Opinion

  • Tragic accident led reader's father to sparklers-only policy

    To the editor:I read with interest your column in the March 27 issue on fireworks. I’d like to tell ...
    March 28, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • She is the Simon to my Garfunkel

    My wife makes more money than I do. No, really. She does. My wife, Christine, makes more money than I do now. At work she got a huge promotion. I am a ...
    March 28, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • Progress at Capitol to ensure speedway's future success

    Major progress was made at the Capitol this week to help ensure the future success of the Iowa Speedway. I helped pass Senate File 2341with a solid ma ...
    March 31, 2014 - 4:57 pm
  • Golden nuggets of wisdom

    In the months that followed college graduation, I bought a one-way plane ticket, leaving behind a boyfriend and the looming question of whether it was ...
    March 28, 2014 - 10:52 am
  • Where do you find hope in life?

    The last thing on my mind come Sunday morning is my column, because I have found — it works like clockwork — if I do, something else will come up I wi ...
    March 27, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • It's time to end Iowa's ban on fireworks

    As a kid growing up, I was never all that impressed with fireworks. Living in the country, and having access to my father’s 8 lb. mortar, I could pret ...
    March 27, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • We need more strong female lead characters in kid's books

    I am a lover of literature. Although I don’t have as much time for it as I like these days, reading books is my number one favorite thing to do in the ...
    March 26, 2014 - 10:37 am
  • Conversations with Dr. Borlaug

    For two years, I was the sports editor of the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press. And while the pay wasn’t the greatest, I had some of the most surreal experien ...
    March 25, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Remember farm safety on National Ag Day

    To the editor:National Ag Day is March 25th.  Today, we celebrate this great industry that provides ...
    March 25, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Office Decor Don'ts & Dos

    If you are laboring under the impression that your cubicle is the perfect place to let your freak flag fly, I have one word for you: don’t.
    March 25, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • From Ash to Wintergreen

    Driving U.S. Highway 34 through Jefferson County in Southeast Iowa, I’ve often noticed that the crossroads, or avenues, have some interesting names, l ...
    March 25, 2014 - 4:51 pm
  • Winding down the session

    I was convinced that the legislative session would go beyond the 100 days.  However, it appears that April 20 is a feasible adjournment date, as most ...
    March 25, 2014 - 12:01 pm
  • Reader thankful First Amendment exercised in Daily News

    To the editor:I’m writing to thank Bob Eschliman and Shaw Media for allowing others to exercise thei ...
    March 24, 2014 - 10:54 am
  • Opposition to raw milk isn't about health concerns

    To the editor:Regarding the article by Ty Rushing, “Raw milk sales divide Iowans” (page 11, Tuesday, ...
    March 24, 2014 - 10:53 am
  • What you should have paid attention to in article about graduation rates

    To the editor:The March 21 Newton Daily News had an education article about graduation rates in Iowa ...
    March 24, 2014 - 10:54 am
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