• The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    I was on Interstate 80 westbound, near the Casey’s exit, and a black Chevy pickup pulled alongside. His cruise was set only a mile or two faster than mine, allowing time for a long look at cargo I couldn’t stop looking at – a multi-colored Rock-Ola Magic-Glo.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    Red Oak Community School District voters did a wise thing last week when they approved the bond issue to build a new middle school and make improvements at other facilities, which reduces the overall building footprint. Reducing ongoing maintenance and operating costs is almost always a winner, and they almost always end up costing more in the long run. More than that, however, voters indicated their willingness to invest in something positive in their community, particularly if it is well-explained and they had a chance to participate.


  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts.

    My first questions for Jean Hamilton, the 95-year-old granny who promotes hot sauce with commercials in which she boasts of eating “that (bleep) on everything,” were these: Does she really use the stuff? If so, when did she start?

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    The unfortunate part of the health care debate is no one listens to one another. Every talking head, columnist, political hack, Joe Blow or Jane Doe interviewed seems to have an agenda – financial or political. So, we are treated to displays of pride, prejudice, hypocrisy and defensiveness.

    For a moment, let’s consider what health care is, what it isn’t, and what we want it to be. From what I hear, most Americans want health care to be affordable, less complicated, available, portable, and personal.

  • So, Sen. Grassley, what is going to replace Obamacare?

    When I’m due to write a column, I often have trouble deciding which policy or event to respond to, especially since November’s election. But the obvious answer after I opened last week’s paper was health care.

    Thank you for that, Sen. Charles Grassley.

    Sen. Grassley’s May 15 address in the Senate conveniently leaves out the crucial detail of what replaces Obamacare.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Those who haven’t read the above words on the label of a nationally known food brand, or seen the billboards or magazine ads or televised commercials, may want to skip this and go to another column.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     Fram launched a successful advertising campaign in 1972 regarding oil filters. The catch phrase was “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” The insinuation was that it would be less expensive to change your filter regularly than to have the entire motor overhauled later.

    While it isn’t a perfect correlation to the Red Oak Community School District’s request that we citizens approve a $19.995 million bond issue next Tuesday, it’s close.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    The little tree frog, perhaps an inch long, was an amusing acrobat. We met when an early spring frost warning brought a few plants inside and he rolled us out with a hair-raising 3 a.m. wake-up call. He went back out with a palm tree he seemed to call home, and we saw him often. 

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    Cancer killed my dad’s dad.

    Cancer killed my dad’s mom.

    Cancer killed my wife’s grandmother, uncle and dad.

    This story is not unique to my family. It is repeated throughout families around the world. Cancer is a scourge that nearly all of us share. It’s an indiscriminant attacker, going after the young, the middle-aged, the old, the seemingly healthy, and those who were exposed to materials that led to their condition.

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    As I engage in political discussions in various forums, accusations of laziness often come up in relation to poverty. Those of us in financially stable positions take the action (or inaction) of others less financially anchored as laziness. But as I regularly caution, we also usually don’t know the full story, and everybody has a story.