Opinion

07/22/2014 - 10:40am
James Garner, Imperfect role model I’ve had the theme from “Maverick” going through my head lately. Next to my mom and dad, James Garner was a role model for me. Kinda weird because, as Maverick, he played a gambler. The loader operator I worked with for Columbia Helicopters taught me not to gamble by taking every new guy’s first paycheck in motel crap games. Gambling...
07/08/2014 - 11:30am
       Many of our state parks have seen some damage in recent weeks because of strong winds and flooding. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), staff is clearing downed limbs, cleaning up and making repairs. A few state parks are closed or partially closed. For the latest information, go to www....
07/08/2014 - 11:30am
Good friends shape our lives I mentioned Chuck Saxton, the hook tender, in the last column. He was stocky with red curly hair sticking out all over, made to be a logger with a low center of gravity. Chuck's superior was Kiddo. I can't remember his given name, but Kiddo called everybody else “kiddo.” He was an old man with...
07/01/2014 - 11:30am
    Happy Independence Day!        The phrase “knee-high by the Fourth of July” might have a different meaning this year. For some farmers throughout the area, continued rainfall has probably led to knee-high puddles in their fields instead of knee-high corn. Hopefully the precipitation...
07/01/2014 - 11:29am
A commitment to good Iowa government           In Iowa, we have one of the best state governments in the country. Republican and Democratic legislators are always looking for ways to ensure government runs efficiently and offers good service to Iowans.       Those efforts...
07/01/2014 - 11:29am
It’s hard to believe the 4th of July is right around the corner. Friends and family will soon be gathering to celebrate our nation’s birthday and reflect on the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. Thank you to all of our service men and women, past and present, for your sacrifice to preserve those things we cherish most- our...
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