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Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Goodbyes are no good (11/08/12)
Some things are easier to say goodbye to than others. Take elections, for example. Who isn't excited to see the election cycle come to an end (other than maybe some who came out with fewer ovals filled next to their names than their opponents). The airwaves somehow seem cleaner without all the smear ads...
'The Donald' trumps himself (10/25/12)
"October Surprise,""bombshell" and "major news" were some of the words used leading up to Donald Trump's so-called announcement Wednesday. Those words have since been replaced by words like "gimmick,""laughingstock" and "jumping the shark." That's because Trump's announcement wasn't an announcement at all, but rather a challenge of sorts...
Presidential pizza preference (10/11/12)
Will anyone have the guts to ask President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney whether they prefer sausage or pepperoni pizza at the live, town hall-style debate on Tuesday? Pizza Hut is trying to find out, and is willing to pay for results. That's right, anyone who asks the meaty question will either receive a free large pizza each week for 30 years or a check for $15,600...
Going bananas (09/27/12)
Bananas get a bad rap sometimes. Look no further than the headline of this column which, loosely translated, means "to go crazy." Well, let the stereotype continue, thanks to a couple recent stories. Billa, a European grocery chain that bills itself as the "common sense" supermarket, thought it could package bananas better than nature. ...
Power in the pledge (09/13/12)
There's just something about rising with hundreds of people and speaking something in unison. The more people, the more impact the words seem to have. That's how I felt when I stood with about 700 people at the Steve King and Christie Vilsack debate Saturday evening at the world's greatest county fair...
Fun facts about Paul Ryan (08/23/12)
A little more than a week ago, Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as "the next president of the United States." The former Massachusetts governor quickly remembered what position he was running for so he could laughingly admit and correct his freudian slip before Ryan wound his way to the podium...
Golf and grins (08/09/12)
Golf took center stage in Spencer this past weekend. Starting Thursday, 351 golfers teed off for the Northwest Amateur at Spencer Golf and Country Club, with action continuing through Sunday. I didn't get to see any of the action but, based on coverage of the event, it looked like another successful run for the 91-year-old event...
What would you want named after you? (07/12/12)
Add Bob Marley to the long list of celebrities that have species named after them. It's called Gnathia Marleyi, and it's a blood-sucking parasite that lives in coral reefs and sneakily infests fish. "I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley's music," said Paul Sikkel, an Arkansas State University assistant professor of biology and field marine biologist. "Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley."...
Barefoot bucket list (06/28/12)
A fellow Iowan is doing something really cool. Actually, right now, it's also quite hot while 18-year-old Carroll native Rae Heim runs through the Midwest leg of her trek across America on foot. Barefoot that is. The point of Heim's 3,000-mile trip from Boston to Huntington Beach, Calif., is to raise money for Soles4Souls. ...
Ready for good news (06/14/12)
It's been a rough week. Tuesday's paper was not easy to write or read. It included stories of three deaths and two fires -- one that displaced 26 residents and another that put a popular dining establishment out of business, while displacing the manager and affecting the employees' income...
Celebrate responsibly (06/07/12)
A Myrtle Beach woman is in the news for being arrested at her daughter's high school graduation ceremony. She didn't show up drunk and spew a profanity-laced rant at administrators. She didn't get into a violent scrum with another parent over whose graduate was better...
Proud to be an Independent (05/31/12)
A recent letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register asks, "Are you people totally insane?", referring to the platform committee of the Republican Party of Iowa. The letter goes on to list "a sampling of the deep-thinking goals of the Iowa GOP" from the party's proposed platforms...
Dispatching safety (05/23/12)
Sleeping on the job is frowned upon in every field (unless the job is to be tested while sleeping) but in some careers, it could cost a life. The general public relies on doctors, nurses, police officers and firemen to be alert while fulfilling their duties. Emergency dispatchers also fit into that category...
Don't devalue your voice (05/17/12)
A little more than a year ago, about 50 people crowded into Fostoria City Hall to discuss the future of their post office with representatives of the United States Postal Service. According to many of the attendees, the meeting did not go well. Some said the meeting was useless and the post office would be closed regardless of what they said...
