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  • Iowa’s curriculum is diluted

    For decades, Iowa school officials misled the public about the quality of education through the manipulation of data and false rationalizations. By re ...
    June 8, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Honeymoon in May?

    Ginnie and I were married last October, which was a busy time, since we were both moving to our new farm house, so we postponed our honeymoon until Ma ...
    June 8, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • 30 is the new 30

    Editor’s Note: This column was first published June 11, 2015There is a big day circled on my calenda ...
    June 8, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Our Poverty Myth

    If you’re poor, many Americans think, it’s your own fault. It’s a sign of your own moral failing.I d ...
    June 8, 2016 - 11:25 am
  • Veterans benefits encourage home ownership

    July 1 is the deadline to apply for the disabled veteran homestead tax credit and military exemption. Once claimed, filing for these benefits in subse ...
    June 1, 2016 - 11:28 am
  • Look deeper and don’t scrub out

    Driving home from the grocery store is a pretty mundane task. I shop for my basics at a store on Fleur Drive on Des Moines’ southwest side, and the dr ...
    May 26, 2016 - 3:55 pm
  • Breckenridge will listen to constituents

    As UAW local 997 vice president, I support Wes Breckenridge for State Representative. Wes has shown that he works hard. He has been a caucus chair, ha ...
    June 7, 2016 - 11:53 am
  • It’s time for a change

    It’s time for a change; simple as that. As I am getting older, yes that can be hard to admit, it is more evident to me how important it is to research ...
    June 7, 2016 - 11:53 am
  • I love weekend projects

    We have a good thing going at my house ... an easy, calm, relaxing existence. However, on occasion, someone throws a monkey wrench into the mix. Somet ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:38 pm
  • Ira remembers our Vets

    Memorial Day is a day of remembrance where no one should forget that those who died in war for our country are people who will no longer be able to ce ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:37 pm
  • Iowa’s curriculum is diluted

    For decades, Iowa school officials misled the public about the quality of education through the manipulation of data and false rationalizations. By re ...
    June 8, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Breckenridge will listen to constituents

    As UAW local 997 vice president, I support Wes Breckenridge for State Representative. Wes has shown that he works hard. He has been a caucus chair, ha ...
    June 7, 2016 - 11:53 am
  • It’s time for a change

    It’s time for a change; simple as that. As I am getting older, yes that can be hard to admit, it is more evident to me how important it is to research ...
    June 7, 2016 - 11:53 am
  • Ira remembers our Vets

    Memorial Day is a day of remembrance where no one should forget that those who died in war for our country are people who will no longer be able to ce ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:37 pm
  • Keep a fighter for education

    Having been in education for almost 40 years, I have seen many trials and tribulations that education has faced. Sadly, those trials and tribulations ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:37 pm
  • Bishop is behind political attacks

    While Doug Bishop and his pack of good old boy bullies at the courthouse have tried to tear down my brother, our State Representative Dan Kelley, I’ve ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:37 pm
  • Support incumbent Kelley

    While the 2016 Presidential election is getting much of the attention of Iowa voters, we have important statehouse contests that need our help. If you ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:36 pm
  • Supporting Kelley’s renewable energy stance

    Generating more energy from renewable sources like wind means good jobs for Iowans that can’t be shipped overseas. It will also keep our air and water ...
    May 18, 2016 - 12:40 pm
  • Breckenridge is committed

    As a reserve deputy, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Wes Breckenridge in his professional capacity as a Lieutenant with the Newton police. When ...
    May 18, 2016 - 12:06 pm
  • Breckenridge will listen to everyone

    Having served Jasper County 32 years in the Iowa House (12) and Senate (20), I have decided to publicly identify my support of Wes Breckenridge for St ...
    May 18, 2016 - 12:06 pm
  • Rchard Lee Grant

    Rchard Lee "Slick" Grant, 68, died June 13, 2016, at Taylor House.  There will be no funeral servic ...
    June 22, 2016 - 10:54 am
  • Brian P. McWhirter

    Brian P. McWhirter, 47, of Baxter, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. Brian’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. ...
    June 22, 2016 - 10:30 am
  • Coy Corrine Garton

    Coy Corrine Garton, 101, of Baxter, died Friday, June 10, 2016, at Baxter Care Center surrounded by her loving daughters. A visitationwas Tuesday, Jun ...
    June 15, 2016 - 12:27 pm
  • Carol Lee Ahn

    Carol Lee Ahn, 65, died May 30, 2016, at Taylor House in Des Moines. Burial will be at a later date, and per her request there will be no service.
    June 8, 2016 - 11:27 am
  • Richard Roy Weston

    Richard Roy “Dick” Weston, the son of Donald E. and Bertha Hazel (Cox) Weston was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Newton. He attended the Mingo Community Scho ...
    June 1, 2016 - 12:08 pm
  • Crime Beat

    Colfax Police Department• Russell A. Warren, 47, of Pleasant Hill, was arrested and charged with dis ...
    June 1, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Ardith L. Burns

    Ardith L. Burns, 88, died on Monday, May 23, 2016, at Madrid Home in Madrid. A funeral service was May 28 at Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory ...
    June 1, 2016 - 11:57 am
  • Marilyn K. Doty Brown

    A funeral mass for Marilyn K. Doty Brown was held Friday, May 20 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colfax. Memorials in Marilyn’s name m ...
    May 25, 2016 - 1:11 pm
  • Crime Beat

    Colfax Police Department• Christopher R. Hilderbrandt, 22, of Mingo, was arrested and charged with p ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:40 pm
  • Ruth Lenora Olson

    Ruth Lenora Olson of Colfax, died May 12, 2016, at Ramsey Village Health Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
    May 18, 2016 - 12:29 pm
  • Crime Beat

    Colfax Police Department• Russell A. Warren, 47, of Pleasant Hill, was arrested and charged with dis ...
    June 1, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Crime Beat

    Colfax Police Department• Christopher R. Hilderbrandt, 22, of Mingo, was arrested and charged with p ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:40 pm
  • Crime Beat

    Colfax Police Department• Brian E. Jones, 25, of Prairie City was arrested and charged with disorder ...
    April 27, 2016 - 12:21 pm