Important and controversial “stuff” is happening and I’m asking myself, “What should I think about this?” Distinguish that question from “What DO I think about this?” I’m trying to move from a quick emotional reaction to an objectively reasoned op
As usual, I read Steve Bakke’s piece and find both things with which to agree and disagree. For the sake of brevity, I will address both—but one in more detail than the other.
Many years ago, my great uncle purchased a grocery store in Hopkins, Missouri from a previous owner.
Americans disagree with one another on all kinds of issues. We need to accept and tolerate those differences, because we are far stronger when we seek to reconcile them rather than ignore or exacerbate them.
LMCS is graduating another group of seniors this weekend, with thousands more across the country graduating in the next several weeks, and once again, those graduates will be greeted by a challenging world.
Resolving the conflicts dividing our country will require a devotion to facts, dialogue and compromise

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We are not clones. If we understand that basic principle, we are over halfway there. I am kind of playing off of the column to the right, by Lee Hamilton, only relating it more to regular people, like us, just trying to navigate life as best we can. We all have differences. We attend different...
Good neighbors Dear Editor, Back in the days when I was growing up, it seemed like all the neighbors helped each other out, simply out of the kindness of their heart and it was the Christian thing to do. Over time, it seems like everyone expects to be paid for any little thing, and the act of...
The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17, but it won’t happen anytime soon.That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially on the budget and taxes. It’s bad news for Iowans...
Tax Reform and Budget: We are at a cross roads coming to an agreement with the Iowa Senate on tax reform and the budget. The House does not agree with the Senate’s tax reform and the budget they have decided on and vice versa. In this case, if we do not come to a decision by the end of this week...
by Anna Johnson Center for Rural Affairs A major wave of consolidation that kicked off in 2016 continues to move forward with the U.S. Department of Justice allowing chemical producer Bayer to acquire the U.S. based seed company Monsanto, reported last week. “As giant transnational corporations...
A birthday party is a fun way to recognize important milestones in a child’s life. Family and friends are invited to join in the fun, and everyone enjoys a day of celebration. Behind the scenes, however, this can be a stressful experience for parents. Organizing and throwing a party can be an...
Many parents across America are trying to live the dream through their sons and daughters. It’s a popular dream: Land a college athletic scholarship by prioritizing traveling sports teams or specializing in a single sport year-round. Unfortunately, most of these dreams are never realized. The odds...
As I write this we just survived perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season, and are bracing for another round later this week. It is not an April Fools joke, although it is indeed the month of April. Other nearby areas got hit much worse than us this past weekend, as many areas of Minnesota and...
 For me it started with Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech in 1963 when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” I’m white—“Norwegianly” Caucasian, you might say. Nevertheless, I’m presuming to comment about...
For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill to their work that comes only with familiarity...

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