Opinion

10/11/2017 - 7:31am

For the first time in my life, I felt a sense of fear, loathing and dread about attending a concert on Friday evening, and I’ve been to plenty. During an intermission before Chris Stapleton, the man all 12,500 of us at Wells Fargo Arena had come to see, took the stage, Kellie caught me gazing off into the rafters and asked me what I was thinking about. I couldn’t lie.

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10/04/2017 - 7:59am
The beginning of October marks the heart of fall and the pronounced return of America’s most inescapable cultural phenomenon. Is it creeping into your nostrils? Can you smell it in the air?             I can, because the scent is sprayed all around my house, and we’ve got candles...
09/27/2017 - 8:16am
I have a personal anecdote about “The Star Spangled Banner” that I’ve always wanted to fit into a column at some point, but I could never quite find the right angle. So, because it’s the only thing anyone seems to be talking about, what better time than now?           ...
09/20/2017 - 7:45am
I don’t write editorials in this newspaper for two primary reasons: 1) my opinions are usually wrong, and 2) I’m probably not going to change anyone’s mind anyway.   So despite the fact that one of the most unique and contentious processes in Iowa education history played out just nine miles east of my office over the last 2...
09/06/2017 - 9:55am
Do you remember a time when the most important debate topic in America was whether a middling quarterback who lost his job to Blaine Gabbert had committed the single greatest act of heroism in American history or a heresy nothing short of treason when he kneeled for the national anthem? Oh, the good old days.       ...
08/23/2017 - 11:35am
“How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?”- Bob Dylan   I’ve always been the first to admit that by American and Iowan standards, I’m about as far as it gets from the traditional ideal of a manly man. In my defense, John Wayne and Nile Kinnick set the bar pretty high.   Growing up, bonding...
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