Opinion

09/30/2014 - 11:20am
  Harvest season hazards        The days are shorter, the breeze is a bit cooler and cornfields throughout Franklin County are starting to turn that special shade of gold. It’s harvest season once again, and with its arrival comes certain precautions for both area travelers and local farmers alike.      Last week marked the 71st...
08/26/2014 - 10:45am
Police force militarization a concerning trend         Recent turmoil in Ferguson, Mo. has shed light on a troubling situation that’s grown considerably throughout the years. Police forces across the country have obtained a stockpile of elaborate military equipment ranging from automatic assault rifles to...
08/26/2014 - 10:44am
Crimney, what a dull week.      I couldn't come up with a single topic to rant about, so let's just hit some of the highlights.      The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the Internet's latest fad, but at least it's a fad for a good cause. For those interested in charity, the challenge has...
08/19/2014 - 12:18pm
Fast-forwarding through summer        The end of the State Fair typically marks the proverbial close to summer for most Iowans. Ball diamonds are quiet, traffic at local pools has slowed and days are getting shorter and shorter. These seasonal changes can mean only one thing despite the wishful thinking of area...
08/19/2014 - 12:17pm
Everyday heroes There seems to be a flood of good friends flowing to heaven lately. When I moved to Dumont from Noxon, Mont., in 1977 no one close to me had died. I was 26. Grandpa Barlow had written to say Grandma was in the nursing home dying of lung cancer, even though I doubt Minnie had ever even smelled a smoke filled room. As Grandpa...
08/19/2014 - 12:16pm
  Some of us do have a friend like him. Let's take care of them.        Robin Williams has us all thinking about suicide.      Not necessarily of committing the act of course. I'm sad he's gone, but not that sad. Instead, Williams' death has sparked a lot of thought about...
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