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2020 Election: The year of the woman voter

“Women are the most consistent, reliable voting bloc across the country, across the elections, year in and year out,” according to Jeanette Senecal, senior director for elections, League … more

Johnson Co. eponym changed to honor pioneering Black scholar

Before I start this discussion, please allow me to explain what an eponym is. A namesake is a thing named after something else. An eponym is the person or thing for which the namesake is named. For … more

Halloween, fall updates from Wellman

As reported in The News last week, the City of Wellman, along with Kalona and Riverside, will be holding their trick-or-treat night on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. The cities, realizing how … more

Relief for small businesses from senate committee

Izaah Knox has a passion for helping Iowans in our underserved communities. His non-profit, Urban Dreams, provides mental health and substance abuse supports, and helps folks get into college or … more

Plan your vote for an important election

A lot of people are going to spend a lot of time telling you the 2020 election is the most important in our history. Obviously, the only way we will know for sure is with the gift of hindsight. But … more

The great company of furry creatures

Tacked up close to my front door is a list of names to which I frequently refer. It’s an important list. No, it’s not a list of neighbors’ names. It’s a list of my current … more

College moving day has arrived for Kinzey

With all the delays, cancelations, and interrupted activities this year, my daughter Kinzey was starting to think this day would never come. And what day is this, you ask? Moving into College Day! … more

Education is an honorable and rewarding career

When I entered the teaching profession in 1982, my mother was very concerned on whether or not I would find a job.  The competition for teaching professions was very fierce and getting a foot … more

Derecho reminded us how blessed we are

2020 just keeps on giving! This time it struck in the form of a derecho, a rare but powerful wind storm. The results are devastating: 80% of the structures in Cedar Rapids were damaged, and … more

Memories of a decoder ring and Shirley Temple bowl

Not long ago, someone in my presence voiced the question: “What is this world coming to?” That, in itself, was not uncommon, but it did make me think of a like situation in a former … more

Government action in Portland was illegal

I have been horrified by the recent events in Portland. Unidentified federal troops in unmarked vehicles have been attacking civilians, using tear gas and other weapons that are not allowed during … more

School board faced a tough decision

For many years, I wrote a weekly mayor’s column for the Wellman Advance, but I haven’t written anything since the Advance stopped publishing as a standalone newspaper.  I am going … more

We should all do our part to curb COVID-19 spread

Dear Editor: It concerns me that in the last two editions of the paper there is not one single picture of someone wearing a mask, as personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of … more

COVID-19 puts legislators, schools in uncharted territory

The Iowa Legislature wrapped up their suspended session in June.     To say that the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year and the start of the 2020-21 school year presented new … more

Supporting small businesses, fighting for families

Throughout this pandemic I’ve continued to listen to and hear from Iowans in all corners of our state. During telephone town halls, virtual town halls, conference calls, Facebook live … more

All I remember is the rolling hills

And the corn. Oh, that golden corn. Best in the world, I’d say. And I haven’t tasted it since 1998. That is the year I left the comfy surroundings of Cedar Rapids for a new job in … more

The ‘Full Grassley’ is just a media stunt

There are many things in politics that make my blood boil. But nothing compares to the so-called “Full Grassley.” You know what this is, because we see it every year. A politician … more

How will we address the Disproportionate Minority Contact?

In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, I thought it might be worth resurrecting an idea I had back in 2014. I was working with LaTasha DeLoach, Director of the Iowa City/Johnson County … more

Pig farmers get creative facing COVID-19

As a sixth-generation pig farmer, I thought I had seen, or at least heard, it all. From the challenges my family and other pig farmers have weathered over the years, such as disease outbreaks and … more

Ron and Helen Slechta Return as Publishers of The News

Greetings. Helen and I did not anticipate becoming publishers of this newspaper at age 78, but we are going to strive to give our subscribers and advertisers the best local newspaper.  Jim … more
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