Today's Opinions

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     I have an interesting circle of friends with whom a debate always winds up in laughs. It’s great when people can get together to discuss some of the more pressing matters of the day, and walk away from it knowing whether there were disagreements or agreements, that close friendship status was and is never endangered.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     Snow and cold and the long wait for spring brings to mind an apple tree – a tree that was 20 years old and about 10 inches tall. Nicely shaped, if the tree had been of normal size it would have fit nicely in an orchard. On it was a single, full-size, ripe red apple. The fruit was resting on a stand built by the owner, who feared the tiny branch would break from the weight. 

  • Guest | Editorial

    By Harold Pease, Ph. D

    Just three weeks ago, Dec. 28, President Barack Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas. He used the 1906 Antiquities Act to set aside 1.35 million acres surrounding San Juan County’s Cedar Mesa in Utah and 300,000 acres in southern Nevada. Never mind that the Bears Ears designation was opposed by every elected official in Utah.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    While the news elites try to make us think we should be most concerned about what Donald Trump tweets, Americans are impacted by more-concerning things.

    Last week, buried in the piles of news about whether the Russians hacked the political parties and tried to influence our elections – they did, and they have for years, respectively, just as we have theirs – a bedrock retailer announced it was closing more stores.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Adam Sackowitz was a second grader at Bowling Green Elementary in Westbury, N.Y., when Senator John Glenn became the oldest man to fly in space and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and the Space Shuttle Program. 

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    Congress returned to Washington last week to prepare for one-party rule under President-elect Trump. So what was the GOP’s first order of business? As the Washington Post reported on Monday evening, Jan. 2, House Republicans met in secret to vote to end an independent congressional ethics office. 

  • Guest Editorial: Paul Pate

    The people of Iowa once again showed they are among the most civically-minded in the nation, thanks to their turnout in the 2016 general election. More than 1.58 million Iowans made their voice heard. Iowa’s 72 percent turnout ranks among the top five states in the country for voter participation.
    Increasing voter participation is one of the primary goals of my administration, and while a top five finish is very good, I want Iowa to be number one.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall


    Maj. Ross’ Complete
    Casualty List Shows
    a Total of 223
    for the Company Alone.
    14 Were
    Killed in One Day.

    The above headline appeared in The Red Oak Sun 98 years ago. It caught my eye, in part, because a standard military company is generally considered to consist of 100 troops.