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Opinion

  • Another new ‘local’ book at our library

    John McNeerNewtonRecently, Rod Slings presented a fascinating program to our local Rotary Club membe ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • On my own

    It has started — my week as a single parent.I don’t have room to complain that my husband is off wit ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Branstad overlooks other options for school funding, water quality

    The 2016 session opened last week and it was great to see my colleagues from all over Iowa again. After legislative leaders offered their agenda for s ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 4:38 pm
  • The old guy diss

    I’m 58 years old. On the plus side, I’ve still got all my hair. On the minus side, I don’t have all my teeth. On the plus side, I can still wear sport ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • Iowa needs a bigger, stronger middle class

    Last Monday we gaveled in at the Statehouse to begin the 2016 legislative session. Over the next few months, we’ll be working to improve Iowa’s econom ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Shop talk

    Approximately 2.5 billion adults around the world read print newspapers.92 percent of women ages 25- ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Count your blessings, be grateful

    James Wilson McKinstryNewtonWhat families do during the holidays has a variety of answers.  Some go ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:45 am
  • Optimism and Obama

    In the commercial that President Obama released prior to his final State of the Union address, Obama said he would tell Congress how “optimistic” he i ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:45 am
  • Time to seize the day

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! These famous words might have been used by newspaper boys around the turn of the 20th century. Those “NEWSIES” came t ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Locals realizing the reality of human trafficking

    Citizens of Newton and Jasper County have become more aware of the reality of human trafficking thanks to a local group called “Newton Says ‘No’ to Hu ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Tell me your troubles

    I missed my calling.I’m not sure exactly when I became so wise, but I’m a master when it comes to di ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • God Bag

    With knowing hands, I opened the old lunch sack. There it was in my own hand writing on a piece of scratch paper. All the wants I had wanted years ago ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Carson has moral character

    Doug SmithAlexandria, Ind.I don’t live in your community, and my aim is not to be intrusive. I know ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • It’s about freedom

    Carol JonesNewtonIn his 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” I ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Vote yes on Feb. 2 PCM GO Bond

    I’m proud to say my roots run deep in PCM. I attended Monroe Elementary, following the fire went to the current middle school and finished out in the ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 12:39 pm