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25 years of exchange students

At our most recent monthly O.P.E.N. Sister City meeting, we discussed a brief history of our Community Student Exchange Program with some i…

Good Neighbors

Thanks go out to the following — first and foremost, to my wife Judy. Next, to the following: Eric Dodds, Brooke Williams and another gentle…

Roads, laws and leadership

As the November election is quickly approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to cover some issues facing Jasper County. One of my …

Competency-based education

At the Iowa State Board of Education meeting Aug. 2, the last item on the agenda is “competency-based education (not a current board priorit…

Stand up for US

If you watched the total Trump/Putin love fest (joint- press conference) from Helsinki July 16, as I did, you should have no doubt as to who…

Spell it right the first time

I have finally lived long enough to have seen it with my own eyes! A name spelled three different ways within the same article from this pub…

A stain on great RAGBRAI stop

I really enjoyed having RAGBRAI come through Newton. It gives people a chance to meet bicyclists from all over the world and to get to know …

The President

I saw that traitor on TV and I think you saw him, too. I did not see him through your eyes, so I can not castigate you. But, there is a trut…

Let’s rethink fireworks

Give them an inch and they will take a mile, seems to be the mindset of some Newton citizens. Fireworks started a week before the holiday an…
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