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Opinion

At the Movies with Mona

Local Columns

“Addams Family 2” Held over this weekend at the Traer Theatre is the new animated family movie, “Addams Family 2.” Everyone's favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, “Addams Family 2.” In this all new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that ...

Dengler Domain: Halloween costume tips

Local Columns

The beginning of October means “spooky” season is here. As a child, Halloween is a fun holiday. It means a night of endless candy and costumes. While the trick or treating goes away as one gets older, the costumes stick around. Whether it is for a party, work, or a fandom of Halloween, ...

Q&A: Afghan Drug Trade and Fentanyl

Editorials

Q: Why is it important to strengthen enforcement of synthetic fentanyl? A: Deaths and illnesses from COVID-19 have caused immeasurable pain and suffering among American families for more than a year. The pandemic is distressing our economy, supply chains and schools, causing continued anguish ...

Dengler Domain: Buy Local

Editorials

Spending money is not something one enjoys doing unless it is on a vacation or delicious ice cream. Spending on utilities, groceries, or anything else in between is not fun. Watching the greenbacks leave the wallet and never come back is not a fulfilling feeling. An important part of spending ...

Dengler Domain: Sept. 16

Editorials

Looking out for each other is the best action one can do in society. Trying one’s best to help the greater good is the best one can do. It is hard. Self-interest is the easiest and most comfortable route but volunteering or giving service to the community rises the community’s tide. ...

Q&A: 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Editorials

Q: What goes through your mind two decades after 9/11? A: As the world observes the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it’s notable that an entire generation of Americans was born after the horrific terror attacks. No matter if you watched it unfold on television in real time or read about it in ...

Restricting access to public notices poses a threat to the public

Editorials

Iowans want to know what their local governments — county supervisors, city councils, school boards — are up to. They always have. The very first newspapers in many of the state’s counties regularly published local public notices, paid for by local governments. It’s an American ...

Dengler Domain: September 2

Editorials

Labor Day is here. This marks the end of summer, and fortunately, the end of the heat. There might be near-unanimous agreement for the heat to be gone. Unfortunately, Iowa autumns are as rare as bears in Iowa. Once in a blue moon, one comes, but more than likely, it stays in hiding. The worst ...