Opinion

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 he learned in Emily Stelling’s preschool...
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...
02/14/2017 - 3:19pm
There’s a recurring theme during the county budgeting hearings each year, when the directors of the county’s public libraries come in to ask the Board of Supervisors to continue providing financial support. The librarians go through their presentations, bringing stories of community connections and, this year, financial calculations...
02/08/2017 - 9:27am
Right now, you’re holding in your hand the best little newspaper in Iowa. No, seriously, on Friday, the Iowa Newspaper Association awarded The Graphic-Advocate first-place in the General Excellence category for weekly newspapers with up to 1,140 subscribers. Judges awarded us the first and third place in Best in Class Advertising, plus...
01/24/2017 - 4:33pm
In mid-October, I attended a meeting after a few especially foggy mornings. One of the meeting attendees, before the group got going, told me to mark my calendar for Jan. 16. There will be fog that day, she said. Curious, I asked why. A storm follows fog by 90 days, she explained. She thought it would be snow, but another meeting attendee...
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