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  • 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
  • Abusive puppy mills degrade Iowa’s image

    For the past seven years, including 2016, citizen advocates from all across Iowa have asked our legislators for better state-level protections for the ...
    June 10, 2016 - 11:20 am
  • 30 is the new 30

    Editor’s Note: This column was first published June 11, 2015There is a big day circled on my calenda ...
    June 9, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • School benchmarks aren’t working

    For decades, Iowa school officials misled the public about the quality of education through the manipulation of data and false rationalizations.By re ...
    June 9, 2016 - 11:25 am
  • Grateful for community support

    I would like to thank Newton and surrounding communities and businesses that helped and contributed to my family’s fundraiser benefit May 27. The proc ...
    June 9, 2016 - 11:25 am
  • Observations of the U.K.

    Obesity! There is next to zero obesity in the U.K., which includes children. Why? Fast food! I don’t give a tinker’s darn what the fast-food industry ...
    June 9, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Missed calls are part of the game

    Missed calls and “bad” calls are a part of every sport — from jai alai to college football to high school soccer, softball and baseball.
    June 8, 2016 - 9:52 am
  • Hometown Pride has first year success in Newton, Jasper County

    It’s hard to believe we are through year one of the Keep Iowa Beautiful Hometown Pride program in Jasper County already. Thanks to a dedicated corps o ...
    June 8, 2016 - 9:52 am