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  • The grass is always greener

    “I spent 20 years wandering around the world hunting arty subjects to paint. I came back, and the first thing I noticed was the cross-stitched embroid ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • Legislative session won’t adjourn on time

    We are now one week from the 110th day of the 2015 legislative session. That is the day we are scheduled to adjourn for the year. However, it won’t ha ...
    April 24, 2015 - 11:46 am
  • Celebrity news is unnecessary, but necessary

    When a video of Brit McHenry recently circulated the globe, and appeared to make the ESPN reporter sound mean and insulting to a tow-lot employee, a l ...
    April 22, 2015 - 11:13 am
  • Smile for the camera

    With the invention of the camera phone, parents are able to take pictures of their kids at any time and in any quantity.
    April 21, 2015 - 11:40 am
  • Gas tax revisited

    “We can’t afford to wait!”That’s the theme proponents of raising the gas tax consistently emphasized ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:33 am
  • Birds and blooms

    There’s something magical about the spring discovery process at a new home. We’ve lived at our house for nearly two years, but this is just the second ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • Flying the ‘friendly’ skies

    Recently, I was giving advice on standard operating procedures when traveling by airplane. The person in question had never flown and was asking a few ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • Washington-style gridlock at statehouse

    It frustrates me that kids’ educations are, once again, being used as political bargaining chips. There is still no breakthrough to resolve the school ...
    April 17, 2015 - 11:43 am
  • April Fools

    Being the high school class clown, graduating to prankster and practical jokester came natural. April Fools’ Day is a gimme.
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Schieffer’s retirement is loss to quality journalism

    Pragmatism and balanced analysis is an increasingly dying art in journalism, and is almost nonexistent in the 24-hour-per-day media cycle of cable’s i ...
    April 16, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Everyone remembers their first trips to the drive-in

    I remember the muggy night as if were a week ago — even though it was in June of 1977. My parents dragged me and my toddler sister to the Ranch Drive- ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Let the games begin

    Do you ever feel like you’re running nonstop and you’re just entirely unable to catch your breath? Welcome to spring sports and three kids.
    April 13, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • A right to discriminate

    Bake me a cake, or go to jail!Sadly, that is the new message from “inclusive” America. If you don’t ...
    April 13, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Once a golfer, always a golfer

    “Ted, you don’t have to go up in the stands and play your foul balls. I do,” said golfer Sam Smead, to friend and baseball player Ted Williams. 
    April 10, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • A love that goes beyond the land

    Early in the morning, he rises with knees creaking as he stands from his bed. He prepares for the long day ahead, donning his worn pair of coveralls a ...
    April 9, 2015 - 11:18 am
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    Reader Poll

    Did the Newton City Council make the right decision in allocating $1 million toward acquisitions and demolitions of commercial buildings on First Avenue and the interchange corridors?