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Today's Opinions

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    Some time Monday night, after the paper was in the delivery van, and after my bride had given up the day, you would have found me in a chair before the TV in our living room, captivated by an event that’s happened just twice in my life.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Larry Porter married my sister and became a career reporter for the Omaha World Herald. Over the years I gave him a few stories; none as memorable as that of the strange relationship between Minnie Porterhouse and Orville Wright.

    Larry was able, with stealth and a telephoto lens, to capture the two during a tryst; a photo worthy of the sleaziest paparazzi.

    With the arrival of autumn, I think of Orville and Minnie, the gunshot wound that brought them together, and the restless yearning that caused their relationship to an end.

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    The fountain in the center of Fountain Square Park is dedicated to the men from Montgomery County who fell in World War I. It might seem strange to say, but it is not a public monument. Rather, it is a private one, built by the families of the men lost in that horrific war. Time seems to have made it somewhat abstract; few will remember the names and faces. Time has taken it toll, but every once in a while, something will ring it back into the present.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    There seems to be an increasing number of news items about middle-aged women, often school teachers, broadening the educational experience of teen-aged boys.

    These headlines bring to mind young Charlie Bates of Villisca.

    Charles was born in that town in 1896, son of a high school music teacher. He attended school in Villisca until his father passed away and his mother moved to Des Moines. Charles would go to high school at Des Moines West.

  • Mud Fence Creations | Conni Delinger

    Many people believe that, if they make a claim on their insurance, the company will either cancel the policy or the rates will go up. My fear is that my agent will block my phone number and not take my calls! Prior to 10 years ago, I had never made a claim on any insurance except medical. That has changed, and the claims department is now practically on my speed dial.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    So, the wait is over and The Red Oak Express has a beneficiary of the proceeds of its annual Barb Gray Chili Cook-Off.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    How would this state’s fastest corn pickers, the ones sent to represent Iowa in the national finals, do against farmers of 80 years ago?

    The question arose during a weekend that was a dandy for anyone with an interest in local history. We watched the state husking competition at Indian Creek Museum on Saturday, made a stop on the art tour, then went to the old tractor show in Red Oak Sunday afternoon.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Did Frank “Hop” Kenworthy really use a baseball bat to make his own peg-leg? A reader of last month’s article about his grandson asked the question.

    I wasn’t there and don’t know, but the story is a good one.