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  • 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
  • Bettors beat the pundits

    Want to know who the next president will be?Don’t trust polls or pundits. Betting odds at ElectionBe ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Report card inflates results

    Sue AtkinsonBaxterIowa has issued its first education report card, unfortunately using the low Iowa ...
    Jan. 8, 2016 - 10:36 am
  • Let’s all go to the lobby

    Going to the movies has always been one of my favorite activities.I don’t know if it’s the ding soun ...
    Jan. 8, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • It’s all in the follow-through

    This may come as no surprise, but let me clarify ... I have nothing in common with Mark Zuckerberg.T ...
    Jan. 8, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • Views aren’t supported by facts

    Mark AlspaughHot Springs Village, Ark.Thanks to Jerald Nelson for his service to our country as note ...
    Jan. 8, 2016 - 10:37 am