Reflections on Citizens Police Academy (05/10/12)
When Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson asked me to participate in the Citizens Police Academy, I jumped at the opportunity, even though I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. I'm glad I did, especially considering I cover the law enforcement beat...
A lesson for prom-goers (and everyone else) (04/19/12)
Ten years ago, I was involved in an accident. I was a freshman riding in a car with a senior who'd had a few drinks. He wasn't paying attention and pulled out in front of another car. The cars collided, killing me instantly, but sparing my friend. Yes, it was a mock accident, but I remember it to this day, and so does my friend, who is now a public information officer for an Arizona sheriff's office, and sometimes visits schools to present on such topics...
Branstad for vice president? Seriously? (04/12/12)
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad had yet to officially endorse a presidential candidate and Sen. Rick Santorum was technically still in the race when this line appeared in a Des Moines Register story: There will inevitably be questions about whether Branstad has potential as a candidate for vice president...
The happiest jobs? (03/29/12)
CareerBliss.com has ranked the 20 happiest jobs in America, following a year of surveying 100,400 employees throughout the country. Factors included relationship with the boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and control over the work one does on a daily basis...
The role of celebrities in elections (03/15/12)
As the GOP presidential nomination battle drags on, now might be a good time to see which celebrities are supporting which candidates. Not to help decide who should challenge President Barack Obama, who many of their colleagues are endorsing, but mostly for entertainment value...
Lottery winners exemplify entitlement problems (03/08/12)
How bad is the economy in suburban Detroit? If you asked 24-year-old Amanda Clayton, of Lincoln Park, she might say something like, "It's so bad, I have to continue using food stamps despite winning the lottery." Detroit news station WDIV has reported that Clayton is still using a state-sponsored BRIDGE card to buy $200 of food every month, despite taking home an approximate $500,000 lump sum from a $1 million jackpot last fall...
Should a candidate's alma mater matter? (02/23/12)
Many factors go into choosing a preferred candidate. Things like their stance on important issues and voting record are no-brainers, but what about a person's educational history? Considering that, since the turn of the 20th Century, only one person -- Harry S. Truman -- has become president without a college degree, education must be a factor...
Who really won Tuesday night? (02/09/12)
It did not take long for the national pundits to crown former Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania, the winner of caucuses in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado Tuesday evening. He won handily with about 55 percent of the vote in Missouri, about 45 percent support in Minnesota and just north of 40 percent in Minnesota (pun intended)...
$100 a share for Facebook? Sign me up! (02/02/12)
Facebook is going public. That sounds silly to say, considering the general public already tends to "buy" into whatever Facebook puts out, but now the general public will be able to buy into Facebook itself. It won't be cheap, at least not in the mac' and cheese sort of way. In fact, speaking of macaroni and cheese, Facebook is expected to have an initial public offering of $5 billion, with is the sixth largest in U.S. history, right ahead of Kraft Foods and right behind AT&T Wireless...
Staying positive amidst negative temperatures (01/19/12)
Today's high temperature is forecast to be 3 degrees. During just about any other January in Iowa, that wouldn't be anything out of the ordinary, but it's a vast departure from the consistently above normal temperatures northwest Iowa has been enjoying the past month or so...
Wrong but not completely surprised (01/05/12)
A week ago, this space was used to predict an Iowa Caucus win for Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. After the dust of a very heated race settled Tuesday evening, he found himself in third place. The real story was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney edging out former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum by eight votes...
Shocker? Ron Paul could win Iowa (12/29/11)
In just five days, Iowa Republicans will have the first say in selecting their party's nominee for president. Having seen every candidate but Mitt Romney, and the responses to those candidates, I believe Ron Paul is in a surprisingly strong position...
Dreaming of a brown Christmas (12/22/11)
While just about everyone loves a white Christmas, just the opposite is about to be reality this year. Yes, there may be some white on the ground right now, or simply on your car, but the chances of it being there come Sunday is slimmer than the chance of the meteorologists being wrong about last night's weather activity...
Face time trumps debates (12/15/11)
This column was supposed to be about attending the first full-cast presidential debate in Sioux City, which would also have been my first presidential debate. But, after learning non-Fox News media is sequestered in a "filing room" to watch the debate on a screen, I decided I could watch the debate on TV from home much easier...
