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  • Alcohol is a drug — period

    It’s a beautiful, warm weekend evening, and booze is flowing. Good times are about to roll for adults all across Iowa.​
    April 13, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Homework needed before buying a dog

    High five to Mike Mendenhall who shared they are ready to add a dog to their family. I commend this family for the homework they have done in recogniz ...
    April 13, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Volunteers make Cross Walk a success

    Newton’s cluster of downtown churches allows for joint worship opportunities on a regular basis. Good Friday 2016 provided another chance for Christia ...
    April 13, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • Trump whines until he loses

    Last Tuesday night, Senator Ted Cruz won a sweeping victory over 2016 Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Cruz won virtual ...
    April 13, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • Politics, religion and pipe dreams

    The whole world is a stage of insanity when it comes to politics, religions and even at times soul mates like a man and a woman who live together for ...
    April 12, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • To the play place we will go

    With a remodel currently taking place in our house, the girls and myself find ourselves out and about to give my husband undisturbed time to work. Tha ...
    April 12, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Helping Iowa’s veterans

    The Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to help our state’s veterans find jobs and give them the resources they need to be successful once they ...
    April 12, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Kelley supports Medicaid oversight

    Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid is a mess. I’m thankful our State Rep. Dan Kelley has stood up to the governor and fought to stop his ...
    April 12, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Candidates walk into a bar

    As someone who tended bar for a while back in graduate school, I not only believe alcohol reveals character, I believe drinking alcohol in public reve ...
    April 12, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Columnist helps celebrate IPTV

    Dana King is spot-on about British programming on PBS in her April 1 column. Like Ms. King, I’ve been a fan of BBC, ITV, Granada and other U.K. “telly ...
    April 11, 2016 - 10:30 am
  • Community colleges are key to expanding Iowa’s middle class

    Iowa’s community colleges play a big role in expanding our middle class by helping more Iowans gain the knowledge and skills they need to fill jobs, f ...
    April 12, 2016 - 12:11 pm
  • Progress in Jasper County

    Mention the special project “Progress” to a reporter and you may get a dirty look, a hefty sigh or a resignation letter.
    April 11, 2016 - 10:32 am
  • Freedom to disagree

    “Should a Jewish baker be forced to bake a cake for a Nazi wedding?”I asked that strange but importa ...
    April 11, 2016 - 10:30 am
  • Voting is a sacred privilege

    Iowa is one of the best states in the nation in terms of accessibility to the polls. Participating in the electoral process is a civic responsibility ...
    April 8, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • So much to do this spring

    As much as one savors the peace and quiet of a rainy April day, we look forward to the sun and splendor of May.
    April 8, 2016 - 10:49 am