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This week, we are marking the 95th annual observance of American Education Week.American Education Week is always celebrated the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving. American Education Week’s theme, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” highlights the importance of...
I threw a question out at the cast and crew of “The Trial of the Wicked Witch” last week.Basically, it came down to this, “Why the play?”And one of the actors told me it all comes down to “conditioning.” Say what?Here’s the full answer I got from Jeffrey Reicks, who played a dang good Prince...
We know most of you are glad the election is over because after about the zillionth political advertisement, we finally lost it.Our favorite reaction came when we overheard this gem: “I can’t wait to see a herbicide commercial again.”But the contemptuous election of 2016 reminded us of what a great...
There are weeks in this business that can’t end fast enough, and then there are weeks like the one I am just coming off.I’ve been in one of those “poor me” moods as of late, and even though most of the reasons I’ve been fighting the blues are self-induced, I needed last week. I mean I craved one of...
Friday is Veterans Day, and if history is any indication, there will be decent-but-not-overly-large crowd gathered at the Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. Friday for the annual observance of the holiday.Let’s buck history this year and turn out in full force for Friday’s ceremony,...
After what seems like years — OK, it has been years when it comes to the presidential race — Election 2016 will finally come to an end today when those of us who haven’t voted early will head to the polls.The sad fact, however, is that many of us won’t vote today.In 2012, for example, more than 42...
Our next compost pick up is Nov. 4 and compost and brush is Nov. 18. Remember not to rake leaves into the street.Congratulations to Courtney and Trent Lechtenberg on the birth of their child. Courtney is out of the office for a bit and it has been great to see other city employees chip in and help...
Yet another outside group has come to our locale to help you make up your mind as to who should be your state senator.Recently, I was informed that not only are Des Moines’s Jimmy Centers and his Priorities for Iowa, Inc. wanting us to elect an “independent” voice, but so are Kansans Charles Koch...
I am writing in support of Stacie Stokes for state representative. I have known Stacie for over 30 years.  She is a person of integrity. If Stacie says she will do something, she does it.  If she says she will contact you, she does.  I have worked with her on school improvement, and Stacie’s...
I urge voters in Senate District 26 to re-elect an outstanding public servant, Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm, one of the hardest working and most respected members of the Iowa Senate.Among the many reasons to re-elect Senator Wilhelm is the senator’s support for freezing state university tuition. ...

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