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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

Good candidates were valued, even if they lost

So now, after the mid-term elections, Iowa has the national distinction of being in the same lonely category as Florida.  Really. So many good candidates lost, so many issues of Iowans will … more

Thank you for telling my story

I want to personally thank Jeff Yoder for not only covering my story, but going above and beyond the call of duty in sharing my athletic achievements in the midst of stage IV … more

Mid-Prairie auditorium is a necessity

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the Mid-Prairie student musical production of “The Pirates of Penzance” this past weekend.  The students and their coaches did a fantastic … more

Brenna Bird fights for justice

As the Washington County Attorney, I work with law enforcement officers on a regular basis. Our men and women in blue work hard to protect our communities and they are selfless public servants. … more

Justifiable vs reckless government spending

I am a lifelong Republican and here is my position on government spending by the present Washington Administration. We are deep into a pandemic, and Covid had to be Public Enemy #1 and still … more

Wake Up, America

Our police are being murdered at an alarming rate. Romans 13:4 says, obey the government, for God is the one who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. … more

Is Grassley really in touch with Iowans? 

The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.thenews-ia.com: first name: Thomas last name: Cook address: 2835 Friendship St, Iowa City city: … more

Vote no on Iowa’s constitutional amendment

So, for 176 years Iowans have owned weapons, have hunted, have target shot, had marksman’s contests and used weapons for any and all legitimate purposes without a Right to Bear Arms amendment. … more

Secrecy isn’t how you build trust

Middle ground is not something that often is seen nowadays in Iowa government or our politics.These days, candidates, elected officials and community members often are seen as flawed if they speak in … more

Let’s Defund EcoHealth

The shady organization that funneled U.S. tax dollars into China’s state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) to conduct risky research on coronaviruses collected from bats is once again being … more

Bipartisan efforts on industrial hemp expand markets for Iowa farmers

I planted my first crop at age 15.  Today, 45 years later, I am about to harvest another one. Similar to working a criminal case when I was a Johnson County Deputy Sheriff, I don’t give up … more

Don’t cry over Spilt Buttermilk

I hope the word ‘buttermilk’, as shared here, doesn’t need too much explanation because it’s important that everyone knows exactly what it is I am talking about when I say … more

Commonsense policies are good for rural Iowa

My name is Eileen Beran, and I’m running for Iowa House of Representatives in District 92. The district is made up of eight townships in southern and southwestern Johnson County and all of … more

City should cleanup Bakery building

It has been over six years since the Kalona Bakery building caught fire. I walk by that building every workday and it is still in sad shape. The screen door is partially open, and store hours are … more

Thank you from Pleasantview

On behalf of the entire Pleasantview organization, I wish to thank the City of Kalona – and City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh – for nominating us as one of the Kalona Community Award … more

Only one State House Rep is showing up for us

What do we expect from our elected officials? What kind of person do we want to represent Washington and southern Johnson County in the State House? Do we want someone who is … more

To restore decency, vote Democrat

If you’re tired of the coarseness in today’s politics, you can do something about it on election day. Vote for Democrats. I just saw a truck in Iowa City with a bumper sticker … more

Observing National Newspaper Week

  National Newspaper week is observed in the United States the first week of October. This year it is October 2 to 8. No there is no official holiday, but all Americans should be thankful for … more

Candidates should highlight strengths, not attack opponents

Recently, KCRG ran a fact check on Christina Bohannan’s baseless attack ad on Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks and found it was untrue, giving it a D rating. This kind of behavior from … more
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