A Little to the Right by By Randy M. Cauthron http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/ en-us Getting to the heart of school violence http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/70908 Like many of you I send my kids off to school each morning under the assumption that they are going to walk through the doors, seek out their friends, engage with their peers, attend their classes, perhaps learn a thing or two and return home safe and perhaps sporting a bit more wisdom than they had a few hours earlier when I dropped them at the door. So I, once again like many of you, sat with an aching heart as details from this week's latest deadly school shooting tragedy in Florida... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:35:42 -0600 It's been a while http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/68088 It's been a while since last I blogged, so I'm going to try and be a little more regular with these brief musings. As we close in on the change of administration Friday, I would encourage those anti-Trump folks to withhold judgement until he's had an opportunity to demonstrate what is administration is going to do moving forward. Like many of the Trump detractors, I understand your disappointment. It was the same way I felt eight years ago. Don't misunderstand, I understood the... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:52:05 -0600 Coincidence or Bad Idea? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/66439 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. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:13:07 -0500 TRUMPED http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/65913 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. When Ted Cruz captured the first in the nation Iowa caucus, the pundits said he's done. When he started winning, the experts claimed it would never last. As he continued to amass delegates, they said he would never get enough. After he claimed... Thu, 05 May 2016 09:20:12 -0500 Wonder how 'affluency' plays in Mexico http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/64699 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. Because of his juvenile status and because the court system bought into his crock of a defense, instead of receiving a... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:54:08 -0600 Keeping the holiday budget in perspective http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/64449 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. Flower Mound, Frisco and Sugar Land -- all in Texas own the 2, 3 and 4 spots. Allen, Pearland, The Woodlands and League City -- also in Texas -- round out the 7, 8, 9 and 10 spots.... Wed, 02 Dec 2015 08:55:19 -0600 Cracking down of sex crimes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/64380 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. You see, sexual predators don't have access to children or teens -- often their targets -- when they are confined in a prison or institution. Unfortunately we seem more worried... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:00:28 -0600 Let your voice be heard http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/64307 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. Associated with the topic was a lively conversation... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:24:31 -0600 Quick Movie Review - MAX http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/62957 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. The dog, impacted by the trauma and loss of his handler, is returned to the United States suffering from PTSD. He is no longer functional as a search dog and can't be handled by anyone else. Scheduled to be put... Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:51:30 -0500 Be part of the process http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/62871 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. Bobby Jindal stop in town for a pair of meet and greets this week. Graham will be at the Spencer Dream Center from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Thursday and Jindal plans to stop by Gary's on the River from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday. On Wednesday evening,... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:16:22 -0500 Join us for coffee and conversation http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/59798 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. We usually meet for about an hour, sometimes a little longer for those who choose to stay and chat. We're always looking for guests as well so whether you have a... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:05:45 -0500 Life changes http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/59232 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. Marine Corp drill instructor. So his mother and I sit impatiently awaiting his graduation date, in November, when he will go from being Recruit Cauthron to U.S. Marine... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:19:47 -0500 New youth fad - setting yourself on fire http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/59107 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. Now I learn of a new video phenomenon providing entertainment for our younger generation where someone sets themselves on fire to see how long they can withstand the pain.... Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:39:58 -0500 A quick review of 'Lucy' http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/59013 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. And that's saying something in the sci-fi and fantasy genre. Accidentally infected with a synthetic drug, Lucy finds her brain capacity constantly elevating from the typical 10 percent used... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:58:53 -0500 Great stories to tell http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/58944 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. In Thursday's Daily Reporter, I was able to share the tale of an Independent candidate for Iowa's U.S. Senate seat who is biking across the state and will be traveling on RAGBRAI to get his message out to voters. Was an... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:36:04 -0500 Always interesting http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/58911 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. Great discussions, great coffee, great people. Opinions often vary and the beauty is, the discussion - even in disagreement -is always civil. Topics range widely from local issues to stories of national and... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:04:12 -0500 Thoughts on Super Bowl commercials http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/51556 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. And then we... Tue, 05 Feb 2013 09:14:51 -0600 Gun Control http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/51249 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. Gun rights advocates are urging law makers to expose what they're calling the "real issues" behind these gun massacres -- suggesting better mental health care is a bigger component. Personally,... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:54:00 -0600 Saturday night's King/Vilsack Debate http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/49382 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. -- following the Hawkeye vs. Cyclone football game (priorities you know) -- and will pit two completely opposite candidates against one another in a verbal battle over the issues important to the people of northwest Iowa. Anyone... Fri, 07 Sep 2012 09:39:21 -0500 Armstrong stripped of titles, do we care? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/49181 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. He has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Do we really care? About as much as I cared when American lost... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:02:40 -0500