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  • Weathering the flu storm

    Sleep is very important to me, I have already mentioned it in a column a couple of months ago. It is fresh in my mind again after having two kids get ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 10:41 am
  • We don’t want to work for you anymore

    In what will soon be the bane of the writers’ (and the readers’) existence, The New York Times has published a study about the growing number of worki ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • Love it or leave it

    Well here you are again Old Man Winter, you slick and cool fella. I can’t say I’ve missed you, but I can say I’ve become overly fascinated with you al ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • January is sister city month for OPEN

    Jane Ann CottonNewtonJanuary has been designated “Sister City Month” and OPEN (Organization Promotin ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Compliance may be issue with city ordinance

    Chuck WagonerNewtonIf you live within the Newton city limits and own a camper or boat, you will want ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Trust

    Trust — society depends on it.For most of history, our ancestors lived in clans with other family me ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 12:10 pm
  • No. 1: Take care of yourself

    I was in the car with a family friend talking about missed opportunities, and do you know what she t ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • #JeSuisCharlie

    This terrible thing happened.Three hooded men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles seized a magazin ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Black wealth matters

    As protesters march through our cities to remind us that black lives matter, grievances about our racially fractured society extend far beyond flashpo ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • We shall overcome, but when?

    I had been the cops and courts reporter at the Newton Daily News for only three weeks when I went on my first police ride-along. I spent the evening p ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 11:34 am
  • Most popular Empty Nests of 2014

    Everybody else does it this time of year, so I might as well, too. Judging from the amount of feedback I received, both positive and negative, these a ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Market sparking solar, wind energy growth

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and several of John D. Rockefeller’s heirs have some investment advice for you.
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Sponsor names like ‘TaxSlayer’ are modern financial realities

    Iowa Hawkeye fans were most likely disappointed with the result of Friday’s TaxSlayer.com Bowl. Fans across the country seem to be disappointed with t ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Torture doesn’t save lives, it costs them

    Thanks to the Senate’s report on CIA torture, Americans should now realize that there was nothing “enhanced” about the Bush administration’s so-called ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 11:34 am
  • Elf on the Shelf, R.I.P.

    Here lies The Elf on the Shelf. He left us too early. His life was just beginning. I mean his life w ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 11:35 am
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    Do you agree with Gov. Branstad that schools should have to start the week of Sept. 1?