Opinion

12/06/2017 - 7:47am

For once in my life, I don’t come into this column with snark, political opinions or disproving takes on the latest cultural trend. It’s been a tough couple of weeks.

           

Three of the five largest communities in Grundy County—Grundy Center, Reinbeck and Conrad—have endured the untimely death of...

11/29/2017 - 7:49am
“Do you guys have any selfie sticks left?” a 40-something mom donning a bedazzled sweatshirt and clutching her cup of coffee for dear life asked a store employee almost certainly questioning every aspect of his existence.             At this moment, I realized that I had entered...
11/22/2017 - 7:49am
There are a few lessons to be gleaned from the recent wave of allegations, confessions and apologies that keep pouring out by the day: one is that sexual harassment doesn’t have a political affiliation, a socioeconomic status, a race or a profession. It’s a problem across the spectrum that no one really seems equipped to speak...
11/07/2017 - 10:16pm
During a college writing class, I was introduced to a short story apocryphally credited to Ernest Hemingway and widely considered one of the most concise, heartbreaking pieces of prose ever put to pen: “For sale—baby shoes, never worn.”             Despite Hemingway’s...
10/25/2017 - 6:55am
As surprising as this may sound, I listened in on an interesting conversation during a school board meeting recently. The middle school language arts teachers at BCLUW were giving a curriculum report, and they had all reached an unsettling conclusion about their students: they hate reading.          ...
10/11/2017 - 6:31am
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...
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