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  • An unconscious and unsettling error

    I read that a pair of brothers were freed from prison last Wednesday after spending the last 31 years behind bars for a crime they did not commit.
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act

    Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the publ ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 11:34 am
  • Bust out the boxes and bubble wrap, it's moving day

    Moving makes my muscles ache. If you were one of the passers by on East Howard Street in Colfax last weekend, you probably saw me — I was the guy with ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Double-decker corn crib

    Wire corn cribs make great gazebos. They’re sort of the art-deco, in-thing to have nowadays. People run around the countryside, buy up old cribs and r ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Ty's Take: The highs and lows of my weekend

    Weekends are a funny thing. In the two and half days between finishing your Friday shift and dragging yourself into work on Monday, you can experience ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 10:53 am
  • Reconsidering ideas about mascots

    To the editor,After reading “This mascot skews reality” by Varenchik in the Sept. 5 Newton Daily New ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • A big thank you to Jasper County Fair volunteers

    To the editor, As we all start heading into our fall school activities, I wanted to take a moment an ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • The first first day of school

    With her backpack zipped, shoes tied and hair in a braid, my oldest daughter headed to preschool. I have to say that for the most part, there were no ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Life is hard, but it’s good!

    A couple of years ago, I heard a sermon with the theme “Life is hard, but it’s good!” That axiom has stuck with me ever since. Good things aren’t nece ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • My brain on grocery shopping

    Alright, I’m going to make this quick. I do not need to be at the grocery store for long. I have my list and I’m sticking to it. Oh no, I left my list ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Of course we're proud of Newton's ACT scores

    To the editor,I read Sue Atkinson’s letter to the editor the Aug. 29 Newton Daily News with dismay. ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:03 am
  • Taming modern monopolies

    Analysts at the OECD, the Paris-based research agency, have just shared a grim prediction: If current trends “prevail,” all developed nations will sho ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:03 am
  • This mascot skews reality about the first people

    Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue. “It’s not my fight,” I thought.
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:48 am
  • High heels and gravel travel

    When a call comes across the scanner that a vehicle has been found submerged in a body of water, the first thing you do is try to figure out is where ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 11:48 am
  • UI football returning to civility?

    I’m a Hawkeye — plain and simple. For those Cyclone fans in our readership, I respect you but I will never be able to understand your affinity for a r ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 11:49 am
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