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  • Stay focused at the wheel

    We’re halfway through summer and drivers are getting lax in their driving skills. They’re rolling through stop signs, pushing the speed limit and usin ...
    July 14, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Wait — he makes how much?

    Reviewing a recent list of huge multi-year, free-agent contracts recently signed by overrated NBA players, I got all the way down to about the 10th gu ...
    July 13, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • No ‘road diet’ needed for First Avenue East

    Last week plans were unveiled to Newton City Council to reduce the four-lane portion of First Avenue East to two lanes, with the addition of a turning ...
    July 13, 2016 - 12:04 pm
  • Hillary Clinton: Too big to jail

    Last week America celebrated the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which condemned King George III for “(obstructi ...
    July 13, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Idea: Avert your eyes

    Regarding the recent letter to the editor about painted crosses on a rock: Lets also remove “In God We Trust” from our national currency since we’re s ...
    July 12, 2016 - 1:31 pm
  • Achoo! God bless you!

    “God bless you,” I said.Actually, I didn’t so much say, “God bless you,” as much as I mumbled, “Bles ...
    July 12, 2016 - 1:30 pm
  • It’s not just Trump who’s confused about racism

    Donald Trump, you might have heard, recently called Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren “racist” for claiming her Native American heritage.
    July 12, 2016 - 1:30 pm
  • Fire and fireworks

    Often, when a holiday weekend comes around, the “vacation” time doesn’t feel like much of a vacation. That was the case over the Fourth of July holida ...
    July 12, 2016 - 1:31 pm
  • Drop failed education theories

    The May meeting agenda of the state board of education included how to understand the changes to education made by Congressional revision of No Child ...
    July 11, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • Libertarianism for beginners

    It took me years to figure out that markets work better than government.I started out as a typical R ...
    July 11, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • ‘Eye’ can’t even

    If you complain about your biannual visits to the dentist, it seems you’re in pretty good company. The cleaning, the poking, the forgetting to floss u ...
    July 11, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Three cheers for our grand marshal

    Once again our community was treated to a super special Independence Day Parade … led by one of Newton’s most popular and beloved grand marshals, Juni ...
    July 8, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Soak up the summer sun

    With summer nearly half over, have you had the chance to soak up the sun yet? Before summer passes, take some time to go outside, relax in the grass a ...
    July 8, 2016 - 11:54 am
  • It’s my ‘go-to’

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 21, 2015.Everyone has their favorite comfort fo ...
    July 8, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Appreciative for ALICE training

    The Baxter Early Learning Center recently experienced ALICE training, courtesy of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. Through an expedient coordin ...
    July 8, 2016 - 10:59 am