M.O.M.: My Opinionated Mouth by Leah Cauthron http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/ en-us Share the Road and Be Safe http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/54335 A 19 yr old SDSU Cross Country athlete was killed while training when a van crossed the center line and hit him. He was running on the shoulder of the roadway. There is a white cross on the South side of the road on West 4th Street signifying the place where a runner or a bicyclist lost his life due to a vehicle. I am a runner. I love the early morning run just before dawn. I try to wear light colored clothing and I never leave the house without my halogen headlight which I purchased in the... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:31:22 -0500 Family Vacation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/53937 What did I learn on our family vacation this year? Well our kids are older so they sleep more. Illinois, Indiana & Ohio look a LOT like Iowa. Pennsylvania does not. It is all mountains and forest. Beautiful. The Pro Football Hall of Fame was cool but really at $22/adults and $18/kids a bit ridiculous. With all the money that the NFL generates it should be free. Hotel pools are unnecessary but the breakfast is not. I found out that I'm a bit emotional about the history of our nation. Valley... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:01:10 -0500 Circle of Safety Check http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/52933 With all the ongoing construction going on especially in our area, West 4th St and the new West Byway...I thought this was timely. Construction crews leave their huge equipment at the site which is right next to residential areas and like it or not, believe it or not...small children often play in the area without much supervision. Click on the photo and realize that it can happen and is 100% preventable. Do a circle of safety check at home and at work. It could mean a child's life or even a... Wed, 01 May 2013 11:05:13 -0500 Take from the Soliders....again. http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/51995 My brother, SFC, Brent Juelfs posted this via a friend of his. This is a shame from a shameful Congress and President. http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/03/army-army-to-suspend-tuition-assistance-030813 "Why not, if budget cuts are made the U.S. Soldier should have more taken from him cause we just don't give up enough. Food Stamps, unemployment, welfare, the perks that Washington politicians get shouldn't be cut the American soldier benefits should be cut. DEA, ATF, FBI, CIA, Homeland... Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:26:55 -0600 Belgium http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/51243 My brother is a SFC, in the U.S. Army. He is currently stationed in Afghanistan. His family has lived in many, many places. He recently got news that his next move will be to Belgium. How exciting for them. I would like to go with them. I have lived in Missouri, Wyoming, California and back to Iowa again. I have often quashed the wanderlust in me because it was best for our family. I would like to experience lots of places while at the same time there lies a fear of the unknown. Maybe I will... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:38:52 -0600 Public School Curriculum and common sense http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/51181 Let me preface this blog with: I am not talking about Spencer Schools only. This is a state and federal issue. Algebra, Geometry, Consumer Finance, Industrial Arts (shop), Family & Consumer Science (home ec)...so many choices and those are only a few of them but which ones make the most sense for students? Let's start with middle school. I'm not sure when they decided that it would be a good idea for girls and boys to both take home ec and shop but I believe it is a good idea. I think... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:08:35 -0600 Sick Policy http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/50592 As a registered childcare provider, I have a sick policy. Children cannot come to my childcare if they have vomited, had diarrhea, or a fever in the past 24 hours. This is to protect not only the other children in my care but my own family as well. If a child exhibits those symptoms while in my care and I know it is due to illness and not other childhood issues such as teething, common cold or medication than the parents are required to pick up their child and take them home. This requires them... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:55:31 -0600 Who should pay? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/50451 Someone posted this question on Facebook and I was just wondering what others thought about it. If your child's glasses are broken on the playground or in PE or other class during incidental contact with another child...non-combative or non-competitive, should the other child's parent be partially responsible for repairs or replacement? The same could be asked of clothing, shoes, equipment etc. What do you think? Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:36:19 -0600 Votes not counted. http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/50209 I just spoke to my brother who is currently serving a tour in Afghanistan. He requested with plenty of time allowed, his absentee ballot from the State of Kansas where he resides when not deployed. Election day rolled around and he has not recieved his ballot. He has served 3 tours of duty in Iraq and now in Afghanistan. He fights for the right that we are guaranteed to exercise today and yet he was denied that very same right. Who in Kansas, screwed this up? What are the repurcussions? How... Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:53:33 -0600 From Afghanistan about PTSD http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/49756 Just wanted to share a letter from my brother, SFC Brent Juelfs stationed in Afghanistan. This letter speaks to the trauma of PTSD. Hello from the Stan, 1 October 2012 Well it's been about a month and a half now and I'm getting used to being here already. I pretty much know most of the base now and where everything and everyone is located that I need to do business with. I've got a total of five soldiers I'm in charge of here. Two are mechanics and three are supply. Two are on their second... Wed, 03 Oct 2012 08:32:22 -0500 What part of STOP do you not understand? