Opinion

  • Medical cannabis for those in need

    Interesting that one of my last votes in the Iowa Senate would be to legalize medical cannabis oil for mostly children with a variety of medical probl ...
    April 7, 2014 - 11:58 am
  • Time to fix government

    In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of t ...
    April 4, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Legislature closer to adjournment

    We moved a few steps closer to adjournment this week when we passed three of the eleven budget bills we need to finish this year.  It’s a step in the ...
    April 4, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Don't pull the plug: Wind energy empowers America

    Momentum is building to extend expired tax provisions that lapsed Dec. 31. Of the 55 expired tax bre ...
    April 3, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Concerned that long-time business left out of Get to Know Newton

    To the editor:I just wanted to thank Ty Rushing for being such a nice breath of fresh air to the New ...
    April 3, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Hurto thankful for selection of poem for OPEN contest

    To the editor:I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tori Reynolds of OPEN and the members o ...
    April 3, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • My "God's Not Dead" journey

    The past three days have been filled with emotion and faith, and now I find myself in the office at midnight on Thursday writing my column.
    April 3, 2014 - 11:12 am
  • Diary of a caffeine addict

    I simply don’t understand how anyone past the age of 10 functions in the morning without the aide of caffeine. I really don’t, I can’t fathom going an ...
    April 2, 2014 - 11:47 am
  • Reader reacts to Sheriff Office's new MRAP

    To the editor:Do you buy this load of malarkey the Sheriff’s department needs a bulletproof, RPG-pro ...
    April 2, 2014 - 11:19 am
  • Taxpayers will foot the bill for MRAP acquisition

    To the editor:The Highway to hell is paved with “good intentions.”The Jasper County Sheriff Office’s ...
    April 2, 2014 - 11:19 am
  • Protecting Iowa’s elderly

    This past week the Iowa House of Representatives amended and passed Senate File 2239 which creates a new code section dealing with topic of Elder Abus ...
    April 1, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Wind energy empowers America

    Momentum is building to extend expired tax provisions that lapsed Dec. 31.  Of the 55 expired tax breaks on the table, wind energy incentives are amon ...
    April 1, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Branson

    A fellow from Donnellson called. He was turning 65 and needed insurance. Problem was, he was in Branson, Mo., and wouldn’t be back to Iowa before summ ...
    March 31, 2014 - 5:42 pm
  • See the movie 'God's Not Dead' not 'Noah' film

    To the editor:My wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a movie last week at the loca ...
    March 31, 2014 - 5:03 pm
  • Emerald ash borer was only a matter of time

    It was inevitable, only a matter of time. I must admit I didn’t expect the insect so soon in Jasper County. And, the odds are that several, if not man ...
    March 31, 2014 - 5:03 pm
  • National video

    Reader Poll

    For your Easter egg hunt, what do you prefer to hide for the kids to find?
    Colored real eggs
    Colored real eggs and candy
    Plastic eggs with candy inside
    Plastic eggs with other gifts inside
    Just candy