Getting there Adventually (12/01/11)
It may be the first of December, but it just does not seem like the Christmas season yet. The early commercialization of the season -- including Christmas decorations up in some stores before Halloween -- hasn't seemed to help. Some friends even put up their Christmas decor before the debut of the fourth Twilight film, a full week before Thanksgiving...
Still keeping up the with Kardashians? (11/17/11)
I'll admit it up front: I'm not a big "reality TV" fan. "Survivor" lost my attention halfway through the first season; "Big Brother" is a remake of "Real World," as is "Jersey Shore;" and why should I care about "Real Housewives," regardless of what city they represent?...
Are harassment allegations helping Cain? (11/03/11)
Do not adjust your eyeglasses. The headline does indeed say "help," not "hurt." So far, allegations that presidential candidate Herman Cain sexually harassed three National Restaurant Association employees while CEO of the organization in the 1990s does not seem to be hurting his appeal, though the media's attention to the issue may be getting to him...
Wild west showdown sets political scene (10/20/11)
With caucus seasons shortening, the political stew is really boiling, just in time for those crisp, fall temperatures. Though it was already a bit warmer in southern Nevada than fellow early-election states Iowa and New Hampshire, the seven candidates on stage made it down right steamy in the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas...
Just answer the questions (10/13/11)
Three weeks ago, this space was used to critique a Rick Perry ad that looks more like a movie trailer than a promotion for a politician. In addition, it posed questions about the Texas Governor's spending record and claims of creating 1 million jobs in Texas. Those questions were meant to be asked face-to-face when Perry came to Spencer. That stop occurred Saturday, but Perry snubbed the massive amount of regional and national media, as he has reportedly done throughout his campaign...
Persistence pays for Vietnam vet (10/06/11)
Sometimes sports stories transcend sports. The story of Alan Moore is one of those stories. He's the 61-year-old kicker for the Faulkner University Eagles in Montgomery, Ala. That's right: Moore is three times the age of his teammates on a football squad in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics...
Suspend elections, reduce partisanship? (09/29/11)
Partisanship is a buzzword in today's political climate. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue on Tuesday suggested that pushing Congress' election cycle back two years may change that climate. "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover," Perdue told members of the Cary Rotary Club. ...
Rick Perry's production (09/22/11)
I wonder if Rick Perry's movie will be any good. The trailer looks amazing. Oh, that's not a movie trailer? That's a political ad? Well, now I'm a little disappointed. For a moment, I thought Perry was going to offer a couple hours of suspenseful, dramatic entertainment. Instead, he's just adding another angle to the political drama that will be unfolding over the next 13-plus months...
Family, food and the fair (09/15/11)
For the past few years, my dad has been working a booth for at least a few days of the Clay County Fair. Even before I worked up here, the fair became a part of my life for at least a day or two each September. The same could be said for my older sister, Alli; older brother, Jed; and his family, as it grew over the years...
A thankful reflection on hospice (09/01/11)
Today is the 25th anniversary celebration for Spencer Hospice. While I have recently learned a lot about hospice in Spencer, the service is not new to me. Hospice was there for my family as my grandfather Milton Licht was preparing to leave this earth, 13 years ago. I say preparing because grandpa knew the end was coming and, if he was going to go, he wanted to have as much control as possible over the days leading up to that departure...
Drugs, alcohol and Facebook? (08/25/11)
A new study is suggesting a link between social networking sites and using tobacco, alcohol and marijuana among youths between the ages of 12 and 17. More than 1,000 youths and about half of their parents were interviewed. In all, about 70 percent of youth said they used social networking sites...
This one's for the ladies (08/18/11)
Almost two months ago, I had the opportunity to judge the O'Brien County Fair King and Queen Contest. When I was asked to participate in the event, I honestly did not think much of it. I figured I was qualified enough, as I had been involved in extracurriculars -- such as speech, drama and FFA -- in high school and am also familiar with 4-H, due to family involvement...
Would you want a celebrity roommate? (08/11/11)
Wanted: A roommate in an apartment with Internet and XBox. That is essentially the ad Chad Ochocinco, the newest wide receiver for the New England Patriots, is placing. After years in Cincinnati, Ochocinco is new to Boston. He has said he likes traveling and adventuring in his new surroundings, and doesn't mind getting lost in the process. However, he thinks a roommate who is already established in the city could help him find his way even better...
