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...
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,...
11/15/2016 - 2:18pm
I spent two Saturdays last month watching out-of-town protesters converge on Calhoun County fields, showing their opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline with chants and, eventually, acts of trespassing. It’s not, I was quick to tell my friends, how I would choose to spend half of my weekend. As I thought about it more, I do have to...
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