Thursday, January 17, 2019

One would have thought Indian Hills, which is still under close scrutiny for the games it has played regarding the departure of two baseball coaches last year and the explosive allegations by former players, would have made sure there was no doubt about whether it was following open meetings and records laws.

Friday, January 11, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thursday, January 03, 2019

WASHINGTON — If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The sign is the election by Democrats in the House of Representatives of Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In Nove…

Like previous government shutdowns, the current one — which enters its 13th day on Thursday — has had less impact than you might expect. About two-thirds of government spending is for benefits such as Medicare and Social Security, which are unaffected by shutdowns. Also unaffected are the jo…

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Iowa Public Information Board’s decision to press the pause button on a move to dismiss complaints about Indian Hills’ handling of its baseball scandal is an encouraging step for the oft-maligned body.

In a July 21, 2017 memo, the secretary of defense, James Mattis, made promising comments about his ambitions to end wasteful spending at the Pentagon. He wrote that he expected “leaders at all levels in the department to exercise the utmost degree of stewardship over every penny” spent and t…

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Christmas is just around the corner and families will be gathering around the Christmas tree and the dinner table as part of the holiday festivities. While we may not be able to predict whether grandma will get run over by a reindeer, we can all but guarantee that you will avoid food born il…

Wrestling with a lock that leads to my newsroom is an everyday reminder of five Maryland newspaper staffers killed in June. The hassle opens the door to broader thoughts about challenges that our papers and other media outlets face.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

All journalists enjoy getting recognition for their work. But by nature and tradition, they'd much rather tell the story than be the story.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

I've been told I sometimes take things too personally, and that's probably true. At the same time, working in the news business has molded my temperament over the years.

Although it has been known by a number of different names through the years, Indian Hills Community College continues to offer an academic program that provides students with the fundamentals to prepare them for jobs in a variety of food service areas.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

DENVER — Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot be unwoven. Be that as it may, 300 days of…

Friday, November 23, 2018

WASHINGTON — Never one to use a scalpel when there is a machete at hand, the president denounced the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a dunderheaded move but a reason for giving thanks today because it elicited from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., 2018’s most exquisitely mixed metaph…

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The statements from U.S. senators on plans for reformation of the nation’s prison sentencing laws are encouraging. It’s an overdue step that seems, at long last, to have bipartisan support.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

I’ve spent a dozen years trying to forget about an incident that occurred a block from the Daily Iowegian office, but it is brought back every time President Donald Trump calls the press an enemy of the people, exhorts his cult followers against journalists covering his rallies, downplays th…

We have all heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers kick off the holiday shopping season with sales and special hours. And Cyber Monday, with its online shopping focus, is becoming increasingly well-known.

Friday, November 02, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018

The several-day drive to Mesa for the winter seemed to take forever, which got me to thinking of how my younger self had much greater fortitude. It was in 1973 after being discharged from the Army that I set off for California with my hitchhiking route taking me further into Mexico, across T…

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I still dream about work, even though I’ve been retired for a year. And like those youthful dreams of showing up for class and finding there was a test I hadn’t studied for, now I dream of a lost notebook when I sit down to write a story or having my film cassette pop open to ruin my photos …

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

The days are getting shorter, temperatures are cooler, the leaves on the trees are changing color, and Pumpkin Spice is everywhere! Fall is a beautiful time of the year but with it comes the beginning of the flu season.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Your vote on Nov. 6 gives the power to a select few that then make decisions for all. Before you give that power to someone, there are a few more facts I receive found out about that I thought everyone should know.

It is easy to take emergency services for granted. We never think something bad will happen to us. It is human nature. But when the unthinkable does happen and we call 911, we expect that an ambulance, a firetruck, or a police car will show up to help us or our loved one. Most of us do not t…

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018

The last stretch of Interstate 17 returning to Mesa from Iowa had me thinking about some differences between the two states. Every ravine and ditch doesn’t have a name in Iowa, unlike Arizona, and they aren’t ever called draws, basins, gulches or washes. Iowa doesn’t have canyons either; not…

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

As kids head back to school this fall, they’re not the only ones feeling a renewed sense of vigor and motivation. For many of us, September is synonymous with the fresh start of a new school year and the satisfaction that comes from busy, productive days and learning new things.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Students in the Construction Technology program at Indian Hills Community College recently put the finishing touches on their latest project, a house on Washington Street in Centerville the college built in a partnership with the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund. It’s the fifth ho…

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Friday, August 17, 2018
Thursday, August 09, 2018

When voters choose someone to represent them in Congress, they expect that the person who has won their support will honor that trust by taking the job very seriously.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Bing-g-g, bing-g-g, bing-g-g. A young sailor in a cold sweat tightly grips the control panel while the jarring sound of his radar grows louder and louder. Flashing green emanations from the radar screen reveal a growing panic on an otherwise pallid face. Finally both the maddening din and su…

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

As "the weather guy" at the paper who is also a trained storm spotter, I try to keep an eye on the weather. Whether it's here or elsewhere in the region.

Yikes. We now know why President Trump has begun a trade war – because he couldn’t start a real one with Venezuela. Before the Trump minions out there begin the chant of fake news, the story was even covered by the White House public relations organ, Fox News. It reported that according to a…

Thursday, July 19, 2018

While it feels like summer break has just begun, the reality is that the first day of school is right around the corner. There is always a lot to be done to get kids ready for their first day back. As you are checking off the items on your school supply list, don’t forget to add these import…

As the grandson of a slave and the son of a coal miner, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to sing for six U.S. presidents and world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. My uniquely-American story took me from Centreville, Iowa to the world’s greatest opera hou…

Thursday, July 12, 2018

President Trump participates in his second NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, but as is so often the case, his tweets have preceded him. On Tuesday, he took to Twitter to complain: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!"

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