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Opinion

  • Putting a hold on our children’s education

    How many know that Iowa has put a hold on the improvement of student proficiency standards?  Not only is there a hold on improvement, but two differen ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • What have I created?

    Most parents are familiar with those times you’re so proud of your kids, you just fill with pride. Maybe a teacher tells you about an act of kindness ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 11:56 am
  • Corn dogs at the ready

    The corn dogs are battered and already in the fryer at one food vendor on the Iowa State Fair Grand Concourse.
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Dominoes that play God bless America

    I’m not kidding. Arnie DeJaynes, age 92, of New London is still at it. Everyday, like a faithful grandfather clock that keeps on ticking, he goes down ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Support our youth and future generations — vote yes Sept. 13

    It is a privilege to write this column to encourage Newton residents to consider supporting the upcoming bond vote to construct a new Middle School. C ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • More than two options

    I can’t believe how often I hear Americans say they must vote for a certain candidate because the alternative candidate is terrible, and we must choos ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Newton needs fiscal resposibility

    Recently I read about he Park Board discussing next year’s Fourth of July activities. Two ideas were a beer tent at Agnes Patterson and parking at Mem ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Take civil action against pipeline

    I was disappointed to read in the Newton Daily News that arson is suspected in the burning of Dakota Access equipment — in use to install the Bakken P ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • When we want to elect mommy or daddy

    Americans want to elect Daddy or Mommy.That’s what this election has become. It hasn’t been about co ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • A beautiful death

    Men who believe in some version of Islam cut the throat of Fr. Jacques Hamel the way you’d cut the throat of a hog. He was 85, a priest celebrating Ma ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Omaha here we come

    Our first official family vacation is in the books. It only lasted a weekend, and we didn’t travel far, but it was the first time we headed out just a ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Rural Iowa can’t afford Patty Judge

    If a candidate is known by the company they keep, the endorsement of Patty Judge by the deceptively named League of Conservation Voters and its misgui ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • CVB is important advocate for Newton

    A few weeks ago the Convention and Visitors Bureau held an open house celebrating 20 years of work in Newton. Congratulations. The CVB has had several ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • Another successful county fair in the books

    The Jasper County Fair was again a success. The rains and the heat both gave us challenges but we all adapted to the weather and didn’t let it stop us ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Support for children’s choir camp appreciated

    If ever there was question of the terrific community in which we live, let me assure you, there shouldn’t be. Iowa Youth Chorus and the Newton Library ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:46 am