Today's Opinions

  • What's Going On: Why the biggest pet lover really doesn’t love their pet like family

     A friend emailed me last week a link to a story about a three-legged dog that was dying from cancer. 

    The dog had undergone a previous amputation in an effort to contain the cancer and that seemingly worked for about two years until the cancer returned.

    This time, the cancer came back stronger and more aggressive and the terminal diagnosis quickly followed for the beloved Labrador Retriever. 

  • The Time Capsule: Tracing Kool-Aid back to its Iowa roots

     I called Smucker’s the other day, which reminded me of the time I did likewise with another mega-company; Kraft Foods. The Kraft experience was a good one, and I don’t think it’s been told here.  

  • What's Going On: The General moving into the neighborhood

     A Ryder truck had never created so much excitement than it did in the summer of 1985. 

    I remember two things about that summer: the St. Louis Cardinals fielded one of the most exciting baseball teams I have ever watched, and the day that moving truck arrived on my street. 

  • The Time Capsule: Viking Lake - what could be grander?

     A few days ago my wife and I drove through Viking Lake State Park. It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon, I didn’t see an empty campsite, and I wondered what Oscar Hultman, P.O. Swanson, and Alf Kirkeberg would have said had they been along.  

    Hultman, without whom the place wouldn’t be, promised for years that if built it would draw a crowd. I doubt, though, he could have imagined that on a typical summer weekend there are enough visitors to make it the third largest city in the county. On a really busy weekend it might rank second.  

  • Miner Queries: Border crisis: Could we get Republicans to govern?

     On a plate at the base of the Statue of Liberty, one of our most beloved national symbols, is Emma Lazarus’ famous poem, “The New Colussus.” It concludes with the following words.

    “Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

  • The Time Capsule: Changes in the food cooking game

     Last week to the left of this column was a thoughtful piece on sin, the Bible, tolerance and same-sex marriage. Below was one that focused, as it has in the past, on corrupt and greedy conservative politicians. (I’m sure we can expect one in the near future on the broken promises, deceit, scandals, cover-ups, fraud, waste, cronyism, over-spending, foreign relation disasters, disregard for the Constitution and bad manners demonstrated by the liberals currently in control.)  

  • What's Going On: Sanctity of marriage standards should apply to everyone

     I don’t like hypocrites. 

    And every time the homosexual marriage issue is debated in a religious context, I’m reminded how many hypocrites shroud themselves in scripture of their choosing. 

  • The Time Capsule: Iowa potato chips are an acquired taste

     It costs about $48 to send a single bag of Sterzing’s to France, the lady who does the shipping told me. The size I buy is 10.5 ounces, and my calculator tells me this bag to Paris would come to about $78 a pound.  That’s less than truffles, but seven times as much as live lobster. Some people are willing to pay it, and I understand.