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Benton County Letters to the Editor

April 9, 2014 Benton County Letters

Back to Work To be rather short and simple, we learned from the austerity program forced on Germany by France and England after World War I and the austerity during much of the “Great Depression” starting in 1930, that austerity during hard financial times is very painful and makes for a slow economic recovery. Also, […]

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Sour Grapes, April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 Sour Grapes

A few weeks ago, the folks at Benton had a clever idea to raise money for their prom: Hold a prom. Except this one was for grown-ups. To note this, I ordered a cheap leisure suit. It was bright green and worth of all of the $30 it cost. There were many great costumes. I […]

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Crystal Ball: April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 Crystal Ball

‘How may I help you?’ When I was in elementary school, my classmates and I were fascinated by the idea of mobile phones and the ability to see the person you were talking to over the telephone. We figured that was so far in the future, we’d all be driving flying cars by the time […]

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Oh no! It’s getting warmer

April 8, 2014 Agriculture News

You’d think I would learn my lesson. Thought this might be a weekend to relax outside – it is getting warmer. On Saturday this past week it was time to take down the snow fences. No problem, but there were a ton of leaves that had accumulated all winter. So I decided to burn them […]

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Taxes and more taxes, energy savings and my high school days

April 8, 2014 On The Road Again

I’m happy to report that the Parker household taxes are done and in the mail! It’s always a good feeling to wrap up one’s taxes, and even better to get a small refund. It wasn’t too many years ago that I got behind on filing my taxes – four years worth to be exact. I […]

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‘Engage brain – before opening mouth’

April 8, 2014 Opinion

Editor Engage brain – before opening mouth. I was disturbed when I heard the man that represents me in the U.S. House of Representatives felt he was superior to the man that represents me in the U.S. Senate, just because he had gone to law school. It also bothered me when it sounded like he […]

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Sour Grapes, April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014 Sour Grapes

It’s typical Iowa weather. The day after icy roads and snow, the area underwent a tornado drill. *    *    * Iowans are known for griping about the weather. They’re known for other things as well. That came to light at the WaMaC indoor meet a few weeks ago in Mount Vernon. We look […]

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Crystal Ball, April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014 Crystal Ball

Signs of spring . . . somewhere Spring has started. It says so right here on the calendar on March 20: vernal equinox. First day of spring. I don’t believe everything I read and the arrival of spring falls into that category this year. The calendar says one thing, the weather forecast says another. Forecast […]

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My ‘senior moment’ actually started years ago

April 1, 2014 Agriculture News

The birthday surprise overcame the fact that I’m now 60 years old – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – - Well, it’s not a secret anymore – at least not to me. Seems the entire […]

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Checking out the scenery, those shoes and enjoying good friends

April 1, 2014 On The Road Again

Debbie and I drove to Grinnell on Saturday via the Ewart Road, or pavement as I often call it. As we tooled by the farmstead west of Ewart that burnt last year, I noticed some men cutting up a large tree in the front yard. As I peeled back my neck to take a double […]

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