Opinion

06/06/2019 - 1:28am
Historic Central School remains important to Lake City The words shocked me. “Do we just shut down Central School?” It was one of the ideas mentioned to my fellow board members at Central School Preservation (CSP) in Lake City as we assess the museum’s future. As the new president of the CSP board, I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’m not alone. A recent New York...
11/20/2018 - 3:10pm
I wasn’t looking for a new job. In fact, if I’d even ever entertained thoughts of working somewhere else, those thoughts would have taken me closer to Indiana and Ohio, where my parents and in-laws still live. And yet, a few weeks ago, I got a message out of the blue from the owner of the Pocahontas Record-Democrat. Very long story...
05/29/2018 - 2:56pm
The past few weeks, several people have asked me if I’m glad to be off Hawaii Island and away from the lava eruption. Each time I remind them that I’m a reporter and would gladly take the opportunity to go investigate a lava flow up close. It’s history in the making. It’s exciting. And a little dangerous. You might question...
04/10/2018 - 3:04pm
Twelve weeks sounds like a long time to take off of work. But I can tell you, it just flies by when you’re at home, soaking in that new baby smell, the sounds of coos and the sight of baby’s happy smiles. And so, here I find myself, back in my office, checking my email, setting up interviews and marking dates on my calendar. As with...
12/12/2017 - 12:01pm
If I were a smarter person, I would be able to better explain why Americans should be up in arms about the Federal Communication Commission’s plan to abolish net neutrality. Unfortunately, I’m a writer, not a techie, not a lawyer or someone in any other kind of profession who can properly explain the situation. But since I’m a...
11/21/2017 - 3:26pm
Last week, while preparing to join a conference call with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, I asked around for some questions Iowans might have about the proposed tax reform bill, which was to be the subject of the call. A college friend of mine, whose personal politics are quite conservative, morally, and libertarian, fiscally, posed a question about the...
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