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  • Clearing some misconceptions about felons and voting

    Despite what you might have read or heard recently, felons are not permanently barred from voting in Iowa. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding ...
    July 7, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • We’ve still got the beat

    There are many advantages to living in central Iowa. For a city boy like myself, it goes beyond learning that food, washing machines and fuel didn’t m ...
    July 6, 2016 - 12:07 pm
  • Fiscal responsibility is paying off

    The State of Iowa remains in good financial shape, according to independent analysis by the Iowa State Auditor and others.
    July 6, 2016 - 12:07 pm
  • Round Up, Rodeo a success thanks to many

    On behalf of the Jasper County Fair board and the JCF Round Up & Rodeo, I along with volunteers Alan Guy, Amanda Knight and fair board president Mike ...
    July 6, 2016 - 12:06 pm
  • When abortion fans let the truth slip out

    Last week the Supreme Court issued yet another politically driven leftist decision, this time over the contentious issue of abortion. The court explai ...
    July 6, 2016 - 12:07 pm
  • Quality facilities important for kids, community

    This September, voters will go to the polls to vote on the bond issue to build a new 5-8 middle school. As a parent and teacher, I recognize the impor ...
    July 5, 2016 - 11:31 am
  • We’re done, for now

    Our first big project in our new house is coming to an end. After more than six months of work, we will finally be able to live normally in our new li ...
    July 5, 2016 - 11:32 am
  • Christian symbols don’t belong on government ground

    I have a friend memorialized on the veterans wall east of the courthouse. He was a thoughtful, intellectual and spiritual support for many people from ...
    July 5, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • Waaaah! The gays stole my America

    As gay people continue to force their thick, muscular agenda down my unwilling throat, I gag on the America we’re losing so fast.
    July 5, 2016 - 11:31 am
  • Vacation vs. stay-cation

    Much like any kid the last few days of the school year, my mind is struggling to stay on task.I have ...
    July 1, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Gone fishin’ ... again

    It’s a warm, quiet morning other than the sounds of the chirping insects, bees buzzing and the occasional frog’s croak. The sun glints and gleams off ...
    July 1, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Supports Payton for District 29

    Residents of Newton, have you never voted before, never cared about elections, never wanted to be bothered? Then, this is the time for you to get invo ...
    July 1, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • What goes up doesn’t always come down

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 15, 2015Space and space exploration is having a ...
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • The nonviolent history of American independence

    Independence Day is commemorated with fireworks and flag-waving, gun salutes and military parades ... however, one of our nation’s founding fathers, J ...
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • Heat reading

    Sweltering in this August heat in June? Chill out with a good book and a Coke-Zero Float. Here are three “reads” you might consider.
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am