Spencer Daily Reporter Opinion http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/opinion/ Opinion headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2389148.html Candidate Donald Trump promised to label China a currency manipulator on day one of his administration and once elected put China's one-China policy over Taiwan in play as a bargaining chip. His... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:04:58 -0600 ‘May I have seconds, please?’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2389146.html In our home, we all like different things for supper. Mom will fix spaghetti and inevitably someone will wish we had cheeseburgers. If she fixes noodle soup someone will want fried chicken. Our... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:52:12 -0600 Driving the wedge http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388852.html There are a great many divisions in our society that have come to light over the course of our latest election. Some of them, I will admit, are more worthwhile than others. However, you can rest... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:58:07 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388088.html This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and “Million Hearts” — a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017 — are... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:13:18 -0600 ‘Change Lanes to Pass’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388087.html I am aghast at how many people — both cyclists and non-cyclists — believe that requiring cyclists to operate with bicycle lights will solve the growing number of fatalities on Iowa roadways. Iowa... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:12:05 -0600 Guest Commentary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388086.html Nasty rumors have been “floating” around out there about Lost Island Lake, the Iowa DNR, and what was going to happen with the lake — and there’s not a “floating” truth to them. The rumors included... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:10:53 -0600 Mainstream? Nah, we’re Main Street http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388085.html Man, it’s easy to get depressed about the state of the world when you turn on the television or look at a national magazine or newspaper. Yes, we have challenges. Yes, our nation is more polarized... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:09:29 -0600 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2388084.html I recently attended a training about agriculture in the classroom. This training was put on by Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom and Clay County Farm... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:08:43 -0600 The successful addiction http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387499.html All through middle school, high school and college I did a lot of volunteer work. For the most part, I volunteered because of my involvement in Boy Scouts. However, when I got to college, and didn't... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:14:06 -0600 Mark it down http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387480.html Working this job and being a graduate of Clay Central-Everly isn't always the easiest thing in the world. From one perspective, it's pretty great. Starting this type of work pretty fresh out of... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:50:36 -0600 Questions and assumptions http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387445.html In today’s critical political climate, any story in print or broadcast media is under scrutiny for the “slant” or “angle” from which it is intended to sway public thought. While most of this targeted... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:13:39 -0600 The Johnson Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387444.html If Republicans get their way in the Iowa Legislature — and they will — you can kiss your Valentine good-bye if you are a teacher, county or city employee, or state worker. The GOP is out to scrap the... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:09:10 -0600 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387440.html HF 291 makes reforms to public employment. This was the "hot button" bill this week and you probably heard of it referred to as "the collective bargaining bill." First and foremost, this bill does... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:05:10 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387086.html Given the insults and threats thrown Mexico's way by our president and his supporters, it is not surprising that favorable sentiment toward the U.S. in Mexico is at the lowest level in modern... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:15:44 -0600 The heart matters http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2387081.html Heart month is a good time for a heart exam. Several years ago my wife and I read some testimonials in the Spencer Daily Reporter of what Planet Heart could reveal with its widely popular screening... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:55:55 -0600 Still, infinite moments http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2386762.html Though my time at the Daily Reporter has been brief, I've had a few of those moments that we journalists hope for in a story. That is to say, there have been a handful of moments when my cheek is... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:00:24 -0600 Take the time to honor those who give their time http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2385881.html My father, whom I adore, was honored Sunday night by a livestock association he is a member of, with a prestigious award. That surprise honor meant my mom, siblings and I trekked to Des Moines to... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:59:25 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2385863.html Iowa and the rest of the states in the upper Midwest were highly rated as great places for seniors to live according to the latest Well-Being Index from Gallup Healthways and the Massachusetts... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:33:26 -0600 If a tree falls... http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2385401.html I'm too young to really remember basketball in the late 80s and early 90s, but I watch plenty of 30 for 30s and classic YouTube highlight reels to have a somewhat decent feel for the decade. I... