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  • We owe it to our seniors

    Last weekend we were doing a little gardening at my girlfriend’s parent’s Des Moines north side home. While weeding a bed of tulips, we could see from ...
    April 21, 2016 - 10:54 am
  • Mouse mobile heads to Missouri

    I was vacuuming out my car for a weekend trip to Missouri with Ginnie, when I saw shredded foil on the floor of the car. I thought it looked suspiciou ...
    April 21, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • I was not a good kindergartner

    I love to hear adults tell stories about terrible or mean things they did when they were children, followed by some general cleanup about how they wer ...
    April 20, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • Voters should educate themselves about needs at Berg Complex

    In five months, we will ask Newton citizens to go to the polls for a special election on a bond issue for the construction of a new 5-8 middle school. ...
    April 20, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • Retention and reading proficiency

    Last Wednesday the Senate passed HF 2413, a bill meant to clarify the intent of a 2012 law focusing on early childhood literacy and provide school dis ...
    April 20, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • The second time around

    As my second round of dance pictures rolls around this year, I’m honoring my first attempt by reflecting on the ordeal that took place a year ago this ...
    April 19, 2016 - 11:37 am
  • Bouncer bill time at the statehouse

    The last few of weeks in the Iowa Legislature have been geared toward working on the budget and running “bouncer bills” between the chambers. Bouncer ...
    April 19, 2016 - 2:53 pm
  • At the theater

    I have always admired people who could perform improv scenes. In high school speech, I watched my brother and fellow teammates draw scenarios out of a ...
    April 18, 2016 - 11:33 am
  • A second chance dream

    I had the strangest dream this week.It was present day. It felt like it could have been today only i ...
    April 15, 2016 - 11:42 am
  • It’s just a thought

    So as I was driving to work this morning, I actually paid attention to myself. I know that sounds odd, but as I was going through my daily rundown in ...
    April 15, 2016 - 11:41 am
  • Locked out

    I usually step into the garage with Ginnie as she takes off for her early morning commute to Ottumwa. I tell her to look both ways before pulling out ...
    April 14, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Should we reduce courtship to 140 characters?

    I recently realized I’m becoming what most young people subconsciously fear as they leave their 20s behind and enter their “adult decades.” I’m becomi ...
    April 14, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Alcohol is a drug — period

    It’s a beautiful, warm weekend evening, and booze is flowing. Good times are about to roll for adults all across Iowa.​
    April 13, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • To the play place we will go

    With a remodel currently taking place in our house, the girls and myself find ourselves out and about to give my husband undisturbed time to work. Tha ...
    April 12, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Helping Iowa’s veterans

    The Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to help our state’s veterans find jobs and give them the resources they need to be successful once they ...
    April 12, 2016 - 11:16 am