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· 11:19am March 6th, 2014
For years now – 22 of them to be exact – my liberal friends have been reading my columns mocking global warming and repeatedly reminding me of just how much of a mouth-breathing, knuckle dragging Neanderthal nut job I am, although they don’t usually say it that kindly. With the great lakes nearly completely frozen -- at near-record levels, and with March coming in not like a lion or lamb, but rather as a woolly mammoth that made it dangerously cold to shovel the latest layer of snow off the thick layer of ice I call my dri...
· 11:44am February 17th, 2014
I am writing to inform citizens on the state of midwifery in Iowa. At present, Certified Professional Midwives, midwives who attend the majority of out-of-hospital births, are not licensed in Iowa. 28 states in the U.S. offer a license to CPM’s; 3 of those 28 states border Iowa and the other 3 states which border Iowa have introduced legislation that would offer a license for CPM’s.
· 11:07am February 17th, 2014
Athletes and spectators competitive sports learn many things: Skills. Teamwork. Discipline. Sportsmanship – how to play, win and lose graciously. We learn these things from coaches, teammates, professionals we admire, and – at times – from the other team. At a recent basketball game in Vinton, I saw an inspiring performance from on of our rivals that merits mention and a sincere compliment.
· 12:28pm February 15th, 2014
This year I decided that my New Years Resolution was to be a free spirit...and realize I will probably end up just slightly more free spirited than Sheldon of the Big Bang Theory, The last few days I took another baby step in this direction. Let me back up and explain the differences between OCD and ADD in our house.
· 4:44pm February 14th, 2014
Somewhere a soldier Sits drinking his Folger's And wondering what words would rhyme With "desert" and "sandstorm" And "al-Muqdadiya" And he hopes his mail gets home on time The blue-helmeted Seahawk Hears his muse only mock When for his girl he writes a love song to sing He's attempting to show her He's still a romantic feller Though he wears that huge Super Bowl ring Brain-tired and weary The writer will fear he Has nothing new or insp...
· 12:17pm February 14th, 2014
A man who read my column called “Pebbles in our shoes” got to the end of my thoughts about learning that we have had an accused murderer living in our midst for several years . Then he made an observation, and then asked an important question. “I counted 41 times the word ‘I’ in that piece,” wrote a man named Tim Hench.
· 4:41pm February 3rd, 2014
There is nothing more American than ... a good, old-fashioned social media melee over Super Bowl commercials. The game was forgettable (although not to Seattle or its fans), but the commercials still have millions of people talking – and typing. No, there was no “Thank God for a Farmer,” tribute which Dodge shared with us, using Paul Harvey’s legendary voice and words last year.
· 11:31am February 3rd, 2014
Today we received an obituary for Charlotte Knupp. Now quite frankly, I didn't know Charlotte, but I knew Charlotte's store. As a kid, I always enjoyed creating things. At Christmas, on my dad's side, our family drew names, and I always hoped that a certain aunt of mine would get my name, because I knew if she did, I'd get an awesome present, a craft kit of some kind or a book about how to make something.
· 4:42am January 31st, 2014
Perhaps you saw an ad on TV, or a flier in a newspaper, or some other form of advertising that refers to Sunday’s NFL Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks as “the big game.” Why, you may wonder, don’t they just say “Super Bowl?” Because, they can’t – at least not without having the NFL and its trademark lawyers suing them.
· 11:28am January 29th, 2014
My hometown was not Vinton, but rather in a cold northern desolate place not known for its success on the football field. No, it was not as far north as Minnesota, although the frequency with which the school band there played the Minnesota Fight Song still leaves me unwilling to sing along. (We will address the Wisconsin Fight Song issue in a later column.