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Opinion

That first presidential debate

Local Columns

I’m writing this column one day before the debate and you’re reading it several days after the debate. So, how did each one do? I surmise that President Trump was in “attack mode” and perhaps even some personal attacks, probably even bringing up Joe’s son, Hunter every now and then. ...

Letter to Editor

Letters to the Editor

If anything will bring our country down, it will be those laggards in the high and upper income groups of our society who pay no taxes. These citizens often have the attitude that they are wiser and more competent than those of us who actually take responsibility and do annually pay our dues. ...

Q & A with Doug Ray

Local Columns

What things did you see in Tama within the last month that inspired you about how Tama citizens responded to the derecho? What I saw was people helping people. Friends and neighbors were jumping in and working on getting their yards and the city back up and going. All the city’s employees ...

Community outlook: Sup. Jared Smith

Local Columns

Life is full of second chances. Whether it be re-taking a driver's license test, running another 5K race, or repairing a relationship, life has a way of providing opportunities for improvement. When given extra chances, it is imperative we make adjustments. By examining our failures and ...

Hurricane Iowa

Editorials

Last week my hometown of Tama-Toledo, and the eastern part of the state of Iowa suffered what will most likely be one of the greatest storms it will ever see, if not the greatest. The monstrous storm came in without warning and just like that, left behind devastation of epic proportion. This ...

Living in a war zone

Letters to the Editor

I have always been very happy that I live in Tama rather than Toledo, except recently when the Toledo City Council banned fireworks in their city limit. Lordy, how I wish that would happen in Tama! For an entire week, fireworks have been going off during early evening and have continued on ...

Take a Mulligan

Local Columns

Do you remember the newspaper insert "Believe it of Not" of years ago? How about when Paul Harvey would tell you "The rest of the story?" Ever wonder what a mouse goes through when he's put in a maze and looks for that coveted "piece of cheese?" Here is my story.... I'm not going to get ...

The end of the 2020 session

Editorials

The legislature adjourned for the year on Sunday, June 14. This year’s session was definitely different than previous years. While we didn’t get to all the legislation we wanted, we were able to accomplish a lot in the time we did have. Before we paused the session in March, the Senate ...

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sometimes citizens are fortunate enough to find a candidate they can support who is extremely qualified and who cares about them and their welfare. Sometimes - but not always. Our district is just that fortunate. We have a candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives who not only has the ...