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Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016
Coincidence or Bad Idea?
Posted Tuesday, July 5, at 10:13 AM
I know what I think. And those who know me know what I think. But I'm curious as to what you think about former President Bill Clinton's on-board plane meeting Attorney Loretta Lynch. Was it just casual conversation as was suggested? Was it something more? Do you have a problem with it or are you okay with it? I will sit back and listen...

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Posted Thursday, May 5, at 9:20 AM

When there were 17 in the GOP field of presidential candidates, they said he had no chance. Every time he opened his mouth and the media played sound-bite after sound-bite, determined to sour the voting public on him, they said this is the end for him. ...

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Wonder how 'affluency' plays in Mexico
Posted Tuesday, December 29, at 11:54 AM

Remember Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who entered a guilty plea after killing four people in a drunk driving accident to 2013, only to receive probation when his attorney argued "affluenza" as a defense. What is affluenza you ask - why it's a social condition which makes him lose his sense of consequences of actions because he was coddled by affluent parents from a young age. ...

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Keeping the holiday budget in perspective
Posted Wednesday, December 2, at 8:55 AM

Just looking at the results of a recent WalletHub poll which determined the cities with the highest and lowest holiday budgets in the U.S. 563 largest cities, 7 of the top 10 spending city residents reside in Texas. While Palo Alto, California sits on top with $2,886 in personal dollars budgeted for the holidays...

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Cracking down of sex crimes
Posted Tuesday, November 24, at 12:00 PM

We keep talking about the need to keep our streets safe for our children, yet time and time again, I read stories -- not from national papers, but papers right here in Iowa -- regarding sex offenders re-offending against children or teens. Had they been locked up, the risk of re-offense would have been non-existent. ...

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Let your voice be heard
Posted Tuesday, November 17, at 10:24 AM

Always great discussion at Coffee with the Editor Tuesday mornings beginning at 7 a.m. at the Spencer Dream Center. Of course today, one of the hot topics - actually the main topic - was the attack in Paris by ISIS last Friday. We all recognize that the horrific tragedy that it was, but the question I posed is what do we do about it now? And how long before we see a similar such event on American soil or some other place around the globe. ...

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Quick Movie Review - MAX
Posted Wednesday, July 8, at 10:51 AM

If you haven't seen Max in theaters yet, you're running out of time to share what is a rare family-friendly film with a message of love as well as dedication and patriotism. The story involves a military bomb and arms sniffing dog who loses his handler to an enemy attack in Afghanistan. ...

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Be part of the process
Posted Tuesday, June 30, at 1:16 PM

While GOP presidential hopefuls have been making appearances at various locations around the state -- a vast majority of which are in Des Moines or east -- Spencer will get its first visitors this week when South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham and Louisiana Gov. ...

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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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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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