Opinion

11/20/2018 - 3:10pm
I wasn’t looking for a new job. In fact, if I’d even ever entertained thoughts of working somewhere else, those thoughts would have taken me closer to Indiana and Ohio, where my parents and in-laws still live. And yet, a few weeks ago, I got a message out of the blue from the owner of the Pocahontas Record-Democrat. Very long story short, I accepted a job as a reporter and writer...
11/07/2017 - 12:11pm
What struck me the most about the story my father-in-law shared with me a few weeks ago was how easily everything could have gone differently. Mike, my father-in-law who lives in Ohio, was staying with us at the end of October, along with my mother-in-law and my 4-year-old nephew. Mike came to town to help my husband replumb our downstairs...
10/18/2017 - 7:49am
For more than a year, I’ve been trying to write a column about free speech, particularly in the context of political protests. I started thinking about this last year when a Calhoun County resident flew a flag upside down in protest of how he felt he was being treated by the Dakota Access Pipeline. He was a military veteran who said it...
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...
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,...
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