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  • Column: ‘Beautiful’ from start to finish

    When going to a stage show you haven’t seen before, there is always some apprehension. One never quite knows what to expect. A little research can hel ...
    Dec. 9, 2016 - 11:01 am
  • Column: Jovie is a morning person

    One month ago, if someone would have asked me to define the term “zoomies,” I would have said it must be chain of restaurants exclusive to NASCAR-owne ...
    Dec. 8, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • Column: Missing the point on wages

    Sometime several decades ago — probably about the time giant corporations that own low-end department store and fast-food restaurant chains gained pow ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 11:01 am
  • Column: Winter wonderland

    Over the past weekend, we got our first taste of winter weather, more specifically, snow. The majority of the snow fell while I was out of town in Cou ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • The next chapter

    Each time you pass through the front door of the Newton Daily News you’re met with an opportunity to revisit the past with a collection of significant ...
    Dec. 5, 2016 - 11:07 am
  • Column: Never say goodbye

    Anytime you are moving to a new location and starting a new job, it can be nerve-wracking. When I took the job here in Newton, I had a slight advantag ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • My new Christmas traditions

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Dec. 17, 2015I’m having trouble coming up with excus ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Column: The movie we need, not the movie we deserve

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Dec. 31, 2015. If you’re a frequent reader of my co ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 10:51 am
  • Column: Get out, see your country

    When John Cougar Mellencamp recorded his 1980s music videos in the southern half of his home state of Indiana, he was showing off a unique section of ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:27 am
  • Column: Wide awake, dreaming

    During my college years, I became friends with a girl who grew up with five brothers and sisters. At that time, two of her siblings were still in high ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:59 am
  • Giving thanks

    The holidays are the best time of year. Even though the temperatures are turning colder preventing me from doing my favorite outdoor activities, I don ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • My favorite holiday

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published on Nov. 27, 2015.I love Thanksgiving. I might even g ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Column: Mental health requires facilities

    As we sit down to our Thanksgiving meals this week, we should absolutely savor all the great treats and pleasant company — even if we go for one more ...
    Nov. 23, 2016 - 9:41 am
  • Column: Going to the theater

    As a kid, my parents exposed me to many different mediums of entertainment. We attended sports events, concerts, movies, the icecapades or whatever yo ...
    Nov. 22, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • Letter of resignation

    I ask you to seriously consider your news sources. The New York Times, The Des Moines Register, the Newton Daily News are credible sources. We work re ...
    Nov. 21, 2016 - 11:30 am