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Letters

Thanks for the memories Vern ...

My long-time friend Vern Pinnt, now living in Yuma, Ariz. shared this 2011 Reader’s Digest story which should give folks a laugh for the day…

Taking care of each other

My parents recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary by dining at Yanni’s in Newton. When they went to pay, they were told their bi…

Skiff a part of Newton heritage

I, like Mr. Faircloth and Mr. Hurto in recent letters, feel like the stripping of the Skiff family name from our local hospital is a “slap i…

Iowa Senate losing transparency

Transparency is vital to accountability. Accountability is vital to democracy. We elect officials because we want them to work of us. It is …

A rebuke of Skiff name change

Allow me to add my voice to those of local citizens who decry the loss of the Skiff name in association with our nearly 100-year-old hospita…

OPEN Sister City Month 2019

OPEN (Organization Promoting Everlasting Neighbors) has been a part of the Newton and Jasper County area for 27 years. January is “Sister Ci…

Don’t complain,  participate

From childhood, I was told the United States is a participatory democracy. Maybe participatory is redundant, but “participatory” means democ…

Close the achievement gap

Iowa is failing to close its achievement gap and raise its standards up to national grade level. Iowa’s poorly-trained educators continue to…

HD55, let’s get it together

How will the absentee ballots counting problem be resolved for the folks in (Iowa House District) 55 — Decorah area — and what will that mea…
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