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  • Fill-up your car before Sunday!

    The governor signed a bill I opposed Wednesday morning which will take $3.7 million out of Jasper County pockets. An additional 10 cents will be added ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Facebook February

    February is my favorite month. OK, I have to admit the main reason for my fondness is because it’s my birth month. It makes it easy to love.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • The future

    Future cars may be driverless and powered by hydrogen. Toyota already has a hydrogen fuel-cell model ready for the market, with other auto makers scra ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • Wrestlers use unique combo of brains, brawn

    High school and college wrestlers have told me it’s tough to describe their yearly cycle of training and preparing, let alone describe what it’s like ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 10:52 am
  • My other love — crafting

    As a hobby and a way to make some fun money, I started crafting about eight years ago. My mom taught me how to sew with my own little machine when I w ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • Stacking the deck

    A new precedent has been established in Iowa politics: If at first you don’t succeed, stack the deck so you get your desired outcome. At least that is ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:18 am
  • Learning to abide

    Last week my sports editor walked into my office and told me I need to step up my bowling game. Whil ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • How should our state universities be funded?

    Historically, state universities and colleges have received state funding based on the number of full-time students enrolled at the beginning of the s ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • The root of all evil

    I don’t want get political, but let’s for just a moment. I know you probably don’t want to hear abou ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 11:02 am
  • Citizens voice opposition to gas tax

    I’ve received hundreds of phone calls, emails and letters from Jasper County residents on the gas tax bill. By a margin of 7 to 1, you oppose a dramat ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 11:01 am
  • Colon- oscopy Wednesday

    Although not usually a palatable topic for a human-interest column, I couldn’t help but write about my second colonoscopy. It had been 10 years since ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:22 am
  • I’ve run out of patience with ‘Kanyadians’

    There are certainly heavier subjects to take on than celebrity behavior. Nearly any military who have recently returned from overseas duty would proba ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:54 am
  • A bridge too far?

    A key principle to employ when expenses outweigh revenues is making sure that government is operating as efficiently as possible. Raising taxes should ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Keeping away the big, scary monkey

    It took just a few months shy of four years, but we finally had our first lasting bad dream. My oldest still takes the occasional nap and when I picke ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • End bullying in Iowa

    A couple of years ago I spent a lot of time reading, researching and learning about bullying in schools. Amid the mounds of material that is available ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:04 am
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    Should the speed limit on some Iowa highways be changed to 75 mph?