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  • Locals realizing the reality of human trafficking

    Citizens of Newton and Jasper County have become more aware of the reality of human trafficking thanks to a local group called “Newton Says ‘No’ to Hu ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Tell me your troubles

    I missed my calling.I’m not sure exactly when I became so wise, but I’m a master when it comes to di ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • God Bag

    With knowing hands, I opened the old lunch sack. There it was in my own hand writing on a piece of scratch paper. All the wants I had wanted years ago ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:55 am
  • Carson has moral character

    Doug SmithAlexandria, Ind.I don’t live in your community, and my aim is not to be intrusive. I know ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • It’s about freedom

    Carol JonesNewtonIn his 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” I ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Vote yes on Feb. 2 PCM GO Bond

    I’m proud to say my roots run deep in PCM. I attended Monroe Elementary, following the fire went to the current middle school and finished out in the ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 12:39 pm
  • Don’t base your vote on ‘winnability’

    When I stepped into a voting booth for the first time, I knew I was voting for someone I believed would be a good leader.
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Raising minimum wage is smart business, smart politics

    Raising the minimum wage makes good business sense whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent. It should not be a partisan issue.
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • West’s terminal radical Islam denial syndrome

    Last year, there were 452 suicide terror attacks across the world. Four hundred and fifty of them were committed by Muslims. Last month, Muslims pledg ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Working for you in 2016

    With the 2016 legislative session getting under way, I remain committed to my constituents Jasper and Polk counties. My primary job is listening to yo ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 2:58 pm
  • Winter Blues

    The time has come where my couch is no longer just for sitting and the stairs are a new, interesting place to watch what happens when you toss toys do ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:25 am
  • Public officials running ‘smear campaign’

    Dan KelleyNewtonIt’s been quite some time since I’ve responded to a smear letter in our local paper. ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:25 am
  • I hate ‘Downton Abbey’

    It is his lordship’s tweed that drew me in, I suppose. I am a great wearer of tweed and, when my wife decided we would watch the British series “Downt ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:25 am
  • They say it’s your birthday

    My favorite childhood birthday party celebrated my fifth birthday. It could be because it’s so well documented in photographs, but when I look through ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 11:53 am
  • Review of 2015: Senate gets to work

    At year’s end, most Americans take stock of the previous 12 months and consider if they met their goals for the year. A review of one’s bank account, ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 11:52 am