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Today's Opinions

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    In mid-January we heard a TV weather-wizard say Iowa was in the middle of the “blizzard belt.” This was first I knew there was a blizzard belt and was coincidental as a couple of hours earlier I’d checked for historic events that happened on the same day and found several, including a seriously bad blizzard.

  • Mud Fence Creations | Connie Delinger

    I think most people have a favorite number, or a “lucky” number. It may be the number of kids they have, the number on their sports jersey in high school, or their birthdate (a friend of mine was born on lucky 7-11).

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    For Christmas, my brother-in-law gave his wife a ring. I haven’t seen it, but hear it’s platinum with the centerpiece a heart-shaped ruby flanked by little diamonds. On the band is engraved the date of their marriage. The gift wasn’t in a stocking hanging from the mantle. No, he took her on a tour of Europe and made a champagne presentation on Christmas Eve while in a suite overlooking the Arch de Triomphe.

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

    My reaction to the title of a Heritage Documentary about corn husking, which I’ve borrowed for the headline of this article, is that it was chosen to attract viewers rather than depict reality. The title implies that farmers were heroes once, which might be a bit of a stretch, but if they were then why not now? As an adjective the word seems misplaced. If “hero” is used as a metaphor it doesn’t work either, and the documentary is about contests, not farming in general.

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    We often think of history as being a rather abstract thing, condemned to the past, with life being too busy to give it much thought. But history is a real and living thing that has a way of sneaking up on you if you are not watching. It can be surprising how many times we find ourselves reliving it.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall
  • Mud Fence Creations | Conni Delinger

    I love getting replies from readers about my columns. Some evoke laughter, some a shake of the head, and others just a warm and fuzzy “Ahhh…”

    Last week’s column about unusual names of towns across America generated more than the normal feedback, which I love! Betty Fay, a dear friend from Lenox, reminded me I had not included Hooker, Oklahoma, and Ms. Rita Godfrey, of Henderson, sent me a poem she had written about towns with strange names. Makes one ponder…

    “Are There Gnostics in Knob Knoster? A Nonsense Rhyme”