From the category archives:

Opinion

The Brotherhood of Suspenders and a writers’ conference

September 30, 2014 Agriculture News

I’ve never thought of suspenders as being a topic worthy of discussion outside of maybe a comment between good ole boys shooting the breeze at Ron’s Barber Shop on the Montezuma Square. But that was the case on Saturday week ago. Zachary Michael Jack, a young college professor and Iowa author from Jones County, was […]

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Electronic gadgets, bats and RVTV comes to town

September 30, 2014 Brooklyn

When it comes to electronic gadgets such as a cell phone, I’m like a bull in a china shop. The other day, I called Debbie and said hello and then hung up on her. It happens quite often and not just to Debbie. I’ve hung up on other people, too. Debbie and I bought Motorola […]

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I must have had a deer in the headlight look

September 30, 2014 Agriculture News

I finally found out what a deer feels like at night when a car comes around the corner and shines it’s headlights in its face. We are talking frozen in place! Maybe even a dumb look. I have now been there — be quiet you guys (you know who you are!). Here’s what happened. If […]

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Who the heck is Joseph Khulmalo@v?

September 23, 2014 Agriculture News

Have you ever met Joseph Khulmalo@v? Neither have I, but he could make me rich You ever met Joseph Khulmalo (or is it Joseph Khulmalo@v?). Me neither. But he’s going to make me rich. In fact, his email subject title proves it. Titled “Investment (USD $100 million) Dollar’s.” All I have to do is click […]

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OK you two – I owe you guys an apology

September 18, 2014 Brooklyn

You ever done something really stupid and when trying to fix it, you goof up again? Well, I think I’ve taken first place in whatever category that would be at the Olympics. Brandon Wanders, Deep River, and Les Taylor, Brooklyn, I apologize. I should know better. For those of you who have no clue as […]

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Time and 10 years of wedded bliss flies

September 18, 2014 On The Road Again

There we were, laughing and eating cold Pagliai’s Pizza as we rolled south on Highway 146 late Saturday night. Debbie and I had spent the day in Des Moines purchasing supplies for the Montezuma All-Iowa Writers’ Conference slated for this Saturday, Sept. 20. On our way home, I decided to make a stop at my […]

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It was almost as much as we could handle

September 10, 2014 Agriculture News

It was more than my wife and I could handle. The yard looked like nobody had trimmed the trees, bushes, pulled weeds or trimmed around the fences for quite some time. Well, it was about six or seven months, but we won’t go there. So Melissa and I finally attacked the yard. I felt like […]

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Raising kids, reunion time and a wonderful summer

September 10, 2014 On The Road Again

Not being a parent, I’m sure raising kids can be challenging at times. In my observations, it seems child rearing is more challenging for some than for others. I can’t count the many times I have heard the word “no” used in the rearing of young minds. While at the Old Threshers Reunion during the […]

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Benton County Letters, Sept. 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 Benton County Letters

Hush money Branstad’s “hush money” is costing Iowa taxpayers up to $700,000 this year. First, Branstad claimed hush money deals never existed, the Des Moines Register, 8/28/14, published documents that proved his claims were false. A new state audit showed he made 11 more “secret settlements” that paid people terminated for political reasons, to stay […]

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Sour Grapes, Sept. 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 Sour Grapes

One of my favorite trips of the year occurs in August. It’s usually in the metro Des Moines area for the meeting of past honorees for distinguished service and master editor-publisher awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association. I was lucky enough to get the first award a while back, and was honored to present the […]

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