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  • Cruel and stupid

    President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes.
    May 24, 2017 - 11:08 am
  • Memorial Day and the price of freedom

    Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. The first observances of what we now call Memorial Day were spontaneous expressions of gratitud ...
    May 24, 2017 - 11:08 am
  • The hidden bombshell in the Comey-Trump story

    How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks — brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an au ...
    May 24, 2017 - 11:08 am
  • Let’s work together

    We passed our two-year anniversary for Hometown Pride in Jasper County on April 9. Where does the time go! We have accomplished some great things, and ...
    May 17, 2017 - 10:57 am
  • Sid's Hen Field Farm

    On the way to Sid’s farm near Leon, Ginnie and I saw lots of turkeys, deer and one coyote. Sid calls’m “yotes.” South Central Iowa is mostly rolling h ...
    May 17, 2017 - 10:57 am
  • 2017 session includes some bipartisan accomplishments

    Although the 2017 legislative session did not provide much good news for Iowa students, working families and vulnerable Iowans, the Legislature took s ...
    May 10, 2017 - 1:01 pm
  • Webcoma

    I am hereby proclaiming a new word for the English language. I’m calling it, “webcoma.” I define “webcoma” as “The vegetative state of stupor caused b ...
    May 10, 2017 - 1:01 pm
  • Spring fever

    I’m sorely disappointed in our winter. I had the bucket and blade all mounted on the John Deere, and the tractor parked in the garage ready for the fi ...
    May 3, 2017 - 11:39 am
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