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Opinion

  • Trump simply can’t stop himself

    This week, Donald Trump decided to step on every rake in a 30-mile radius. Fresh off of Hillary Clinton’s pathetic display of insanely soporific robot ...
    Aug. 10, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • Celebrating Old Settlers

    Another Old Settlers has come and gone and I think, at least if you ask my kids, it was a good one.P ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 11:07 am
  • Keep demanding awareness of mental health crisis

    Jasper County was well represented Sunday in a march to raise awareness of Iowa’s mental health crisis.
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 11:52 am
  • Who dies for America?

    The young man on whose grave the nation dances had the last name Khan. Not Cohen. Not Cohan.Cohen is ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Friendships and harmony

    Sometimes church potlucks and friendships payoff. This much was true for me the final weeks of July when I fell into two amazing concert opportunities ...
    Aug. 8, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Beyond two evils

    Many people dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — for good reason: Both are power-hungry threats to democracy and rule of law.
    Aug. 8, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • DNC experience revealed united Democratic Party

    I was proud and honored to be a part of the Iowa delegation at the recent Democratic National Convention. It was a historic convention, and I left wit ...
    Aug. 8, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • American pie

    There’s something special about baking a pie — the work, the time, the history — but do you know what’s even better than making a pie? Eating a pie. A ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 11:03 am
  • Putting a hold on our children’s education

    How many know that Iowa has put a hold on the improvement of student proficiency standards?  Not only is there a hold on improvement, but two differen ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • What have I created?

    Most parents are familiar with those times you’re so proud of your kids, you just fill with pride. Maybe a teacher tells you about an act of kindness ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 11:56 am
  • Corn dogs at the ready

    The corn dogs are battered and already in the fryer at one food vendor on the Iowa State Fair Grand Concourse.
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Dominoes that play God bless America

    I’m not kidding. Arnie DeJaynes, age 92, of New London is still at it. Everyday, like a faithful grandfather clock that keeps on ticking, he goes down ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Support our youth and future generations — vote yes Sept. 13

    It is a privilege to write this column to encourage Newton residents to consider supporting the upcoming bond vote to construct a new Middle School. C ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • More than two options

    I can’t believe how often I hear Americans say they must vote for a certain candidate because the alternative candidate is terrible, and we must choos ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Newton needs fiscal resposibility

    Recently I read about he Park Board discussing next year’s Fourth of July activities. Two ideas were a beer tent at Agnes Patterson and parking at Mem ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am