An open letter to Jon Huntsman (08/04/11)
Jon, My name is Gabe Licht and I'm a staff writer at The Daily Reporter in Spencer, Iowa. Government and politics are my primary beats, so I've already met two presidential candidates and will meet more as the Iowa Caucuses near. I look forward to meeting presidential candidates not for my gain, but so I can introduce them to my readers. The hustle and bustle of election season is quickly becoming the favorite part of my job...
Palin's popularity plummeting? (07/28/11)
While pundits ponder whether or not Sarah Palin will run for president, a new survey suggests maybe she should get out of the spotlight altogether. Far from a political survey, the AskMen.com 2011 Great Male Survey asked more than 70,000 men from the U.S., Canada, England and Australia which female public figure they were most tired of hearing about, among other questions...
Enjoying the detours in life (07/21/11)
Wednesday afternoon, intern Angela Niesz and I got the opportunity to get out of the office and drive a couple counties south -- the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Denison, to be specific -- for a special event. With hundreds of other Iowans, and a few Nebraskans, we were fortunate to welcome home and be the first to thank the 130 troops that make up Company D of the 1st Battalion 168th Infantry. ...
Cavorting in Canada (07/07/11)
Cavort: 1. To prance or caper about. 2. To behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry. Canada: 1. The Great White North. 2. The producer of Alanis Morisette, Steve Nash, Thousand Foot Krutch and the like. 3. A great destination. Put them together and it makes for a fun four-day weekend. For the record, there was more high spirited behavior than there was prancing and capering (unless dancing to The Roots counts as the latter.)...
Conservative family values? (06/30/11)
The results of the Iowa Poll are out, and its findings are intriguing to say the least. Mitt Romney is still leading the way with 23 percent support, despite not making Iowa a frequent destination. However, Michele Bachman has doubled her support from 11 percent to 22 percent, taking second place from Sarah Palin, who has yet to declare any intention to run for the presidency...
Slow your roll, enjoy the scenery (06/23/11)
Beginning Sunday, hundreds of farmers rolled into Spencer for the WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride, bringing classic tractors of nearly every color and brand to the home of the "World's Greatest County Fair." The tour took participants -- about 750 of them -- to Lost Island Lake, Laurens, Gillett Grove, Terril, Spirit Lake, Everly, Linn Grove, Peterson and Royal...
What's in a number? (06/16/11)
Numbers mean different things to different people. Business owners have the bottom line. Stock brokers watch the numerical ups and downs of Wall Street. Politicians have approval ratings and poll results. Musicians push for higher numbers on the charts and in their crowds...
A good time to be an Iowan (06/09/11)
Iowa has been making some intriguing headlines recently. First, Des Moines was ranked No. 1 among U.S. cities with the highest real incomes by the U.S. News and World Report. Then, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis showed Iowa's economy grew by 3.1 percent last year, compared to 2.6 percent national growth...
Elephants, 'RINOs' and Palin, oh my! (06/02/11)
Primary preparation season is among us, as evidenced by a couple Public Policy Polling surveys. The most recent PPP survey of Iowa voters has Mitt Romney leading with 21 percent followed by Sarah Palin and Herman Cain tied at 15 percent. These numbers are interesting for a couple reasons...
Real-life application for editorial gobbledygook (05/26/11)
About a month ago, this space was used to detail the struggles and process my niece Madysen has gone through as she learns to walk on her feet. The end of the article did not go quite as planned, but it basically asked the questions, "What's holding us back from moving forward?" and, "What's keeping us from turning an opportunity of change into an opportunity for progress?"...
Be interested, not interesting (05/19/11)
In the spirit of graduation season, here is a bit of advice for graduates. Actually, it's a bit of advice for everyone. Be interested, not interesting. During an outdoor service at Dordt College a couple weeks ago, a senior stepped to the mic and offered that nugget of wisdom...
Getting old? Not yet (05/12/11)
Contrary to the beliefs of some, Wednesday marked my 24th year on this earth. That's 2-4, not 1-9. Two different people -- facetiously, I think -- guessed the latter to be my age. After thinking about it a bit, that sounds like quite the compliment. ...
