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Reflections on the nature of change

‘Change’ is simply a word, but one often drawn by circumstances into determining the results of various, sometimes serious, concerns. It might be needed to address a problem of … more

Making time for leisure lowers stress

With the holidays approaching, I can feel the stress revving up, especially this year as we try to juggle virtual Thanksgiving dinners and the logistics of exchanging presents without exchanging … more

Highland implements cutting edge Barton Reading program

Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects more than 3 million students a year in public schools in the United States. For many years, this disability went undetected for students who struggled … more

Election recap, thanks and thoughts

Election Recap The 2020 Election is mostly in the books. Here it goes, race by race: President: Shades of 2000! As I send this, Biden appears to have defeated Trump, but it is taking a few … more

Harris’s election as VP proves more is possible

The first time I remember it happening, I was 10 years old and at summer camp. A group of boys told me I couldn’t play with them because I was a girl — this was after they figured out I … more

The News’ publisher urges you to vote in this election

Saturday night, Oct. 31, the cities of Kalona, Wellman and Riverside are encouraging youngsters to Trick or Treat responsibly between the hours of 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to social … more

Lone Tree Schools promote positivity

Social media. Those two words either make people grimace or smile. Social media is a double-edged sword that is deeply embedded in society today. While many people do not know how every social media … more

Local Option Sales Tax would disproportionately affect the poor, children

The topic of a Local Option Sales Tax has come up yet again. I remain opposed to increasing the sales tax. Sales taxes are better for the rich, and worse for the poor. This is because sales taxes are … more

2020 Election: The year of the woman voter

“Women are the most consistent, reliable voting bloc across the country, across the elections, year in and year out,” according to Jeanette Senecal, senior director for elections, League … more

Johnson Co. eponym changed to honor pioneering Black scholar

Before I start this discussion, please allow me to explain what an eponym is. A namesake is a thing named after something else. An eponym is the person or thing for which the namesake is named. For … more

Halloween, fall updates from Wellman

As reported in The News last week, the City of Wellman, along with Kalona and Riverside, will be holding their trick-or-treat night on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. The cities, realizing how … more

Relief for small businesses from senate committee

Izaah Knox has a passion for helping Iowans in our underserved communities. His non-profit, Urban Dreams, provides mental health and substance abuse supports, and helps folks get into college or … more

Plan your vote for an important election

A lot of people are going to spend a lot of time telling you the 2020 election is the most important in our history. Obviously, the only way we will know for sure is with the gift of hindsight. But … more

The great company of furry creatures

Tacked up close to my front door is a list of names to which I frequently refer. It’s an important list. No, it’s not a list of neighbors’ names. It’s a list of my current … more

College moving day has arrived for Kinzey

With all the delays, cancelations, and interrupted activities this year, my daughter Kinzey was starting to think this day would never come. And what day is this, you ask? Moving into College Day! … more

Education is an honorable and rewarding career

When I entered the teaching profession in 1982, my mother was very concerned on whether or not I would find a job.  The competition for teaching professions was very fierce and getting a foot … more

Derecho reminded us how blessed we are

2020 just keeps on giving! This time it struck in the form of a derecho, a rare but powerful wind storm. The results are devastating: 80% of the structures in Cedar Rapids were damaged, and … more

Memories of a decoder ring and Shirley Temple bowl

Not long ago, someone in my presence voiced the question: “What is this world coming to?” That, in itself, was not uncommon, but it did make me think of a like situation in a former … more

Government action in Portland was illegal

I have been horrified by the recent events in Portland. Unidentified federal troops in unmarked vehicles have been attacking civilians, using tear gas and other weapons that are not allowed during … more

School board faced a tough decision

For many years, I wrote a weekly mayor’s column for the Wellman Advance, but I haven’t written anything since the Advance stopped publishing as a standalone newspaper.  I am going … more
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