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  • Order or law, which nation do we want to be?

    When I was in primary school, I had the privilege to consider Francisco Luna my friend. His father was a member of the Ecuadorian military who had fal ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:29 am
  • I don't know the ways of the snow plow

    Comedian George Carlin occasionally asked American audiences, “Is it safe to drink the water here?”I ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:29 am
  • My thoughts on Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is finally here and it reminds me, like many of you, to reflect on the past year and think about what we’re truly thankful for. I have ma ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:29 am
  • I LOVE the dentist

    “But I want to go to the dentist!” That is a phrase you wouldn’t expect to hear from anyone really, but it is what I heard when I dropped off my oldes ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 11:43 am
  • An uphill fight against misconceptions

    Last week I found myself standing with Cliff Huxtable.Not with Bill Cosby, but with Cliff, the ficti ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • 10 places to Christmas shop small this season

    As Christmas approaches yet again, it seems as though there’s not a lot of shopping options in Newton — which is why it’s extremely important that we ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 10:44 am
  • Polar vortex or no polar vortex, it's slick out there

    Iowa roadways during the colder months can become quickly traitorous. But as the powder melts away every March and cities put away their salt and sand ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Wind-turbines, junk and football

    Just like the movie, “Nebraska,” the road to Lincoln, in this case I-80 in western Iowa, cut through rolling cattle country, terraced crop land, and f ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • It's time to tell other stories

    For most of my adult life, my main task has been telling the stories of athletes — most of them school-age athletes.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:26 am
  • Think positive thoughts

    With snow on the ground and temperatures in single digits, winter seems to be officially here, even if not on the calendar for another month. I am not ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • From tragedy to triumph

    A 9-year-old girl with no bed.A mother evicted following the sudden death of her husband.A family di ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 11:09 am
  • Some things we don't talk about

    It was late in the evening Tuesday night and I had just gotten home from watching two hours of The Voice at my mom’s.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:14 pm
  • Iowa voters know their ballot counts

    When I voted Nov. 4 at my precinct at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Colfax, I was the 81st voter in my ward. It was 3 p.m. and with six hours left ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Winter reading

    Gillian Flynn, that’s all you need to know. I heard her being interviewed on NPR, the source of many books I read, and gave her a shot. I wasn’t disap ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Give thanks to our vets

    The 11th day of the 11th month is designated as Veterans Day.Communities across the nation celebrat ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 11:28 am
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    Reader Poll

    What’s your favorite part of celebrating the holidays in Newton?
    Lighting of the courthouse
    Shopping local
    Visiting Santa Claus
    Holiday tour of homes
    4-H Festival of Trees