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Today's Opinions

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    This headline from a couple of weeks ago gave me pause: “Colorado girl sues Jeff Sessions to legalize medical marijuana nationwide.”

    Most people certainly want to know why this girl wants pot legalized. It turns out that she suffers from seizures, and a marijuana treatment prevents them. She’s from Texas, where marijuana possession is illegal, so she moved – with her parents – to Colorado, where the 12-year-old can get the treatment.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall
  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    When I was a young man, I never understood why people seemed to cling to the terrible things that happened in their lives. There were things they could not get past, things that lingered in their psyche that affected their personal interaction with others. They let these past events dominate them.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Last week’s column included reference to a six-on-six basketball game, reminding me of one I’ve been meaning to do about a small-town team that started five sophomores and outperformed all but one of the 700 teams that started the season.

    Emerson didn’t have a tall player on the squad. What they had was a 5-6 scoring machine named Vivian Fleming.

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    It might not pay the bills.

    Then again it might.

    Your Montgomery County History Center does not receive much, if any, public money. It runs on donations, grants, and membership dues.

    Grants are important, but they are interesting creatures in that they have demands and conditions, and often have to be matched by other funds.

    Memberships are important to the history center in many ways. It shows interest and gets people involved. In short, it marks success. The money helps, too, and history is not much fun unless others are enjoying it.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Missouri high school football made national news a couple of weeks ago when Greenfield took the field against Hughsville. Eighty points were scored in the first quarter, all by Greenfield. The final was 102-0.

    There have been bigger blowouts in Missouri, but whether high-scoring or low-, western Iowa can top them all.

    In an 11-man game played in 1931, Clarinda toasted Sidney 159-0.

  • 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.