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Opinion

  • Column: Back away from the grill

    There are many things I’m not good at — being patient in traffic, applying sunless tanner, exercising restraint when shopping at Target. What probably ...
    March 6, 2017 - 10:18 am
  • Editorial: Get to know, support, uplift Newton

    On Sunday Newton made national news in the Washington Post. The news article titled “These Iowans voted for Trump. Many of them are already disappoint ...
    March 3, 2017 - 11:56 am
  • Let’s not keep the joy for ourselves

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published Sept. 22, 2016What is more precious than a child ...
    March 3, 2017 - 9:53 am
  • I’m OK just being myself

    DorkThe Urban Dictionary defines a dork as:Someone who has odd interests, and is often silly at time ...
    March 3, 2017 - 9:53 am
  • Protestors don’t speak for all

    The recent raucous town hall meetings for Iowa’s Congressional representatives are a showcase for heckling, but they, the protesters, don’t speak for ...
    March 2, 2017 - 10:02 am
  • Upset with local taxes

    The Feb. 23 Daily News had the budget estimate for Jasper County. It stated, “The board of Supervisors intends to levy general basic property tax rate ...
    March 2, 2017 - 10:02 am
  • Column: Fantastic film and a flub

    Well, the biggest night in movies has come and gone, and it wasn’t without its problems. The show was actually running fairly well, until the final aw ...
    March 2, 2017 - 10:31 am
  • Iowa River Maple

    Temperatures were peaking in the high 60s on a Saturday this mid-February, not your typical maple-syrup-making weather, but Sam Wilson, of Wapello, wa ...
    March 2, 2017 - 10:01 am
  • Thank you, hometown Newton

    Lately there has been negative news from Washington, D.C., the Statehouse and places all over the country and the world. I want to take a moment to wr ...
    March 1, 2017 - 9:53 am
  • What if there’s no plan?

    “Nobody panics when things go according to plan, even if the plan is horrifying!” the Joker says in “The Dark Knight.” “Introduce a little anarchy. Up ...
    March 1, 2017 - 9:53 am
  • Column: An uneducated observation

    I used to be a movie guru. I’m somewhat disappointed in myself I didn’t know much about nearly any of the movies that were nominated at the 89th Oscar ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:18 am
  • Funnel week is upon us

    It’s been a week of back-to-back committee meetings, as lawmakers try to vote as many bills out of committee as they can before the first funnel deadl ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 10:09 am
  • I’m an enemy of the people

    I’m too young to have been a big fan of what they used to call “protest music.” By the time I was in high school, there was a lot more disco than ther ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 10:09 am
  • Column: Getting back to healthy

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published March 1, 2016. Six days. Six days have passed and f ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Fake news

    “Fake News!” shouts our president, calling out CNN, The New York Times and others.I love it.Although ...
    Feb. 27, 2017 - 10:24 am