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Columns

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     

    While my wife and I were packing last week in preparation for our move from Texas, there was ample time to listen to talk radio discussions about the terrible attack in the Orlando nightclub.

    It’s appalling the way people race to use these types of incidents to further their own causes.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     

    While some view California as a land overflowing with fruit, nuts and Michael Moore, there’s a fellow from the northern part of that state who believes we Iowans have issues as well. 

  • Guest Editorial | Future of Freedom Foundation

     

    By Richard M. Ebeling

  • The Time Capsule: A toast to Effie Bean

     We’ve reached the point in our way-too-long campaign season that our choices are nearly settled -- which means the hand wringing has begun. Predictably, I am hearing declarations from both disgruntled Republicans and Democrats about sitting out the election. Poppycock!

  • Miner Queries:Think you don't have choice?

     We’ve reached the point in our way-too-long campaign season that our choices are nearly settled -- which means the hand wringing has begun. Predictably, I am hearing declarations from both disgruntled Republicans and Democrats about sitting out the election. Poppycock!

  • On the side: Signing off

     Sign. 

    Sign. 

    Everywhere a sign.

    Well, not quite.

    The Red Oak Express sign’s days are numbered.

    No, we aren’t a Taurus.

  • The Time capsule: Lake Darling, Viking Lake and the Hultman Trail

     The “Hultman Trail” sign, apparently a victim of old age and weather, has been gone for months. This hardly seems worth mentioning – not many noticed and even fewer have any idea of the sign’s significance. Bernie Wickstrom did, and if he still ran a newspaper he’d throw a shoe. 

  • On The Side: The 'Pilot Project'

     Internet access is vital for today’s economic development ventures. Most businesses need access for point-of-sale devices that take credit and debit cards or for storing data off-site.

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced funding for five small U.S. towns in a pilot project aimed at providing broadband service for downtown revitalization and economic development.

  • The time capsule: Who could forget Lynn King, season of '36?

    Not long before Jim Zabel passed away, I asked if he remembered Lynn King of Villisca. The long-time sportscaster, on the phone from his Arizona home, didn’t hesitate. “Oh, man!” he said. “Who could forget him?” Zabel knew King as a middle-aged bowler, but was well aware of what he had been.

  • On the side: What? Us? Lazy?

    Chris Kolmar,
    Marketing Director
    Zippia
    28 2nd St., #300
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Dear Chris:
    Earlier this month, you and-or your company issued some sort of “analysis” that ranked my community, Red Oak, as the laziest in Iowa.
    I wanted to share a few things with you about your diligent “work” to inform the world, and in the process, drum up free marketing for your business. Yes, we’re smart enough out here in the sticks to know your agenda.
    First, you offended a bunch of good people.
    Second, it’s very Iowan to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you cast aspersions.