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Saving daylight

Do you run on solar power? Are you one of those people who waits through the long, cold, short, dark days of winter to finally bask in the glow of that great big ball of gas in the sky? Is that why we lose an hour in the wee hour of 2 a.m. and wake up groggy, our ...

Cats still have hats – outrage may be misplaced

Last week marked Read Across America Day and the birthday of the late Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, author of fancifully illustrated, rhyming books beloved by children for generations. The National Education Association released guidance to schools to ...

An Imbalance

Last spring just as the isolation of the pandemic was setting in, Hulu released a nine-episode series called “Mrs. America,” about the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the backlash that was mostly unexpected, and the efforts of activist Phyllis Schlafly ...

Character counts — everywhere

The Robert and Billie Jo Ray Foundation is accepting nominations of Iowans of Character for its annual awards. Our newsroom hopes there will be nominations from Emmet County. Of all places, we might need the boost more than anywhere else. The national Character ...

Marriage for money?

National Marriage Week touts matrimony’s financial benefits For the twelfth year, National Marriage Week has launched its grassroots campaign to increase marriage education and champion marital success. Running always the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, Feb. 7-14, Organizers said ...

Brrr!

Brrr! As the latest cold front continues today, the newsroom thought about people who might be vulnerable in the cold weather, whether an elderly neighbor, relative or colleague, a family struggling to make ends meet, or others. When subzero windchill poses a threat to people and ...

Half of Iowans organ donors

The Iowa Donor Network reports over 1.5 million Iowans have signed up to be organ donors. That’s 1,532,495 at last count. Many of these potential donors signed up when they renewed their driver’s licenses or signed their license for the first time in Iowa. Driver’s education ...

Healing and common ground are possible

The events that occurred at the Capitol Wednesday are the results of a lack of leadership at the highest level of our country, and should bring embarrassment to all of us regarding where we are as a country. When the president tweets that he will "see everyone in DC on the 6th", asks his ...

A journey to a strange land -Nov. 26 column

Two years ago, I was in St. Petersburg, Florida from the Sunday until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and after that we left on a journey to Texas to see my daughter, Caitlyn and her true love, Corey and spend the holiday with his father and stepmother, with the knowledge that Caitlyn and ...

Hey, Santa

I always remind the children who write letters to you life isn’t about perfect performance, but about growing and learning. You and I both know what’s happened, but each day springs anew. This was another pretty good year, and any bad things I did were comical or enlightening adventures ...