Opinion

  • Upset by city’s road improvement plans

    Brandon BergfeldNewtonNow the City of Newton has gone and done it. Hey city officials — what are you ...
    July 14, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Traditional family values, for real

    The one thing a greasy-handed, fluff-headed politician can make ring like a silver hammer is the phrase “traditional family values.” Maybe half the pe ...
    July 14, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • The grand parade

    The summer after I moved to the community, I learned that Newton is where it’s at for the Fourth of July.
    July 13, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • Moments that last a lifetime

    I treasure the moments in life when I realize that my life as I know it, is changing. Usually it has been big changes, like my sister moving out or th ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:55 am
  • Wealth gap

    Nearly 10,000 people turned out to hear Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Why? Apparently, many Democrats want socialism.
    July 13, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Special legal rights for corporations

    In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Paci ...
    July 10, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • Buy your way into Scott Walker’s circle

    If you think that none of today’s presidential candidates care about people like you, check out Republican Scott Walker.
    July 10, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • Information overload

    Are you on your phone? Is it within five feet of you?Many of us are attached to our cellphone. We’re ...
    July 10, 2015 - 11:42 am
  • Court’s decision should be overturned

    Wayne LelaDowners Grove, Ill.The recent controversial decision by a sharply divided (5-4) Supreme Co ...
    July 10, 2015 - 11:13 am
  • Nothing is as sweet as Sugar

    The first day of my first Jasper County Fair last year, I met Sugar the dog. With a soft, cotton candy-white fur and redness around her eyes, Sugar is ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Restore integrity of visas

    For more than 200 years, America’s system of free enterprise has sparked innovation and economic mobility in communities across the country. A nation ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Active octogenarians

    They met at the YMCA 17 years ago. Or was it dancing? Rita and Stuart Ashmead, of Ottumwa, aren’t for sure. But you can bet they met during some physi ...
    July 9, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Women’s soccer brings out ‘double threat’ haters

    When a Kansas City MLS men’s soccer player was given a yellow card for his selfie taken with fans after a goal last year, not many considered it to be ...
    July 8, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • The most idiotic comment in presidential history

    On Monday, President Obama spoke about his new strategy to take on the terrorist entity Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In doing so, he explained tha ...
    July 8, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Legislation could end unwanted medical treatment

    Roughly 25 million Americans have been subjected to unwanted medical treatment at some point in their lives, and that means we have a healthcare syste ...
    July 8, 2015 - 11:23 am
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