Opinion

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 from a business closer to Haiti, if not within the...
07/18/2017 - 1:32pm
Every now and then, while I’m proofing the paper, I come across a line in an obituary that stops me in my tracks. Years ago, at a daily newspaper in Ohio, it was a mention that the deceased woman had been a World War II pinup girl. The accompanying photo backed up the claim – she was a stunning looking woman, in full pinup makeup. More...
07/05/2017 - 8:13am
A few weeks ago, I attended a Board of Adjustments meeting in the Calhoun County Courthouse basement. These meetings are infrequent, scheduled only when someone wants a zoning variance or thinks their building permit shouldn’t have been denied. Rarely, if ever, is anyone from the public there, aside from me. But at this particular meeting,...
05/02/2017 - 11:37am
Nine months ago, I spent the entire first day of school crying, off and on, as I thought about my baby sitting in kindergarten. I knew he was in good hands, but I still teared up. What I didn’t know was that he was actually in great hands. The things he has learned since entering Kris Nicholson’s classroom amaze me. Just as the things...
03/08/2017 - 8:41am
As I sat in the basement of St. Francis Catholic Church Tuesday afternoon, I watched as two women were told they couldn’t donate blood during the LifeServe blood drive. It’s not an unusual situation – I was even one heartbeat per minute away from being rejected that afternoon. I told the LifeServe employee doing my health...
02/21/2017 - 4:44pm
Everyone’s getting crunched these days – prices go up, but rarely seem to come down. With that in mind, I can understand why voters might shy away from school bond or levy requests, as they did last fall when Iowa Central Community College failed to get enough votes to approve a bond. But when the South Central Calhoun Community School...
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