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...
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...
12/13/2016 - 3:09pm
A few weeks ago, just after cat arrived at my house, my 3-year-old walked up to me. “I always wanted to have two pets,” he said, so matter-of-factly that I was surprised that I had never heard that sentiment before. In our house, we’re dog people. My husband grew up with cats and dogs, always preferred dogs and when we got...
12/06/2016 - 4:18pm
At its peak, “Gilmore Girls” was something like the 160th most popular television show in America. And yet, its fans have clamored for a revival of the show since it left the air in 2007. Last month, I joined millions of Americans in watching the four new episodes over just two days. The binge watching was a necessity, I told myself,...
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