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  • Training a cat to nap

    When I was a boy, growing up in Missouri, there were people who would say that a particularly challenging task was, “like herding cats.” The simile do ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Boo! or Aye Aye Matey?

    With Halloween rapidly approaching, I have a big decision to make. Do I let my oldest pick out her own costume or do I buy what I want her to wear?
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Allan's experience counts

    Pam KeenanNewtonAs a citizen of Jasper County and friend of 14 years, I support Denise Allan as our ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Payton is a good man, great candidate

    Collin ReynoldsNewtonI’ve seen quite a few letters to the editor in support of our current state rep ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Payton knows Newton, Jasper County values

    Years ago as a head football coach in Des Moines, Coach Frank Gilson and I frequently exchanged game film. As the icon of Newton high school football. ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • Kelley is a friend of tourism

    Judy JohnsonNewtonAlthough I do not consider myself a very political person; I do pay attention to t ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • The war on poverty

    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared “War on Poverty.” It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, “We’re a rich country. All we ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Newton Arboretum: ‘Better than Minecraft’

    I love October. From the temperatures to the football to my Halloween decoration that reads “Ghouls just wanna have fun,” it’s hard to not embrace thi ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • A simpler time, a simpler place

    There’s a house that lies in Newton that I use to know so well. It sits on a quiet street but what’s there are a catalog of lively memories and an imm ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Response to recent Payton support letter

    I am writing in response to Councilman Craig Trotter’s questions he raised in his endorsement of Patrick Payton in Mr. Payton’s race against State Rep ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • It takes a mentor

    As high school seniors start to churn out their college applications, elite campuses are trying to catch the attention of high-achieving and gifted lo ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Payton has conviction, experience for Iowa House

    Aaron GunsaulusNewtonI had a nice conversation the other day with a gentleman who is running to be t ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • All it takes is one

    Editor’s note: This is a true event, but to maintain the privacy of the individuals discussed, the subjects of this column will be refereed to only as ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Cold War patriots

    Juanita (Nita) Gerst’s day starts early. It’s still dark when she gets in her company car, a red, white and blue PT Cruiser, to go and visit her 100 a ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 12:07 pm
  • Knight of Columbus grateful for support

    We would like to thank all the local businesses who supported us financially at our recent golf outing at the Westwood Golf Course. A special thanks g ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 10:58 am
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