Celebrating vengeance? (05/05/11)
It did not take long for the news to spread. Every major network broke into normal programming with the breaking news. Even sports channels were talking about it, especially once the word spread from smart phone to smart phone at Citizens Bank Park during the New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies game, inciting chants of "USA!"...
Learning to walk (04/28/11)
As an uncle, it has been quite the journey watching my three nieces grow. Avah, the oldest turned 3-years-old Wednesday, a day before her twin sisters Payten and Madysen marked 16 months. Yes, my brother Jed and his wife Amanda have literally had their arms full...
Little pink piggies cause a riot (04/14/11)
"This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed at home." Most likely everyone reading this column knows that nursery rhyme ends, "And this little piggy went 'Wee! Wee! Wee' all the way home." Perhaps there is someone out there going, "Oh, now I get that Geico commercial."...
A peaceful place to live (04/07/11)
For the first time ever, peace is being used to rank countries and states. The Institute for Economics and Peace launched the United States Peace Index Wednesday. Identifying peace as "the absence of violence" and using indicators such as homicide rates, violent crimes, percentage of population in jail, number of police officers and availability of small arms, the IEP ranked Iowa as the ninth most peaceful state...
The middle of nowhere? (03/31/11)
Rural America gets a bad rap much of the time. I've lived on the outskirts of a 25,000 population town, a couple miles from a town of 190 and now pretty much in the middle of those numbers as one of Spencer's 11,233 residents. Numbers intrigue me, which is probably why an AP video about the population center of the United States intrigued me...
The body slam heard 'round the world (03/24/11)
"Hero" and "punisher" are words being associated with 16-year-old Casey Heynes after a video of him body slamming an alleged bully began circulating online. The 40-second glimpse shows 12-year-old Ritchard Gale grabbing Heynes' shirt and punching him in the face and stomach until Heynes' retaliates and throws the much smaller Gale to the ground...
Wear green today, red Friday (03/17/11)
Today is St. Patrick's Day. Three of my coworkers jumped the gun and wore their green duds a day early. Failure to repeat their wardrobe color choice could result in pinches. Apparently leprechauns like to pinch people, but can't see anything green, so a pinch is simply a friendly reminder of leprechauns...
Isn't it ironic? No, it's not. (03/10/11)
The word "ironic" gets tossed about quite a bit. Just ask Alanis Morissette. Her hit single "Ironic," referencing many things that are not actually ironic, helped sell more than 30 million copies of her American debut "Jagged Little Pill" album -- still the record for female artists -- and undoubtedly making her a millionaire...
Keep Iowa first (03/03/11)
Since 1972, Iowa has been making a big splash in presidential races as the first state to caucus, with the New Hampshire Primary typically making headlines about a week later. They're the first two presidentially-minded contests in the nation and they deserve to stay that way...
The collective bargaining debate (02/24/11)
Discussion and debate are the two of the greatest aspects the First Amendment. Those tools allow individuals to express their views and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way. America is learning a lot about collective bargaining of public employees...
A great event for a greater cause (02/17/11)
Saturday evening, I ventured over to my alma mater Dordt College. The occasion was an event called Dea-ncing with the Stars -- no, that's not a type-o. Featuring six individuals paired with six dancers, the night raised nearly $17,000 for Dea Lieu, a Dordt alum in need of a kidney transplant...
Glenn Beck ... Day (02/10/11)
Today is Glenn Beck's birthday. Facebook user Matthew Howery took it upon himself to designate the date as "Glenn Beck is a Moron Day." "I'd like to celebrate the utter lack of coherent reasoning ability that is Glenn Beck," Howery wrote on the page for the event. "I invite everyone on that special day to post their favorite Glenn Beck quotes, clips, slips and blatant inconsistencies on their profile status."...
The joys of Democracy (02/03/11)
The title of this column is not tongue-in-cheek or sarcastic. In the past, this space has been used to decry bipartisan bickering and an apparent lack of civility among legislators at both the state and federal level. But not today. Instead, this column is a confession that Americans have it pretty good in this representative Democracy...
Symbolism or silliness? (01/27/11)
In an effort to build more unity and improve the environment of the U.S. Congress, many legislators decided to sit next to someone from the opposing party during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) wasn't impressed...
