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  • Column: No such thing as ‘good-natured’ assault

    “Oh give me a [expletive] break. Women are so quick to scream sexual assault for any little thing now that it has desensitized us all and takes away f ...
    Oct. 30, 2017 - 12:10 pm
  • Just a little weekend trip

    It’s no secret ... I love my nearly 100-year-old house. I doubt there is a square corner through the entire structure. And I’m not a fan of the plaste ...
    Oct. 27, 2017 - 10:04 am
  • Regulation needed for factory farms

    I have retired to a small acreage and I worry that my property could become unlivable or lose much of its value if an unregulated CAFO (Concentrated A ...
    Oct. 27, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Make your voice heard, be a voter on Nov. 7

    An election that could have a major impact on your daily life is rapidly approaching. City elections take place throughout Iowa on Nov. 7. Although th ...
    Oct. 27, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Column: A tale of two stores

    Editor’s note: This column originally published March 26, 2015. Shop small is a slogan and movement ...
    Oct. 27, 2017 - 10:26 am
  • George supports progress in Newton

    City of Newton voters — I ran for city council in 2011 because Newton was ready to move forward. It was time for the council to take the necessary ste ...
    Oct. 26, 2017 - 9:42 am
  • Column: Terrific tiger tales

    I have always been more of a cat person. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs too. My family had the best dog in the world when I was growing up. Lucky liv ...
    Oct. 26, 2017 - 10:11 am
  • Keep fire at the forefront this Halloween

    I get it. You were working in your lab late one night and didn’t remind your youngest superhero to watch his cape near open flames. Accidents happen. ...
    Oct. 26, 2017 - 9:42 am
  • The case of the missing buns

    Ginnie had been shopping all afternoon and was abuzz with shop-itus when she pulled into the garage. I helped her unload the car as she debriefed, sho ...
    Oct. 26, 2017 - 9:41 am
  • Disappointed in Colfax office closure

    I don’t think they should close the paper office in Colfax for several reasons: Probably way more advertising is from Colfax merchants and businesses ...
    Oct. 25, 2017 - 10:35 am
  • Newton needs leaders like George

    Leadership is key to any city’s growth and success. We’ve been fortunate in Newton to have leaders like Evelyn George who can find ways to work togeth ...
    Oct. 25, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • The delusional optimism of both sides

    This week, President Trump went to battle with Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson. Johnson’s husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in Niger earlier ...
    Oct. 25, 2017 - 10:36 am
  • A Toys R Us kid

    You may not have heard, but Toys R Us is in trouble. Six weeks ago the retail giant filed for bankruptcy, citing slumping sales and tough competition ...
    Oct. 25, 2017 - 10:37 am
  • Oppose cuts to earned benefits in the joint budget resolution

    As a member of the federal community who served our country for years, I am deeply concerned that my hard-earned benefits will be cut to offset propos ...
    Oct. 25, 2017 - 10:35 am
  • An independent thinker’s guide to the tax debate

    For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax cut for you.” And each time, they count on us to suspend all judgment.
    Oct. 24, 2017 - 9:50 am