Opinion

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 recently, I saw a mention of a Calhoun County...
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...
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...
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