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Today's Opinions

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

     

    I think it was about the 15th hole when I started to feel as if I had pulled a muscle. By the 16th hole, I was pretty sure I had pulled a muscle. By the 17th hole, I wasn’t sure which muscle I had pulled, but I began to think I had really pulled it. And on the 18th hole, I decided that I would swing as hard as possible to see if I could straighten out that muscle. 

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     

    This is a follow-up to last week’s column on corn husking. 

     

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     

    A decade ago or so, a preacher friend of mine gave a sermon about being unoffendable. His point was it’s hard to live a heartfelt joyful existence, or live in repentance, if you get upset every time someone does or says something that offends you.

    Think about it.

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

     

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     

  • On The Side: Brad Hicks

    My fellow husbands:
    Some time on Saturday, your bride is going to come through the door of the house holding something she found at one of the Red Oak city-wide garage sales.
    You have several options in terms of your response.
    May I suggest that the one you desire most – the one that involves you continuing to watch college football and muttering “that’s nice, Dear” is not a good response.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    I drove by Good Samaritan on Red Oak’s Alix Avenue to see the mailbox recently painted with the likeness of a horse. It’s nicely done. I applaud those responsible, and if John Hervey was still living he could have written something appropriate. Hervey, one of the most respected sportswriters and editors of his day, was once a young man who covered racing and watched Alix in her prime. The impression she made was lasting; so lasting that 50 years after one of her performances he wrote an article that’s worthy of another look.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     As I sat in my office at the paper in north central Iowa, working to put the final touches on what would be that week’s edition, one of the staff members mentioned in passing that a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center twin towers.