Opinion

06/19/2018 - 9:47pm

I thought about taking my column in at least five different directions this week, but a story I found in The Des Moines Register made me do a double take. I try to believe that people, regardless of their personal shortcomings and human tendencies, are overwhelmingly good, just and empathetic, and then I read headlines that make me wonder if I’ve been wrong all along.

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06/13/2018 - 6:50am
I’m not sure whether it’s because of my preternatural disposition as a writer or some undiagnosed personality disorder, but I have a bad habit of wavering between fatalistic doom and gloom and unbridled optimism about my life, the world and everything around me. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right?    ...
06/06/2018 - 8:59am
Perhaps due to the fact that he had a tendency to show up unannounced at meetings halfway across the state, I had the honor of meeting State Senator David Johnson (I-Ocheyedan) on multiple occasions, and I always left our encounters vaguely optimistic that lawmakers who spoke freely, acted in the public interest and refused to box themselves in...
06/06/2018 - 8:56am
Within the next couple of weeks the Grundy County Board of Supervisors will be will be considering the rezoning of a parcel of ground in section 22 of Fairfield township from A-1 to R-2. This parcel is the eight acre wooded area of an established acreage. The owners of the property wish to divide this parcel into four...
06/06/2018 - 8:55am
The Jill Fiscus Strength Training Center Committee at the BCLUW School District has decided to make some changes with times that the public will be allowed to use the facility free of charge. The committee consists of Mr. Petty, the superintendent, Mrs. Kell, the high school principal and other employees of the BCLUW school district. Due to this...
05/15/2018 - 10:28pm
I appreciated the letter by Ms. Rickelman.  I have often defended the family farmer and have written praising them in our own newspaper.  I grew up around the “old fashioned” type of family farm where cattle and hogs were raised and fed with food grown on that farm, I tend to have a preference for that ...
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