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Republicans kept their promise on Supreme Court

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant and a revered defender of the Constitution and the limited role of the judiciary in our Republic.

Movies based on recent events are becoming history lessons

I have always said that my favorite kind of movie is one that is based on real life events but just recently I have begun to wonder why.I have never been a history buff — I will leave that up to Bob Fenske — I only know of events but rarely look d

Winter’s return couldn’t be worse timing for golf coach and son

As we walked out of Wells Fargo Arena the other night, I turned to my friend and said, “Hey, I can live with this.”The temperature was hovering in the low 40s, and let’s be honest here, when you go to a state tournament of any kind and don’t have

Citizens need to ‘up their game’ to make democracy work

With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment.These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our representa

Bargaining bill represents low point for this lawmaker

For the past few years, serving in the Legislature, I have done my best to work for common sense solutions.I try to avoid partisan politics and support legislation that makes Iowa (and particularly North Central Iowa) a better place to live, work

After referendum, here’s hoping we can come together again

Dear New Hampton superintendent in 2037;I’m writing this letter in February 2017, because with all my bad habits, there’s a chance that even though I’ll only be 71 when you open this envelope, I’ll be “looking up at the grass.”I have no idea if yo

Obama’s farewell speech one that needs to be read

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward.But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people.I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches

God leads us on path’s only he knows why

August 5th, 2002 we moved into the First Baptist Church’s parsonage in the middle of a deluge the likes of which we hadn’t seen in months.

We must stop balancing state budget on the backs of workers

The 2017 Legislative session opened last month at the Capitol, and I was fortunate to be in attendance.

Even after all these years, it’s tough to watch a kid’s dream end

There were multiple times as I sat matside at Saturday’s Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament when I had to remind myself “it’s just a game.”While the non-sports fans among you may think me foolish, my heart figuratively ached for the wrestlers

Getting the year started off with a bang

We didn’t exactly kick off 2017 at a leisurely pace; after all, it’s been quite a newsy month — one that included some nasty weather, the appearance of Temple Grandin, plenty of sports action and, of course, the lead up to the New Hampton Communit

Readers sound off on upcoming school vote

Our generation needs to step up and vote yesMyself and many of the IDC board members would like to thank our superintendent and School Board members for responding to our petition to bring a school building plan forward.Several of the IDC members

If you can afford the ‘buck sixty,’ then vote yes in referendum

It’s a no-brainer to construct a new school building when it’s both reasonable and necessary. Reasonable means the property tax increase is modest.It’s tougher to nail down what is necessary.

From wrestling to speech, leaving the referendum behind for a bit

My joke the last month or so has gone something like this: I can’t wait for Feb. 8.Why?Because the referendum will be over.

Let’s clear up referendum misconceptions

A week from today, residents of New Hampton Community Schools will head to the polls to decide the fate of a $19.415 million bond referendum.This has been, to say the least, an interesting process, and if there’s one thing that we do appreciate, i

Thoughts from the mayor

Greetings!I want to speak first about our accomplishments for 2016. The City of Nashua worked on re-branding itself and promoting our parks/recreational area/businesses.

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