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/49661 I use 4th St. W near the new bypass everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. I am a wife of 22 years, mom to 6 and grandma to 3. I am daycare mom to 8. They all depend on me in one way or another. The couple down the street have 2 kids in college. One is a soldier. She is a faith filled church secretary and he is a community handyman who always has time for everyone. Another family to the West of us have 2 kids in college. He is a business owner and she a bookkeeper. People love them and... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:22:33 -0500 Helping Heroes Kids http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/49480 On Saturday I am running in the Mudfactor run in Gretna, NE. It's a 5K obstacle mud run. A friend of mine asked me why I would want to participate in a mudrun. At first it was a personal challenge and then it was because Cassie McCreary peer pressured me and now its because of the organization that the run benefits. The proceeds from this event go to an organization called Helping Heroes Kids. From their website:www.helpingheroeskids.org "HHK is dedicated to helping the children of our... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:30:54 -0500 Too Hot for School? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/49228 I think when my kids get home EARLY from school today, I'll have them mow the lawn. They'll be outside anyway. That's the first place they go when there's an early out for heat. And really it doesn't affect me much either way since my job is at home but for parents that work, it must be a huge inconvenience. My generation and most likely those before me, never got out early because it was too hot. We usually did afternoon classes outside in the breeze and we turned on fans and drank lots of... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:23:08 -0500 Liberals/Conservatives http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/49183 We apply labels to ourselves and others apply labels to us as well. I label myself a conservative and I am a Catholic. I am also a gymrat and a runner. However, I am not always those things 100% all the time. There are attributes of all those that I am and others I question. Some of my extended family is Conservative and some are Liberal. My Aunt once said to me, "I'm a Democrat because my daddy was a Democrat." I respectfully said to her that the Democrats of Grandpa's time are not the... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:01:54 -0500 Another deployment http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/49041 We planned a small family vacation to surprise my baby brother for his 40th birthday. We had not yet been down to see him in Kansas since he had transferred there from Ft. Hood, Tx. Except for 2 years, he has been in the Army since he graduated from high school. He has done at least 2 deployments, maybe 3 to Iraq. Just days before we were to go to Kansas and after he had received news that he was being promoted, he was told that he would be deploying yet again but this time to Afghanistan. Our... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:45:42 -0500 Food http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/48165 We love breakfast at our house. We were two teenagers short this past Sunday so drove to the Lakes to try the breakfast buffet at one of our favorite steak joints, Table 316. They should stick to what they do best, lunch & dinner. I have never had a bad prime rib, steak or chicken there but the breakfast buffet was bad, pretty bad. Sorry guys. Tried the new Italian place, Napoli's in Spencer last night. I had the Pasta Sampler and Randy had Chicken Parmesan. Both came with a small side... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:00:36 -0500 Do trailer park owners have to abide by the same ordinances? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/47645 I understand the necessity of community ordinances that encourage residents to keep their property neat and tidy so I will keep my grass under 8 inches and I will offer to mow the yard of the vacant house next door. I will even cut my trees to the proper height. But I wish someone from the city would make our community trailer park owners clean up their properties too. If they are in city limits then they should have to keep it cleaned up. I don't know what law governs trailer park owners but... Wed, 09 May 2012 09:54:09 -0500 Okoboji, a family destination?! http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/47421 There's a strip club down the street from the middle school. There's a "Gentleman's Club" (which no true gentleman would be caught dead in) on the main highway as you drive into Okoboji. And now, someone named "Joe" is advertising for help for a new business called Fantasy Cleaning where scantily clad women will clean your boat, car etc for money. Really, is Okoboji and the Iowa Great Lakes really a family destination? If that is the advertising mantra, I'd claim false advertising. Clean it up... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:10:16 -0500 I love you...really? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/46337 http://www.newteacherhelp.com/-I_Love_You_.html Can't take credit for the following but loved...liked it a lot. With teenagers around the house I have often wondered how to voice this when I know that they believe their feelings are real in the moment. In the "Good Ol' Days", the greatest thing you could say to someone was "I love you". When in middle school and high school, it was an elusive phrase. Typically, a boy and girl would have to "go out" for several months...then one day one... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:56:12 -0600 The truth about fast food http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/myopinionatedmouth/entry/46131 http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/mcdonald-confirms-no-longer-using-pink-slime-chemicals-171209662.html This is just one of many disgusting things about fast food. Let's not forget about the high sugar, fat and sodium contents of these toxins...not food...toxins. You have been warned. You have been made aware. If you decide to eat them now, don't get all sue happy and go hire some attorney to represent you because you think you got cancer from fast food or because fast food made you... Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:15:54 -0600