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Columns

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    Will repealing Obamacare (ACA) affect me?

    Since Republicans rolled out their plans to repeal and replace Obamacare (Affordable Care Act or ACA) last week, most of us have been asking that question. And the answer is yes.

    The new plan, called “The American Health Care Plan,” would kick millions of people off the plans they currently have, according to many health policy experts. 

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Finding a local tenderloin to nominate for the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) annual contest seemed easy enough. This county produces tons of pork, has a lot of places that make the sandwich, and I’m sure the guy I talked to at the IPPA office was anxious for our opinion. 

    I say “our” opinion, as an early issue was my wife. Her background in restaurants began in high school. In the years since, she worked in half a dozen others. 

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    It’s coming, and ultimately, there is very little you can do about it. Resistance is futile. Even those who normally show little or no interest in it must eventually accept its intrusion.

    No, I’m not talking about April 15. I’m talking about The Bracket.  

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    Having been a history teacher for a number of years, I would hate to count the number of time I have heard the comment, “History is boring.” 

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Although our sap-to-syrup experiment wasn’t the best, the trees did their part. Not knowing what level of sap flow to expect from black walnuts, early February was a pleasant surprise. Warm days and below freezing nights produced about three gallons of sap per day from just a few trees. Then the weather turned unseasonably warm and what should have been the best time was not. 

    Those few good days were enough, though, that we expected to net nearly a gallon of syrup; enough to give anyone interested a taste. 

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    If the Republican-dominated Iowa Legislature has designs on creating some sort of voucher program that allows tax dollars to follow a student to a private school or a home school, it ought to drop it right now. And it ought to do so on Republican principles.

    The GOP always states its desire for smaller, more accountable government. It’s hard enough for the state to track where we spend all of the money on education. Can you imagine how difficult it will be to track dollars that follow students into private organizations?

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    On Sat., Feb. 18, I dragged myself out of bed early to attend our local legislators’ 7 a.m. briefing at the YMCA. I was surprised to arrive about 6:50 a.m. to a room filling with people. Rep. David Sieck was already there engaged in conversation. Senator Mark Costello arrived shortly before things got underway.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    About 10 years ago, I did a column suggesting Villisca modify its water tower to resemble the rocket ship in which Judd Holdren, a native son, journeyed to the moon. 

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    As a collegian, I didn’t work for the Iowa State Daily. I had a nice little job over in the sports information department instead, which gave me some great perks and a lot fewer hassles.

    The benefit was I didn’t have to investigate the dearth of options at the dorm cafeterias compared to other Big 8 schools, write a feature on the computer science students who created a new theory that only they could understand, or cover the same old group of protesters and their issue of the week.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    This year, the month of February has 28 days. According to “Holiday Insights,” an organization that keeps current on these things, 67 of them are holidays. We might enjoy more events if we knew they existed. 

    “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day,” for example, fell on Feb. 4 and we missed it. The fourth is also “Create a Vacuum Day,” but I’m at a loss as to how this should be celebrated. Candlemas, the last day of Christmas season, is on the second, as is Groundhog Day.