From the category archives:


‘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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Benton County Letters, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014 Benton County Letters

Convention Several days ago, I had the distinct pleasure of working with the ghosts of President Washington, Ben Franklin, James Madison and Patrick Henry. It didn’t enter my mind until after it was over that in a very tiny way, I was helping to continue the work that these and our other Forefathers had started […]

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Crystal Ball, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014 Crystal Ball

No more weather. Cats. You can always tell when I don’t have a good column idea because I write about the weather. Judging from recent papers, I haven’t had a good column idea since December. In an attempt to be original, this week I’m going to write about cats. I’ve run out of things to […]

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Sour Grapes, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014 Sour Grapes

I sneaked out of Benton County for a few days. It was our annual trip to the Big 12 tournament, a tradition my college friends and I have followed since the days of Jeff Hornacek and Jeff Grayer and the Big Eight. Those were the days we could afford tickets. We’ve since given up that […]

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LETTERS TO IOWA COUNTY: March 26, 2014 – A visit to Wonderland

March 26, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By BENJAMIN S. EVANS It was Friday and I had the whole day brilliantly planned out. It would be a good day, a nice day, a day constantly demanded by passerby’s salutations: all of them smiling, waving and thrusting forward a conventional, yet difficult, task: “Have a nice day!” They all mean well by this […]

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A black hole really caused that plane to vanish?

March 25, 2014 Agriculture News

A ‘black hole,” huh? You gotta be joking? The media is going nuts on the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which vanished while going from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Coverage by the media has turned into a “news” story all by itself. If you ever saw an episode of “LOST” you probably know what happened, […]

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