commercial ended, she looked at me in ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:30 am
  • Voters call for clarity; IRS should listen

    Nonprofit political activity is at a crossroads. Nonprofits have come under criticism from some on the left for spending too much dark money to influe ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • Happiness!

    The Ray Conniff Singers tells us, or sings to us, that “happiness is different things to different people. On the desert, it’s a drink, drink, drink. ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • America’s ‘Post-Racial’ Lie

    Shortly before Michael Brown’s fateful encounter with Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, I was appointed as a teaching assistant in a class on race and ethni ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Police should be on, not behind, cameras

    Police body cameras are all the rage lately. Al Sharpton wants them used to monitor the activities of cops. Ann Coulter wants them used to “shut down” ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Use 2 numerals, 1 special character in life

    Usernames and passwords are becoming my archrivals. They’re not my archrivals in the way that villai ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:18 am
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    Reader Poll

    What is your favorite holiday tradition?
    Spending time with family and friends
    Making holiday treats
    Singing Christmas songs
    Decorating the tree