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Gov. Reynolds mismanaging virus crisis

As you know, Gov. Reynolds “opened up” Iowa back on May 15, despite the fact that infections and deaths both continued to rise. There was no ramping up. It was “let ’er … more

Highland team works on school plans

The administrative meetings for the Highland Community School District have been interesting lately to say the least. The amount of information that the team is trying to cover is massive with little … more

Kalona starts reopening city services to public

I hope that everyone was able to enjoy Memorial Day weekend. If you went to Sharon Hill Cemetery you may have noticed that the memorial to the unknown soldier has been reset, with a new flag, plaza … more

Kunkel will be an amazing sheriff

Editor: As a police officer I have known and worked with Brad Kunkel for nearly 20 years. Brad has the integrity, experience, community ties, emotional intelligence and empathy that is second to … more

Schilling offers past experience

Editor: Republican Bobby Schilling is running for Iowa’s 2nd District for U.S. representative. The primary is June 2. Schilling is from the Quad Cities, which includes Iowa and Illinois. … more

Brad Kunkel is a true leader

Editor: I am proudly casting my vote for Brad Kunkel for Johnson County sheriff. I first met Brad when I was employed by the Johnson County sheriff’s office as a dispatcher. My husband … more

Memorial Day: Remembering our heroes

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the coronavirus pandemic, the most … more

Remembering virtue is its own reward

American civic virtues find their roots in ancient Rome during and after the reign of Julius Caesar, assassinated by 60 conspirators in 44 B.C. Civil war erupted in the aftermath starring some of … more

This is not the time to stop distancing

Gov. Kim Reynolds has started lifting some social distancing restrictions in Iowa. That easing does not apply to Washington County yet. There are many residents here who want to break free of the … more

Brad Kunkel passes sheriff litmus test

Editor: My litmus test for a sheriff is someone who understands the community, partners well with different levels of government and law enforcement, and stands up for the powerless. Brad … more

Kunkel has sense of vision, energy

Editor: I’m writing to ask you to join me in voting for Brad Kunkel for Johnson County sheriff on or before the June 2 primary. Brad has the sense of vision and energy required to manage … more

Ag plows ahead on pandemic front lines

As crop farmers charge ahead into the spring planting season, livestock producers are putting in longer hours to keep meat, dairy and eggs on the grocery store shelves. As a leading producer of … more

Please be kind, patient and calm

I got some really good advice a while ago, and I think it is worth sharing now. When my daughter, Rachel, and granddaughter, Zuri, moved to Wisconsin, I was heartbroken. I used to pick Zuri up … more

Remember high school graduating seniors

High school graduation is a time of great joy for many people. It is a rite of passage, a large mile marker on the highway of life. In small towns like Kalona, Riverside, Wellman and Lone Tree, … more

Iowans will get through this – together

Over the last few weeks, Iowans from every corner and county of our state – our families, health care workers, local store owners, farmers, seniors, and so many more – have faced … more

Nielsen joins in calling for shelter-in-place

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, I wanted to share a brief update with you.  Even as positive cases hit more than 1,000 in Iowa, it’s likely that number will continue to … more

Heroes in the fight against coronavirus

One of my memories, one that had been tucked away back where the cobwebs congregate, is from that day in 2004 when the oldest Evans daughter graduated from Saint Louis University. The graduates … more

Some exploit ‘free speech’

Editor: We have some unusual things going on in this country. Since day one, our motto has been “In God We Trust.” To accompany that, we have a thing called free speech – … more

Pleasantview Home gets clean report from state

Editor: First, let me thank all the individuals and groups who have offered assistance to Pleasantview in the form of personal protective equipment, groceries and other items, in supporting our … more

Iowa needs a ‘shelter in place’ order

As the COVID-19 situation continues, public cries for a “shelter in place” order grow louder. I am going to share a few thoughts on this and related matters. I have said this many … more
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