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  • Payton will cut Planned Parenthood funding

    Over the last year or so, it has come to light that Planned Parenthood has not only been engaged in destroying human life but has also been profiting ...
    Oct. 11, 2016 - 11:37 am
  • The Stumpf banking system

    “Stumpf” is a German adjective for someone who’s obtuse, slow on the uptake, imperceptive, or to put it bluntly, stupid.
    Oct. 11, 2016 - 11:38 am
  • Column: A great weekend

    Every once in a while, you just have a really great weekend. Activities fall into place, your teams win and when Sunday night comes, you’re actually r ...
    Oct. 11, 2016 - 12:21 pm
  • Get outta my way, ya clown

    The other day, a local police department told people to call the cops only if they saw a clown where he didn’t belong.
    Oct. 11, 2016 - 11:37 am
  • Be a United Way hero

    This marks my first year as a United Way of Jasper County board member. While I have heaps to learn, I would like to share what I have discovered so f ...
    Oct. 10, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Admiring foreign leaders

    Asked on a TV show to name a foreign leader he admires, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson choked. He couldn’t produce a name. ...
    Oct. 10, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Payton is a powerful advocate

    I first met Patrick Payton as an income tax instructor for the paralegal program at Des Moines Area Community College in 1981. It was a night class an ...
    Oct. 10, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Column: You can’t do anything

    I’m walking, enjoying a beautiful autumn day and headed to one of several meetings I’ll attend to try to better our community. As I make my way down N ...
    Oct. 10, 2016 - 12:06 pm
  • A blast from the past

    I drive down the highway surrounded by calm fields. They’re golden now, a warm, earthy, wheat color only the sun can produce. The land is ready for th ...
    Oct. 7, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • They call it puppy love

    Editor’s Note: The column originally published Nov. 13, 2015I love my dogs. We currently have three ...
    Oct. 7, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Why our kids are coming in last place

    The United States, anyone could reasonably argue, has the most accomplished elite athletes in the world. The best evidence? In Rio this past summer, y ...
    Oct. 7, 2016 - 11:15 am
  • Column: Live from Facebook

    During the height of the Apollo program in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the live broadcast of a Saturn V rocket launch was — pardon the expression— ...
    Oct. 6, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Let’s demand more from city officials

    This letter is in response to Charlie Elliott’s letter asking for city leader’s reconsideration to allow backyard beekeeping in Newton city limits. Wh ...
    Oct. 6, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • Housewarming

    You’re all invited! Ginnie and I were married here, we added on here and we want you here. We’re having a housewarming/open house from noon until 4 p. ...
    Oct. 6, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • Supports Payton for Iowa House

    We have known Mr. Payton for the 10 years we have lived in Newton. We have found Mr. Payton to be warm, helpful and personable. He has gone out of his ...
    Oct. 6, 2016 - 10:42 am