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Join us for coffee and conversation
Posted Friday, September 26, at 9:05 AM
Wanted to take some time to reach out to those of you in the Spencer area and invite you to join me and a group of good people for Coffee with the Editor each week. We meet Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. in the dining room at the Spencer Dream Center. The Daily Reporter supplies the coffee and together we create the conversation. ...

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Life changes
Posted Thursday, August 14, at 9:19 AM

Another summer is quickly wrapping up. It seems the older I get, the faster these seasons move past -- with the exception of winter, that seems to drag on forever. In our family, it marks a huge transition as our third child of six has moved on, leaving the nest to find his way under the watchful eye of his new "daddy," a U.S. ...

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New youth fad - setting yourself on fire
Posted Monday, August 4, at 10:39 AM

I don't get it. Last week I visited with a local family with a beautiful young 11-year-old girl who took the Salt and Ice Challenge on the dare of a friend - not knowing what was going to happen - and suffered second degree burns as a result. Apparently that was a "game" that began among young people a couple of year's ago. ...

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A quick review of 'Lucy'
Posted Friday, July 25, at 9:58 AM

Okay, I don't usually blog movie reviews, but after attending Thursday night's preview showing of Scarlett Johansson's newest sci-fi thriller, I thought it my civic duty to warn you about this one. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say this movie is just so far over the top to be enjoyable. ...

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Great stories to tell
Posted Thursday, July 17, at 10:36 AM

In this business, there are weeks when, based on the activities scheduled in the community, you have a pretty good idea about the direction your stories will take. And some of those weeks, people walk through the door and throw you a curve ball. This was one of those weeks. ...

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Always interesting
Posted Tuesday, July 15, at 11:04 AM

I'm not quite sure how long we've been conducting our Coffee with the Editor sessions on Tuesday mornings at the Spencer Dream Center. Some of my regulars are suggesting our one year anniversary has either recently passed or is soon approaching. Who's keeping track really? It's been great. ...

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Thoughts on Super Bowl commercials
Posted Tuesday, February 5, at 9:14 AM

I know what I thought about the all-important Super Bowl commercials. The three really amazing commercials weren't funny, but instead featured a tribute to farmers, those serving this country and a relationship between a trainer and his Clydesdale. There were some laughs. Doritos got it done twice with a chip hungry goat and men dressed as princesses. Dejon Sanders was great. The old folks sneaking out of the home for a night of partying on the town. There were some good laughs...

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Gun Control
Posted Wednesday, January 16, at 9:54 AM

Since the shooting tragedy which claimed the life of children and adults alike at Sandy Hook Elementary school, both sides of the gun control and 2nd Amendment issues have been turning up the rhetoric. President Obama has suggested there must be some changes he can make using his Presidential power...

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Saturday night's King/Vilsack Debate
Posted Friday, September 7, at 9:39 AM

I want to take a few moments to courage anyone in the general area of the Clay County Fair to turn out for the debate between Rep. Steve King and Christie Vilsack Saturday evening at the Clay County Regional Events Center. The debate is due to start at 5:30 p.m. ...

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Armstrong stripped of titles, do we care?
Posted Friday, August 24, at 9:02 AM

So Lance Armstrong has given up his fight against the powers that be in the cycling world. They claim he has doped based on various testimony to the fact. He has passed 500 different tests to detect doping as administered by the governing body. Armstrong Thursday chose to walk away from the fight and leave the distractions behind him in order to focus on his foundation work. ...

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Facebook abuse
Posted Monday, August 20, at 3:30 PM

Why is it that people have to play out their entire life on Facebook? It's great for re-connecting with old friends and sharing fun personal moments, but much like my problem with Twitter, I don't know why people believe the world wishes to be made aware of everything they're doing. ...

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Is Phelps the greatest Olympian?
Posted Wednesday, August 1, at 3:23 PM

Tuesday, Michael Phelps tied and surpassed the mark for most Olympic medals by a single athlete. As of Tuesday night he was at 19 and counting with opportunities to add to the total as the London games press on. Phelps is being declared the greatest Olympic athlete ever. You can't argue that he's the most decorated, especially with 15 of the 19 medals made of shiny gold, but is he the greatest? What do you think?...

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Mother issues
Posted Wednesday, July 25, at 11:23 AM

Just watched an AP video on our website, www.spencerdailyreporter.com, which shows a mother, stopped by Wal-Mart security for allegedly shoplifting, take off and leave her one-year-old child in the cart - choosing to escape the scene and leave her baby behind. Common decency prevents me from sharing my true thoughts on this "woman" who abandons her child to save her own skin. Fortunately she was picked up the next day. Any thoughts on this behavior?...

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Tragedy begs the question why?
Posted Friday, July 20, at 3:27 PM

I'm not going to call the Colorado shooter crazy. That plays right into his defense strategy. And besides, anybody who would plan a midnight shooting massacre at a family movie theater obviously isn't right. But don't be fooled, he knew very well what he was doing and had taken time to plan it out. ...

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Are you ready for the Dark Knight?
Posted Wednesday, July 18, at 9:34 AM

Well one of the most hyped movies of the past couple of years opens locally on Friday. First thing Friday. At 12:01 a.m. to be precise when the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises - the final Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale take on the Batman legend - quenches the fans anticipation. ...

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The Grammys: Adele vs Minaj
Posted Monday, February 13, at 11:10 AM

Adele and Nicki Minaj proved once again Sunday night that ability can prevail against showmanship. Coming off surgery to her vocal cords, Adele received a standing ovation following her simple on-stage performance, demonstrating her amazing vocal talent in the wake of her medical procedure...

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Occupy Golf
Posted Tuesday, February 7, at 2:10 PM

*This was sent to me by a friend, thought I would share it. Can't claim it as my original thought, but whoever came up with it, thank you! I am a member of golf's lower 99%. I am an indifferent golfer, and there's no way I could ever make it to the professional level. Never put in the practice time to be the best. Never had the shots, skills, or mental toughness to make it in the sport. I just never felt like working all that hard at it...

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Seals strike again
Posted Thursday, January 26, at 9:00 AM

Gotta love the Navy Seals. These guys are some bad mamma-jammas. The same unit that took out Bin Laden were reportedly called into action this week to rescue a group of kidnap victims being held by a collective on nine Somalis. They parachuted in, took over the encampment, rescued the hostages - including a very ill American - and ended any future kidnappings at the hands of these bad guys in a very permanent fashion. ...

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What's up with yoga pants
Posted Thursday, January 12, at 3:26 PM

Okay, what the heck is all the noise regarding the elimination of yoga pants from the acceptable attire at Spencer High School? It's been the hot topic of Facebook from current Spencer students and even some alum are getting involved. One former wrestler's solution is to protest the "unfair" exclusion of the form fitting pants by returning for a visit and wearing his singlet and strolling up and down the halls. ...

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Doers and doubters
Posted Tuesday, September 27, at 2:16 PM

Just a thought. I've noticed lately, quite a bit lately actually, there are a lot of people who like to critique the works of others. I'm guilty of it myself. But I would challenge those of you who are chronic complainers - especially those who really "man up" and do their complaining and criticizing beneath the blanket of anonymity the Internet offers - to get involved rather than just take shots at those who do. ...

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By Randy M. Cauthron
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Randy Cauthron is the managing editor of the Daily Reporter. He has been with the paper since 2003 and has worked in the newspaper business since 1993. Randy enjoys entertainment and sports. He has wife, Leah and six children living in Spencer. Randy enjoys sharing his opinion on everything from entertainment, pop culture, politics and sports.
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