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...
07/01/2014 - 11:28am
Logging Camp Society Here is the third in the four-part Alaska vacation series. Thought it was three, didn't you? Last week was the mechanics, or workings of logging camp. Now, the people. Holy cow, this is 38 years ago. Forgive me if you were there and find my facts don't ring true. It rains most of the time in Southeast Alaska...
06/24/2014 - 11:34am
  Rain, rain, go away        Last week's tumultuous weather was yet another reminder of the unpredictable, and sometimes insane, weather we're subjected to here in Iowa. When it was all said and done, much of Franklin County had received more than 10 inches of rain during a five-day period.  ...
06/24/2014 - 11:33am
    Lang misses mark with recent editorial   Letter to the Editor:        Recently, Craig Lang (former Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president and Iowa Board of Regents) wrote an editorial in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier and the Des Moines Register in support of the Rock Island Clean Line...
06/24/2014 - 11:33am
Logging Camp This column is a continuation of last week's story of my trip to work in Alaska. I am writing this story to give background to the opinions expressed in The Alternative. There is no such thing as unbiased news. The messenger's background is as important as the message itself. So as you read The Alternative be mindful of...
06/24/2014 - 11:32am
  Hampton resident applauds city workers after storm   Letter to the Editor:        I was shocked as I drove around town after the storm the other night. I knew it was bad, but not that bad. I thought it would be days before it was halfway cleaned up. Wrong! The city/street department did an...
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