Opinion

06/19/2018 - 9:47pm

I thought about taking my column in at least five different directions this week, but a story I found in The Des Moines Register made me do a double take. I try to believe that people, regardless of their personal shortcomings and human tendencies, are overwhelmingly good, just and empathetic, and then I read headlines that make me wonder if I’ve been wrong all along.

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05/15/2018 - 10:26pm
For all of the Horatio Alger mythology and entrepreneurial success stories that have come to define the United States of America, we’re often forced to stare down the other side of the coin. Businesses that we know and love, businesses that have become a part of our fabric over the years, shut their doors and leave an empty spot in our...
05/09/2018 - 7:44am
Rob, I can’t believe you wrote an editorial that says “Does anyone care?”   You are living in the number one state in our great country, and you wonder if anyone cares. I’m really sorry about that. We have so many good things going on and so many great people doing so much. I farmed for many years but also worked as...
05/09/2018 - 7:42am
Some people live to be praised and admired, and others can’t wait to be scolded.             As the snow birds return from their winter nests (and remind me that I’ll probably never be able to afford a winter nest or even retire), plenty of familiar faces are resurfacing around the...
05/02/2018 - 7:47am
A recent conversation I had with a Grundy County resident I’ve gotten to know well over the last few years summed up a lot of my feelings, even if she and I don’t see eye-to-eye on all of the issues. Apathy and willful ignorance are everywhere. It’s a difficult cycle to break.         ...
05/02/2018 - 7:41am
In last week’s Grundy Register, the front-page story highlighted a local farmer’s love of the land. In that same paper, there was a letter to the editor about how rural areas aren’t so nice anymore. Isn’t that funny.   I grew up on an acreage and now raise pigs with my husband here in rural Grundy...
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