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Thank you to The News and all of its readers

I attended Kalona Days on Saturday, June 18, which was a little bittersweet. I will be leaving my position as News Editor at The News in July. I am planning to enroll back in school in the Fall of … more

Reynolds endorses Heather Hora in primary

In this primary election, we are given two distinct choices. On the one hand is self-proclaimed moderate mayor of Washington Jaron Rosien (he was a Democrat until he recently switched to a Republican … more

On stopping violence in our schools

As a result of this week’s ghastly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, I took time to reach out to Iowa’s representatives in Congress as well as the ISEA and NEA about a … more

Carlin will be your voice in Washington D.C.

Why Iowa State Senator Jim Carlin will be receiving my vote on June 7 in the Iowa Republican primary for U.S. Senate: Would you have voted to end funding for Trump’s border wall, pass a 1.5 … more

Grassley claims crime much higher in blue states

Last week Senator Grassley held a much publicized news conference about rising crime where he repeated a falsehood pushed by Republicans; that crime is much higher in the so- called soft on crime … more

Thanks to our Emergency medical services

This week’s issue of The News features a special salute to the volunteer emergency medical services and the Washington County Ambulance Service with photos of those servies.  Thanks to all … more

Student Built Housing Project

This summer the City of Kalona will be working with The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA) which serves Johnson, Washington, Cedar, and Iowa counties on a student-led home remodel … more

Republicans pass legislation that harms Iowa workers

Another dark day at the Iowa Capitol for working Iowans. A majority of Republican legislators, with all Democrats in opposition, have passed legislation that will cut unemployment benefits for Iowans … more

Johnson Co. to study broadband needs

Johnson County is pursuing a study to assess broadband internet capabilities, needs and deficiencies in the county. The study is a result of Johnson County’s investment of funds received from … more

Thank you to the many volunteers of 4-H

During this important National Volunteer Week, I cannot help but stop and be so thankful for the countless people who give to Washington County 4-H.  I would like to express my sincere thanks … more

Inside the Iowa House: Iowans deserve a seat at the table

Just a week out from what is supposed to be the end of session, the most consistent thing I’ve heard from Iowans this year is that they are fed up with politics. They’ve seen the endless … more

Extension of Washington city limits leaves some without representation

I’m writing in concern with how the city of Washington has extended the city limits in a two-mile radius leaving anyone in that purgatory without representation. I’ll give a good … more

Learning about new things shouldn’t be scary at all!

The only time I’ve ever been in a wheelchair is when I’ve left the hospital — and then, I didn’t even need to push myself. But this past weekend, I attended the Adaptive … more

Pair of bipartisan bills would better protect prison employees

March 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the murders of correctional officer Robert McFarland and nurse Lorena Schulte at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. We mourn their loss and continue to fight … more

“Defending freedom in Ukraine is defending freedom everywhere”

Last weekend, I led a group of ten senators, Republicans, Democrats, and even one Independent, on a bipartisan Senate delegation visit to Poland and Germany. We traveled together to demonstrate … more

Don’t Leave Your Health to Luck: A Parable

A woman hits a golf ball your direction, up the hill towards the green on #9. She jogs up the fairway to get a better look at the shot, jumping with excitement and throwing a fist in the air when the … more

Corporate greed is causing inflation, hampering Iowa’s recovery

In this year’s State of the Union Address, the President shared his vision for an economy that grows from the bottom up and the middle out. The key pillars of this vision: making more products … more

President Biden should follow Governor Reynolds’ example of leadership

President Biden’s first State of the Union Address came as nearly everything in our country is looking “up.” Consumer prices, violent crime, our national debt, illegal border … more

The DNR must protect Iowa’s waterways

The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.thenews-ia.com: first name: Jann last name: Wann address: 113 21st St SE city: Mason … more

On the right of passage of turning 10 years old

I was nine years old when for Christmas 1940 I received my very last doll. A big ‘awkward’ thing I promptly named Susi. Why Susi? Maybe because my daddy always called me Susi, which I … more
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