Opinion

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 writer, and since I think it’s worth paying...
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...
11/14/2017 - 11:01am
Remember that time women were supposed to post a cryptic, one-word status update on Facebook a few years ago? Instructions were circulated via a secret message, explaining that women should post the color of the bra they were wearing, in order to support breast cancer patients. Or was it to create awareness of breast cancer? I never really was...
11/07/2017 - 12:11pm
What struck me the most about the story my father-in-law shared with me a few weeks ago was how easily everything could have gone differently. Mike, my father-in-law who lives in Ohio, was staying with us at the end of October, along with my mother-in-law and my 4-year-old nephew. Mike came to town to help my husband replumb our downstairs...
10/18/2017 - 7:49am
For more than a year, I’ve been trying to write a column about free speech, particularly in the context of political protests. I started thinking about this last year when a Calhoun County resident flew a flag upside down in protest of how he felt he was being treated by the Dakota Access Pipeline. He was a military veteran who said it...
09/13/2017 - 9:23am
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the publisher of the newspaper where I was working asked me to write an article about the relief efforts of a group he was heavily involved in. I made a few calls, learned about the group’s disaster relief kits, which included a number of items that I wondered if they could be sourced...
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