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  • Time to party

    You might think I am crazy, and at certain moments I would have to agree with you, but for my daughter’s fifth birthday party on Saturday, I invited 2 ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • Breckenridge has run positive campaign

    This is intended to be in response to all of the opinion letters that have been negative towards Wes Breckenridge. Through his entire time in candidac ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Local politics have turned negative

    I was born and raised in Newton. I have never seen so much negative politics that are being orchestrated from the Jasper County Courthouse, as is goin ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Checking the Maytag ‘aftermath’

    As a proud former Maytager, I strongly doubt that any of my ex-office and factory colleagues mark their calendars to commemorate the death of their on ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Not a killer in the ring

    My father used to say, “Time is so everything doesn’t happen all at once. Distance is so everything doesn’t happen to you.”
    May 17, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Lilacs in bloom

    On my walk to work, I pass a row of lilac bushes. The scent is ingrained in my memory. I could pick it out anywhere. At this time of year when the blo ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • Food insecurity is critical issue

    In Jasper County, there are 4,600 individuals who do not know where there next meal will come from — that’s 12.5 percent of the total county populatio ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Kelley campaign is desperate

    Colette Klier’s letter to the editor claims that if you don’t support Dan Kelley, you are dividing the Democratic Party. I couldn’t disagree more.
    May 16, 2016 - 10:54 am
  • Free-market medicine

    President Obama’s proudest accomplishment is increasing the number of Americans with health insurance. A better idea would be to help people escape go ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:54 am
  • Breckenridge is a leader

    I worked with Wes Breckenridge at the Newton Police Department. He treated all of his colleagues with respect and made everyone feel like part of the ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • The lifelong guilt of Bob Ebeling

    Seven names haunted Bob Ebeling every day for the last 30 years of his life — Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Jud ...
    May 13, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • Breckenridge will listen to everyone

    Having served Jasper County 32 years in the Iowa House (12) and Senate (20), I have decided to publicly identify my support of Wes Breckenridge for St ...
    May 13, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • About voting pro-choice

    Recently there has been much discussion in the opinion section about being pro-choice. Dan Kelley and Wes Breckenridge are both “pro-choice.” If candi ...
    May 13, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Breckenridge is committed

    As a reserve deputy, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Wes Breckenridge in his professional capacity as a Lieutenant with the Newton Police. When ...
    May 13, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Breckenridge should stick to police work

    I have followed Wes Breckenridge’s career for the last six years, when he first ran for state representative and he was defeated. Then he wanted to be ...
    May 12, 2016 - 11:24 am