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A rebuke of Skiff name change

Allow me to add my voice to those of local citizens who decry the loss of the Skiff name in association with our nearly 100-year-old hospita…

OPEN Sister City Month 2019

OPEN (Organization Promoting Everlasting Neighbors) has been a part of the Newton and Jasper County area for 27 years. January is “Sister Ci…

Don’t complain,  participate

From childhood, I was told the United States is a participatory democracy. Maybe participatory is redundant, but “participatory” means democ…

Close the achievement gap

Iowa is failing to close its achievement gap and raise its standards up to national grade level. Iowa’s poorly-trained educators continue to…

HD55, let’s get it together

How will the absentee ballots counting problem be resolved for the folks in (Iowa House District) 55 — Decorah area — and what will that mea…

Affordable childcare hits rock bottom

The future prosperity of Iowa and the United States depends on our ability to support our next generation. We have hit rock bottom on afford…

Congrats to Easley

Congratulations to Outback Bowl MVP Nick Easley for a great career and a fabulous final game as a Hawkeye. All Cardinal and Hawkeye fans are…

There’s still time

If you haven’t yet taken time to visit the holiday lights display at Maytag Park, I would really encourage you to do so. My hat is off to al…

We need Medicaid to work

Medicaid makes it possible for thousands of low-income Iowans — low-income children and adults, people with disabilities and seniors — to ac…
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