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  • Taking it home to wifey, whatever that means

    Five years ago, I got married for the first time at age 51.I immediately began to use a wide variety ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • 7 years and counting

    Happy Anniversary to us! That is what I thought after working all day, going to a meeting in the evening and then taking our first trip to the emergen ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • It’s getting political in here

    It started several weeks ago when my 8-year-old son and I were driving into town listening to music.
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • Jasper County reading rankings are lacking

    According to the National Council on Teacher Training, “Evaluations of teacher effectiveness grounded in student outcomes provide states with opportun ...
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Immigration Is American

    Conservatives rightly point out that America is a nation of laws. No one should be exempt. That’s why many oppose amnesty and other paths to citizensh ...
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:57 am
  • Impressed with Homecoming photo

    The picture by Ty Rushing of the Homecoming King and Queen was one of the best, if not best one, I have ever seen. They were smiling at each other as ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Finding out about Fred

    I can’t help but associate laundry with Maytag, even the color blue.Growing up in Newton, a privileg ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • The little train that won't

    Sept. 26, 2014 - 10:59 am
  • Have a seat on the homecoming couch

    The springs were loose and pointy, and the upholstery was ripping, but the East High School tailgating couch was our Friday night football sanctuary.
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • One room country schools reunion

    The first thing I noticed about this group of elderly country-schoolers was that they were not obese. Maybe it was because they grew up in a time when ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 11:18 am
  • Kelley supports Iowans with disabilities

    To the editor,As state representative for Iowans with physical and mental disabilities, I am writing ...
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • A man of the people

    The main reason I chose to be a journalist over other careers that are more financially lucrative is because I love people, I love hearing stories and ...
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • A simpler solution to climate change

    Even if climate science is complicated, author Naomi Klein wants you to know that finding a solution to global warming is easy.
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • Flu bug don't bother me

    The flu bug has hit my house and it seems to not want to leave without a fight. My oldest woke up Thursday with a stuffy nose but a good attitude so s ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • National Voter Registration Day

    I join my fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in bringing awareness to National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. In d ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 11:27 am
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