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  • Legacies aren’t created overnight

    As a train headed east from a cold Grinnell train station in December of 1962, it was carrying students headed home for holiday break — some of them h ...
    June 15, 2016 - 11:03 am
  • Tax hike small price to pay for Newton scholars

    Fiscal conservatives like me tend to wince at the very mention of a tax increase. The only time I can rationalize it is when it involves two key eleme ...
    June 15, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • The Big Banks can be beaten

    When the 2008 financial crash slammed the New York City construction industry, Maribel Touré’s husband lost his job as an architect. On top of that, M ...
    June 15, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • The left’s mobocracy

    For years, the left has been desperate to paint conservatives as the real danger to civil society. Back in 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Secur ...
    June 15, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • My water babies

    As a kid, I spent more time at the local pool during the summer than anywhere else. My blonde hair turned green from the chlorine and I had a huge sup ...
    June 14, 2016 - 11:18 am
  • Kudos to the auditor’s office, precinct poll workers

    It was 9:20 p.m. Tuesday evening when all of the precinct results were in to the Jasper County Auditor’s Office and released to the media and public. ...
    June 14, 2016 - 11:18 am
  • Gagging on the gig economy

    No doubt you’ll be thrilled to learn that we now live and work in a “gig economy.”That’s the latest ...
    June 14, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Ready for the pipeline project to begin

    The Dakota Access Pipeline project has been a long time coming, but the benefits of the pipeline were worth waiting for. Now with the last approval fr ...
    June 14, 2016 - 11:18 am
  • Want an orange soda? Good luck

    I like orange soda. I like grape, too.It’s something an 8-year-old boy would like, and it embarrasse ...
    June 14, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Dog days of summer

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Aug. 25, 2014This time of year the piercing sound of ...
    June 13, 2016 - 11:52 am
  • Not Trump or Clinton

    Finally! Voters have another choice. The Libertarian Party nominated two socially tolerant but fiscally conservative former governors, Gary Johnson an ...
    June 13, 2016 - 11:52 am
  • Our immigration policies are ridiculous

    I recently stayed with a friend who lives just a few miles from the Mexican border — and near the start of the Pacific Crest Trail.
    June 13, 2016 - 11:52 am
  • Newton Fest: A tradition in the making

    A group of ambitious local residents decided to do something exciting for the community — Newton Fes ...
    June 10, 2016 - 12:02 pm
  • Mission accomplished

    Done!We recently took on a weekend project of building a treehouse for our 4-year-old grandson.I car ...
    June 10, 2016 - 11:20 am
  • Thankful for local resources

    Last May 2015 my husband and I had a major car accident on Interstate 80 near the mixmaster in Des Moines. I had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2 ...
    June 10, 2016 - 11:20 am