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My thoughts on the minimum wage issue

There are more people than ever talking about income inequality. And that is great. To really address this issue, it will take a combination of laws and initiatives. There is no one single … more

So much gratitude for Thanksgiving gatherings

We are already in the last month of 2019! December came upon us so fast. Christmas is two weeks from today. The year is almost over. As we prepare for the holidays let us remember that Jesus is the … more

A foggy morning and Thanksgiving pumpkin roll

The sun is trying to peep through the fog. It is very foggy this morning and visibility isn’t very good. The fog light on top of the bus was bright, though, when Kevin left for school. I always … more

Small towns need congressional help

Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, … more

Ongoing issues as budget talks begin

Johnson County is beginning the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), which will begin July 1, 2020. Here are some ongoing budget issues, and my take on them: General Fund versus Rural … more

Chocolate chip cookies warm up wintery day

Lovina shares her day with a diary entry from Nov.  20, 2019 3 a.m. Alarm rings! I pack my husband Joe and son Benjamin’s lunches for work. Joe goes to the basement to add coal to the … more

Winter weather and chocolate pecan caramels

The leaves are not all off our trees yet. We didn’t get around to raking up the ones on the ground, either. “Old Man Winter” arrived before we were prepared. In the last few days it … more

Riverside gets speed signs on Highway 22

This week Riverside city crews put up signs on Highway 22 that flash drivers’ speed as they approach. One sign is on the east side of town near Schnoebelen Street, leading to Highland … more

Attendance critical for elected officials

I remember walking into the Johnson County Courthouse that day. I had done so many times before, but this time felt different. It was late June, and I had recently been one of three candidates for … more

Congressional inaction threatens the Midwest

Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, … more

First snow, Sunday rest, family celebration

The ground had a thin layer of snow this morning. Our leaves are still not raked up. Maybe snow will cover them. Out of sight—out of mind. I’m just not ready for snow but we will take … more

Iowa can do better on education funding

Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish author and novelist, was correct when he said “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The phrase may apply to Walt … more

Heating assistance applications began Nov. 1

Beginning Nov. 1, Iowans may start filing applications for limited financial heating assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program’s annual application period … more

Letter: Wind easements come with ramifications

Editor: Wind energy companies are a profit-first businesses with no regard for farmers or agriculture as evidenced by their disregard for the greatest soils in the world with their choice of … more

Letter: Question to ask about e-cigarettes

Editor: We see many questions about what is in these electronic cigarettes and vaping, as well as the problems they are causing. We are asking the wrong question. The real question is why are … more

New website rolling out for News readers

The News will launch a new website complete with a new name, TheNews-IA.com. more

Time for Iowans to speak up for farmers

Editor: Iowans need to speak up for our farmers and against federal policies that endanger Iowa agriculture, our biofuels industry and our rural economy. A proposed rule from the U.S. … more

Letter: Trump should be impeached

Editor: A few years ago while delivering some Christmas goodies to one of my rural neighbors as I went to enter their house their dog Spike grabbed the back of my leg. I shook him off and my … more

House needs to ratify trade agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified in 1994. That was three years before Wi-Fi became available to the public, five years before USB drives were invented, 12 years before … more

Demand remains high for new license plates

With nearly 20,000 plates sold since first becoming available July 1, the demand for Iowa’s new blackout license plates still remains high.  The black and white plates, approved during the 2019 … more
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