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No value in a spectacle (01/26/15)
As we watched the state of the union address last week, we couldn't help but notice the unnecessary pageantry of politics. People stood at obvious applause lines to make sure it could never be said they didn't stand for the issue, while others grimaced to show their commitment to the opposition of what the other person stood for...
Letter to the Editor (01/20/15)
Dear Editor, Does the city have a sidewalk snow removal ordinance? If so, why isn't it being enforced? I began walking outside again on Thursday the 15th and found it to be very difficult, I had to walk in the street in many areas. To still have snow packed sidewalks when it snowed around two full weeks ago is ridiculous...
Truth or death (01/20/15)
In America, we accept that freedom of speech is a right no one has the ability to take away. We feel comfortable in our society knowing our opinions will never be violated, never be stripped from us. However, when we watch from around the world as horrific acts of violence are carried out to keep ideas from being expressed, we must let those acts serve as reminders there are still people who wish to suppress any voice which expresses a dissenting thought...
Letter to the Editor (01/13/15)
Dear Editor, I am writing in regards to your article concerning the use of the Rural services fund to pay for the proposed new deputy position. Wouldn't the county be better served by the incorporated towns in the county being assessed the amount that it will take to fund this position? These towns are required by Iowa law to provide law enforcement and have been provided with free services by the county for as long as I can remember...
Taking power back (01/13/15)
As a country, we have the tendency to put things on autopilot. If we know something is supposed to happen in a certain way, we don't spend too much time focusing on it, we just believe and expect it to happen the way it's meant to. As a society, and as individuals, this allows us to focus our minds on more important things, such as our personal lives and our families. But as a citizenry, this can lead to dangerous trends...
Violence will never carry a message (01/05/15)
In a time of crisis, or in any moment when this country finds itself divided, it can be counted on that our citizenry will let their opinions be heard. Opposing voices will speak out and protesters will call attention to their causes through public display...
Consequences of indifference (12/31/14)
Lately national media sources have been focused on social issues that divide people into two sides. Arguments causing debates over the definitions of terms or whether athletes have the right to speak their minds have completely overtaken any other news story...
Resolve to make a difference (12/31/14)
During this time of year, people begin to reflect on the year that has passed and start thinking about the year to come. It is customary during this time of reflection and thought to make a resolution to accomplish a goal during the upcoming year. For some people this means to stop a bad habit, others may attempt to learn a foreign language or start a new hobby they have been meaning to try...
Enjoy the season safely (12/16/14)
With the holidays approaching, this is the season for celebration. Many among us will be spending time with family and traveling to see people we don't get to see on a regular basis. During this time of celebration, it is easy to become caught up in the whirlwind of events and overdo it at holiday parties...
Depression during the holiday season (12/12/14)
The holiday season can be a great time for happiness and joy. It can be a season dedicated to the love and sense of family that many of us take for granted the rest of the year. But for others, it can be a difficult time. The holidays, for some, can bring strong feelings of sadness and depression...
A time for reflection (12/03/14)
There are times in every generation of American history where our society is forced to take a step back as a whole, to evaluate the actions of a few. These times are a necessary part of the democracy we have created, because it gives us the opportunity to reflect on aspects of our society that often remain hidden to the majority of our population. These times lend the perspective of the few out to the minds of the many...
Let your voice be heard (11/26/14)
The current atmosphere in American politics can be one of anger, tension and bitter debate. Opinions are running strong with elected leaders, as well as concerned citizens, and there are few from either group who seem willing to compromise with opposing ideas...
Testing the limitations of life (11/19/14)
As children we are taught to obey rules, to live within the boundaries set by our parents and other authority figures. This is something every child must learn to understand the differences of what our society deems to be right and wrong. But as any parent can attest, children will attempt to cross any line they are given...
Taking time for the important things (11/11/14)
With the current expectations of modern life, it's easy to forget about the things that are truly important. Family can often take a backseat to one's responsibilities at work or to any interest that distracts us from the important people in our lives...
Is education worth the price? (11/04/14)
We are currently living in a country with sky rocketing student loan debt and frightening unemployment rates. With these figures hanging over the heads of high school students, who day by day step closer to graduation, many families are asking if a college education is still the best choice...
Disobedience in a free society (10/30/14)
As we look around the world we live in, all of us can find things we disagree with. We can all see injustice, greed, lies and degradation in some aspect of life. Even if we see these things in a different place than the person next to us, we all see some element of this life that does not suit our personal beliefs of what is right and what is wrong...
Lessons from the past (10/22/14)
If a person doesn't learn from history, then he or she is doomed to repeat it. We have all heard this cliché, taken its message at face value and then dismissed it without giving its meaning any real thought. But it's true; the lessons of the past must never be forgotten...
Letter to the Editor (10/22/14)
The U.S. is expected to yield 14.4 billion bushels of corn, with 2.4 billion coming from Iowan farmers. However, as farmers begin to take to the fields for the fall harvest, the record yield may not turn into record profit. That's because of the current trade spat between the U.S. and Mexico over sugar imports...
What's in a name? (10/07/14)
With so much controversy surrounding the names of professional sports teams, conversations about what a team name means to an organization have started to take place. This conversation has extended past the realm of professional sports and now has many people focusing on the culturally insensitivity of high school mascots...
The independent choice (10/06/14)
America can be divided along many different lines. We find our differences to be a way of defining who we are as people. Differences such as religious beliefs, sexual orientation, race and gender can come to be equated with who we are in life. Among these types of distinctions, what political party a person belongs to, is often the deciding factor when assumptions about another's beliefs are being made...