Opinion

  • Legislature working through end of session

    The 2014 session is scheduled to end on Tuesday, April 22.  While it’s unclear if we’ll finish exactly on time, we’re going to keep working right up t ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • Government as an innovator? You bet!

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.
    April 18, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • This week is Nation Public Safety Telecommunications Week

    To the editor:This week, April 14-18, is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. We have a s ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • Class of '44 graduate recalls Lynn comment

    To the editor:I graduated from Newton High School in 1944. I have always been thankful for the excel ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • The window that wouldn't work

    What goes up usually comes down. I say usually in this instance because most objects that go up come down, from flipped coins to my bank account. That ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • JCCA presents 'energetic' finale

    The Jasper County Concert Association will presented its season finale Thursday, April 3, at Newton Senior High School. It was quite an energetic fina ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • Medium Pulp

    It was one of those rare special evenings. The kind you wish you could plan for, but just as with a star shooting across the night sky, you never can ...
    April 17, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • Ty's Take: Paying tribute to the ‘Devil’s Advocate’

    This weekend was a work weekend for me — job fair, politics, prairie burns and a gala to boot — and I spent it zigzagging across Jasper County, which ...
    April 16, 2014 - 11:25 am
  • Separation Anxiety

    I read that separation anxiety hits hard at this age. I just didn’t realize those articles meant for the parents.
    April 16, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • Whistleblowers pump up transparency

    No matter how good the laws are written or how well-intentioned public policies are prescribed, Uncle Sam’s coffers have long been viewed as open seas ...
    April 15, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Mission group seeks space to hold large garage sales

    To the editor:A church mission group is looking for a building to use that will hold around 10 to 20 ...
    April 15, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Ready for coffee?

    You know what I hate?I hate when know-it-all scientists with their starched white lab coats and thei ...
    April 15, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Mike Dwight: Dog Walker

    Some people are dog owners, others are dog lovers. Mike Dwight, of Burlington, is a dog lover.Over t ...
    April 14, 2014 - 11:17 am
  • More sunshine, less political hay

    In recent weeks the House and Senate Government Oversight Committees have been working overtime to discover the reasons behind the dismissals of certa ...
    April 15, 2014 - 7:36 pm
  • Mission Board always at work

    To the editor:The Mission Board is always at work and here is proof that it never ends.Hephzibah Hou ...
    April 14, 2014 - 11:17 am
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