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Reporter, Person at the Scene and At the Bedside

By Valerie Close · 10:41pm February 4th, 2016
As a.... Reporter I came home tonight to a husband still wound up from his confrontation at an accident scene, where I think, it was one of the rare times, or the first time he actually felt like he was in real danger...after he calmed down a bit, not much, I then tried to explain how the guy probably felt, and then flipped through the emotions of a reporter doing their job, the irate person at the scene, the cop that had to calm things down, and the family that sits at the bedside of the driver.

Hey, there. You in the "Highway 30 Diesel Repair" shirt. I know Thursday was a bad day for you. I don’t know what your connection was with the grain truck that overturned on Highway 218 near the high school, but clearly you did not want me to take photos. You even, while using unmistakably agressive body language, threatened to have me arrested if I took “ONE MORE PHOTO!” I asked your name and you said, “Who I am doesn’t matter.

Open Letter: County Attorney addresses call for apology

By Benton Co. Attorney Dave Thompson · 5:25pm February 3rd, 2016
It has come to my attention that Terry Hertle, Benton County Supervisor, is seeking an apology for comments made by me during the Board of Adjustment hearing held on January 27, 2016. Unfortunately, Mr. Hertle has chosen to address this in a public forum and has gone as far as stating that I have made “untruthful comments.

Caucus prediction fun

By Valerie Close · 12:39pm February 1st, 2016
Tomorrow is the day that the phones will FINALLY stop ringing, the mail will decrease and we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. But tonight is the night we get to excercise being an American. We get to have the eyes of the country on us as we once again tell the world who we think will be best suited for the job of President of the United States.

To The Editor: For God and Country, Cruz is best way to stop Trump

By Dave Redlinger · 5:27pm January 29th, 2016
To the Editor: A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason. – Thomas Paine Thomas Paine wrote these words to stir his fellow Englishmen to stand up against the tyranny of the King of England.

Writer suggests, If you are looking for a Savior, don't look at Cruz

By Vinton Today · 1:59pm January 26th, 2016
Dear Editor, As the Iowa caucuses are less than a week away, my fellow Iowans are searching for the candidate they feel will best serve our country. Between the phone calls and hit pieces that are in my daily mail box, I’m sure my fellow Iowans are just as ready as I am for the Iowa caucus to be over.

An Iowan’s view on a Texan’s observation of 'New York values'

By Dean Close · 11:58am January 19th, 2016
One of the great things about being Iowans involved early and often in presidential campaigns is that we get to spend more time contemplating the really, really silly – if not downright stupid – things that politicians say. And naturally, it’s the guy leading the polls who usually says the most stupid.

To the Editor: First time caucus-goers share reasons for voting for Sanders

By Andreina C., Duska P. And Candice P. · 9:47am January 14th, 2016
To the Editor: Hello, My name is Andreina Chopite. I want to start off by explaining that I am new to the caucus process as I am a transplant from Indiana, a state that does primary elections instead. Joining me in this letter is Duska Phelps and Candice Park, who, even though are from Iowa, are new to the caucus process.

2016: The year in which we will go on, and remember

By Dean Close · 1:38pm December 31st, 2015
This is the time of year we newspeople like to look back on the past 12 months and remind you of all the awesome stories we wrote in the previous year. Despite what we say as we introduce these stories, we are not all that interested in telling you what we think were the Top 10 most important, most significant stories of the past year.

Auld Lang Syne, 2015...

By Dean Close · 12:35pm December 31st, 2015
Every year on this date, millions of people stay up late, waiting for a ball to drop, so they can sing a song with 235-year-old words, many of which they don't understand. That's just one of our society's silly New Year's Eve habits. I thought it would be appropriate, as we begin 2016, to take a new, more modern look at Auld Lang Syne as we consider the year we leave behind and anticipate the future: Should auld bad habits be forgot Oh wouldn't that be fine? If when we woke up On the First They'd ...

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