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Republicans should wake  up too, Sen. Ernst

Senator Joni Ernst and the Republican caucus have learned a new word, ‘woke,’ and by golly they’re gonna use it.   In her recent piece in The Kalona News she used it five … more

To ensure transparency, government notices should continue to be published by independent newspapers, not a government-controlled website

Some members of the Iowa Senate do not think that public notices published in newspapers remain relevant and necessary. A bill filed in the newly formed Technology Committee just over a week ago … more

Now and Then: Mom, Dad and creatures of the night

Several requests have been made for more stories about the times when I was growing up and to include my parents in the stories. Well, there are a lot of those days, very clear in my mind, yet. Some … more

Why I voted for school choice

This week the Senate and House both passed the Students First Act. Governor Reynolds introduced this bill after her Condition of the State speech. She has led on this issue for years and made it a … more

The spelling bee

Back in the “Old Days” when I had a problem with what I was trying to say on paper, an eraser was the best and sometimes only solution, but nowadays it takes little more than a quick tap … more

Students First Act advances

Last week the Senate Education and Appropriations committees passed Senate File 94, commonly known as the Students First Act. Governor Reynolds spoke at length about this bill in her Condition of the … more

The Driscoll Dispatch

        The gavel has fallen and the 2023 session of the 90th General Assembly has begun. This week, we welcomed a total of fourteen new members to the Iowa Senate. Along with the … more

Iowa Education 2023: A Zero Sum Game?

A zero-sum game is a mathematical representation in parlor games and economic theory of a situation that involves two sides, where the result is an advantage for one side and an equivalent loss for … more

Say no to public money for private institutions

I am writing today to share my opposition to HSB1 and why you should be opposed as well.    Vouchers divert taxpayer dollars from public schools. HSB1 is harmful to our public school … more

Let’s keep public funds  in public schools

As a Kalona taxpayer, I’m against the school voucher proposal to provide private schools with (more) public funds. Nonpublic schools already receive public funding for transportation, … more

What happens when your office server crashes on production day

Monday morning started off with a crash that presented a real challenge for The News staff to get this week’s issue of The News to press. The News’s central server where all ads, … more

We have lost our moral compass

The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on thenews-ia.com: first name: Lynn last name: Gallagher address: 1550Taft Ave NE city: Solon old … more

Small favors are worth appreciating

On the day after Christmas just past, there came a person, well-known to me, to clear off my driveway and uncover my snow-coated vehicle one more time. Oh, happy day! It’s not the first … more

Looking ahead to serving you in 2023

The City of Kalona and KCTC should be congratulated on cleaning up the front of the old Kalona Bakery building. They have removed the store hours and the name “Kalona Bakery” from the … more

Holidays: an opportunity to help others in need

Thankfully we are five weeks past the 2022 midterm election. I can hear many voters exuding a sigh of relief and shouting, after $17 billion was spent on disinformation, misinformation and the … more

News, Advertisers give $1699.80 to firefighters

This week, The News/Slechta Communications sent checks totaling $1699.80 to our fire departments thanks to a revenue-sharing special section The News published during Fire Prevention week on Oct. … more

Sartorial Christmas wishes

Oh wow!  How can I be so lucky sometimes to remember the right things to say—and, at the right time? I’m referring to my recent reference to a subject matter commonly viewed as … more

Reinstate Washington County Ambulance Director

This letter is to address concerns of the recent decisions and actions of the Washington County Board of Supervisors regarding the Ambulance Director. As a result of Closed sessions, a decision … more

No confidence in Washington Co. supervisors

To the Editor, Washington County Board of Supervisors and ALL citizens of Washington County, This is a letter of NO CONFIDENCE in the current Board of Supervisors. The Washington County Board … more

Thanks for your services, Phil Ropp

At the Tuesday Kalona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting, Phil Ropp announced that he was stepping down as an ad hoc member of the board, and he was stepping down as President of the … more
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