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  • Have a wonderful vacation — or else

    I don’t believe it! Summer is almost over and you haven’t taken your vacation yet. And I’m not talking about your 2014 vacation. I’m talking 2013. And ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • My day with Mr. State Fair

    I grew up less than two blocks from the Iowa State Fairgrounds. On the south side of the complex, my neighborhood was inundated each year with cars, S ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • In defense of killing the clematis

    Ladies and gentleman of the jury, you have heard a lot of evidence throughout the course of this trial that my client allegedly killed his wife’s clem ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Toddlers in tents

    Last weekend, my group of friends and I headed off to our annual camping trip. Over the years, we have solidified this event — the number of people in ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Why small businesses want minimum wage increase

    If Congress actually listened to small business owners, the minimum wage would be going up. Instead, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • How to do the Iowa State Fair on a budget

    As many of you know, journalists are the starving artists of the media world. With that said, the day before pay day is the day when pockets that are ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Following tradition

    Having grown up in Monroe, it has always been a tradition to celebrate Monroe Old Settlers the second weekend in August. As kind of an ending to summe ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 10:47 am
  • Kelley eager to share his time with Iowans

    To the editor,When the Iowa Film Office (known now as Produce Iowa) collapsed several years ago, fel ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 10:46 am
  • Veterans project would preserve World War I markers

    To the editor,Newton is an important city in central Iowa where there are a number of National Guard ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 10:47 am
  • Early mowing contributes to monarch butterfly decline

    To the editor,City staff has done it again at Agnes Patterson Park. They prematurely mowed down habi ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 10:46 am
  • Walgreens' founder wouldn't approve company's unpatriotic tax dodge

    Charles Walgreen Sr., founder of the nation’s biggest drugstore chain, would not approve of what the management of his company is planning. He would n ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • Mason house miracle

    Chuck and Joy Hanson own the Mason House Inn in Bentonsport, an historic, rustic village along the Des Moines River in Van Buren County. On July 18, C ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 7:00 pm
  • Kelley speaks out in voters' best interest

    To the editor,One of the main componets of my job is to find speakers, musicians, authors, artists a ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that r ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:48 am
  • The war on the homeless

    “Anti-government types” are often accused of not caring about poor people because we suggest that communities and charities can help them better than ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:43 am
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    Reader Poll

    Do you think Newton schools should revert back to neighborhood schools?