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  • Supporting bill a bill against hate groups

    First, I want to wish everyone an enjoyable Easter. I hope you and your family are able to get outside and enjoy nicer weather. It seems like winter i ...
    April 3, 2015 - 10:57 am
  • The first washing machine made in Newton

    There is little doubt, if any, among those who research and follow Newton history that A. K. Skow’s arrival from Denmark in 1872, and his brothers, N. ...
    April 2, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Respect where you tread, keep moving forward

    When I moved into a late 19th century house on Iowa City’s northeast side in 2010, I slept in what my brother affectionately called “The Hobbit Room.” ...
    April 2, 2015 - 11:29 am
  • Trees, nature come to life

    From my bedroom window, as I lie in bed, I watch the sunrise pour golden honey over the tops of trees, painting orange clothes on brown limbs, dressin ...
    April 2, 2015 - 11:28 am
  • Here’s the address — April Fools!

    When I saw April Fools Day on a calendar recently, it reminded me of a cruel joke played years ago upon newcomers to the Newton area.
    April 1, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Tax reform: How to grow state revenue

    Recently, the House Ways and Means committee passed income tax reform legislation (HF 604) that would not only give Iowans a choice on how they file t ...
    April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am
  • Ready for the hunt

    The girls have been to several family Easter egg hunts but this year was their first community event. After a mishap last year that caused us to miss ...
    March 31, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • Preventing the dangerous crime of stalking

    The Iowa Senate recently approved two bills to prevent stalking, which can leave victims feeling terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened or wo ...
    March 31, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • YPJC hits home run with Re-Prom

    Truth be told I’ve been sitting at the computer for an hour, slightly revising the introduction of my column over and over again — the struggle is rea ...
    March 30, 2015 - 11:40 am
  • School funding crisis will continue

    The school funding crisis will continue on for at least another week after a bi-partisan committee met on Tuesday but the House majority again refused ...
    March 30, 2015 - 11:39 am
  • So you think you can dance?

    High school seems like a century ago, and I guess that’s partly true since I started in 1999. They w ...
    March 27, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • Family- owned: A tale of two stores

    Shop small is a slogan and movement most Iowans understand and strive to live toward. We all find ourselves lost in the 50-aisle maze that is Walmart ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Marijuana

    Last month, I wrote an article on marijuana use. I cited information from the American Institute of Drug Abuse and a nationwide coalition of high scho ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:39 am
  • Nursing care for hard-to-place Iowans

    Iowa’s long-term care services receive high praise for quality and affordability. In fact, Iowa’s long-term care services are ranked 13th best in the ...
    March 26, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Views of cops separate from views of policy

    When drafted military personnel returned home during the Vietnam era, protesters were waiting around with signs, some condemning them for their indent ...
    March 25, 2015 - 10:52 am
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