Protect your noggin (01/20/11)
As I am getting ready for work each morning, it is common practice for me to check the outside temperature on my phone. The answer helps me decide what clothes to wear and whether or not I need to adorn a hat and scarf. Yesterday morning, the number made me shiver far before I stepped out the door: 18 degrees below zero. The high was not much more encouraging, as it was barely expected to break even...
War of words and riffs (01/13/11)
Most Baby Boomers, and maybe some members of Generation X, likely remember the Bellamy Brothers' 1979 country classic, "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body." Some of those listeners probably knew that phrase was made popular by Groucho Marx on his 1950s TV series, You Bet Your Life...
Where have all the snowmen gone? (01/06/11)
In elementary school, I remember singing a song called "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" It was a rather depressing song for youngsters to sing. The premise of the Peter Seeger melody: All the flowers went to young girls, who married young men. Those young men were transformed into soldiers and later filled graveyards, which were eventually covered with flowers again. It's a picture of how war interrupts the cycle of life...
Leaving negativity in the past (12/30/10)
The new year is almost here. This is typically a time for looking forward and making resolutions. But, it can also be a time to look back and reflect. I decided to do just that by reviewing the 30 top-viewed news stories on The Daily Reporter website...
A reality check (12/16/10)
Sometimes it takes advice from an unlikely source to get people thinking right. That's what happened for NBA player Terrence Williams recently. The 11th pick in 2009, Williams had fallen out of Nets' coach Avery Johnson's good graces so much that he was actually sent to the team's D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, for a three-game stint...
From the wild to the window (12/09/10)
Five months ago Daily Reporter intern Kylie Sebert wrote "Queen of the road" about a female German shepherd -- commonly referred to as Phantom -- living in the wild south of Spencer. Individuals left food for Phantom and tried to capture her numerous times, to no avail...
Working man hands (12/02/10)
I recently read a Des Moines Register article about Virgil Storm, an 87-year-old Iowan who has been operating a sawmill for 48 years. A 15-year battle with prostate cancer has finally forced the stout, old farmer to call it quits. "My back's bothering me a little bit," he told Kyle Munson for the story. "My knees and legs are getting weak. But I keep working, and in general I feel pretty good."...
Entertainment wish list (11/17/10)
"There's nothing to do here," is a common gripe heard in cities of all shapes and sizes across the nation. In cities with performance spaces and live entertainment venues, that should not be a legitimate complaint, especially when events are taking place...
The power of words (and Twitter) (11/11/10)
Who would have thought social media websites would ever become a valid news source? Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey -- along with their colleagues -- likely did not realize that potential when they created Facebook and Twitter, respectively. But, that has clearly happened as such websites join blogs and even youtube videos as sources of news...
Sports and politics collide (11/03/10)
Isn't November great? It is for sports fans. College football teams are making the final push for higher rankings and bowl eligibility. In Iowa, both the Hawkeyes and the Cyclones are in the mix. With the ninth week of the season approaching this weekend, NFL teams are entering the second half of the season either looking to build momentum for the playoffs or throwing in the towel and focusing on the future by giving young talent a chance...
Endorse this! (10/28/10)
Five days remain until this year's midterm elections. Can you tell? Political ads and press releases have been flying every which way for months. We've seen the "Terry vs. Terry" ads and the inception of "Big Debt Chet." Most of the ads are what we've come to expect from politicians, though secretary of state candidate Matt Schultz has cranked up the electric guitars for a few ads that have been featured on his website, but I haven't seen or heard them elsewhere...
Junior Moment (10/21/10)
Most days, I don't put much thought into what I wear. I grab the least wrinkled shirt and pair of pants, add a belt and pair of shoes that match and I'm out the door. But Wednesday, I joined millions of people across the nation and beyond as I chose to wear purple in memory of individuals who have killed themselves after being bullied and harassed by peers who thought they were gay...
Junior moment: 64 minutes with Angela Shelton (03/25/10)
She was eating cake-batter ice cream; I was finishing up a taco. Somehow, the conversation kept returning to that ice cream, but she won't know about the taco until she reads this article. Something tells me she will not be offended to discover I was finishing up my supper while talking to her. It was much more laid back than her interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2003, for instance. I can safely say it was the most laid back interview of my young journalistic career...
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