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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

Thank you to local firefighters

Dear Editor: I wanted to take this time to thank our fantastic local fire departments. Often, we take something for granted until we need it. On Wednesday, July 15, our hay barn caught fire. … more

Grassley has been accessible for 40 years

Dear Editor: A commentary in The News of July 8, 2020, took issue with the practice, started by Senator Grassley, of elected officials visiting each of Iowa’s 99 counties and taking … more

‘Full Grassley’ is more than visiting every county

Dear Editor: Recently, a friend shared with me Rod Sullivan’s July 2 column in your newspaper. I was surprised. It has been awhile since I retired from Senator Grassley’s office, … more

Please step up and mask up

Dear Editor: I realize to many the COVID-19 pandemic is a lot of fuss about nothing. I see many of my neighbors walking about without masks or social distancing. So far, the state of Iowa has been … 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

Washington County should consider wind ordinance

Dear Editor: Does Washington County have a wind energy ordinance guiding the setbacks an industrial wind turbine can be placed from your home? How close is too close to avoid flicker, noise, … more

Work together in unity and pray

Dear Editor: The flags were so pretty the other week that were put up for Memorial Day. Thanks to all the people who put them up. One morning as I was looking at them and the wind was blowing, I … more

Recognize your Privilege

Dear Editor: I expect more from a newspaper column, especially one written by the publisher. In the Blindside column published June 25, Mr. Slechta wrote, “The death of George Floyd in … 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

Iowa has its own cases of fatal police encounters

There’s a quiz today. How would the tragic death of George Floyd have been perceived if the encounter occurred on a deserted side street in the middle of the night, rather than on a busy … more

COVID-19 has hurt our Iowa families

While this pandemic has challenged all Iowans, as our state begins to take the first steps toward safely reopening, I’m continuing to push for support for our families in every stage of life … more

Memorial Day thank you

Editor: Another Memorial Day has passed with a great display of flags flying over Sharon Hill Cemetery. It’s nice we have a group of fine people to get the job done. Jan Peterseim who … more

Summer brings rhubarb treats

We have turned another page on our calendar. June is here! Our hay is cut and now we have the challenge of getting it raked and baled before it rains again. Yesterday was pretty warm with the … more

Gov. Reynolds mismanaging virus crisis

As you know, Gov. Reynolds “opened up” Iowa back on May 15, despite the fact that infections and deaths both continued to rise. There was no ramping up. It was “let ’er … more

Highland team works on school plans

The administrative meetings for the Highland Community School District have been interesting lately to say the least. The amount of information that the team is trying to cover is massive with little … more
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