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:21:57 -0600 Sharing my space for this important message ... http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2385365.html I’m playing nice with “others” this week, especially since the others I’m referencing happens to be Russ Mitchell, managing editor of the Dickinson County News, our sister paper in the Lakes region.... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:00:42 -0600 Guest Commentary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2385363.html Iowa has one of the highest quality, lowest cost health care systems in the United States. At the heart of that system are 118 community hospitals — including Spencer Hospital — that stand ready, day... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:52:55 -0600 The Johnson Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2385361.html A month has already passed since the fall of the opening gavel for the 87th Iowa General Assembly. My sincere thanks to the people of northwest Iowa for the honor to serve you in the Iowa Senate.... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:45:47 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2384946.html The movie, "A Dog's Purpose," which I enjoyed, was cleared by a third-party audit of subjecting a dog to stress during the filming of the movie. The charge held up the premier of the movie and I went... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:30:38 -0600 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2384600.html The Clay County driver's license station is of the utmost importance to me. We need reasonable access to driver's license services. Last session, the DOT requested an additional $10 million for a... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:48:47 -0600 There's always next year http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2384590.html It may be sacrilegious to use a Chicago Cubs phrase as the title for a column based on my Super Bowl viewing experience but I'm not a big sports guy, so I'm going to roll with it. I don't think I... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:13:07 -0600 Public access is a good thing http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2383796.html You have to excuse community newspapers if we’re feeling a bit under attack these days. We have a president who assails us with a bombardment of “alternative facts” and deriding statements. We’ve got... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:29:14 -0600 The loudest hole in golf http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2383792.html You’re probably expecting a column about what’s been rightfully dubbed the greatest Super Bowl of all time, but here’s the deal with that. I know, I know, but before you try to take my sportswriter... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:20:37 -0600 The one staff to rule them all http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2383199.html The most interesting development of the modern age, in my eyes, is the power shift. It has been long since established, that white men dominate the planet and every aspect of life. But recently there... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:00:21 -0600 Right or Left - ‘nameless’ opinions vary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2382790.html It’s funny. One minute we’re a “right-wing rag.” The next minute, we’re “a liberal, progressive paper.” Of course these accusations are always made online by people without the strength of their... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:45:37 -0600 Let’s Talk About It http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2382789.html Every day, every human on the planet makes choices, hundreds of them. They can range from awakening before sunrise to prepare for work or school, to fighting a war on foreign soil, to deciding what... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:42:33 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2382779.html President Trump is wasting no time functioning as his own secretaries of Commerce and Treasury, engaging with Mexico to end NAFTA. He has made it clear that he is going to make it untenable for U.S.... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:49:06 -0600 Lifeboat http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2382777.html God created life. Therefore, I want to take this time to talk about the issue of life. To get our topic going consider the lifeboat exercise. I was first introduced to the lifeboat mentality in... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:37:28 -0600 Having a strong constitution http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2382450.html In the current climate of viral videos that we now live in, it's rare to see familiar people or places plastered on your computer screen. For me, Friday was the exception. That was when I first saw... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:29:58 -0600 Guest Commentary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2382449.html The “big game” (on Feb. 5) is the single most watched sporting event in the U.S. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends to enjoy all of those football themed snacks, not to mention... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:22:46 -0600 Take the time to plan your down time http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2381538.html There's a phenomenon I experience every year come mid-to-late January. I call it my "travel dreams" time of the year. I quite literally dream of trips to exotic locations as I sleep,and when I wake,... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:33:49 -0600 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2381535.html Today I have guest writers who work for Iowa State University: Madison England, 4-H youth development, Pete Evans, forward learner experience coordinator, and Clark Colby, arts, communication and... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:23:51 -0600 It’s going to be an interesting 4 years http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2381061.html Based on the first full week of the Donald Trump presidency, it’s going to be a wild four-year ride — and whether it’s a good ride or a bad ride is going to depend largely on your perspective of our... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:55:02 -0600 Landlocked http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2381072.html The journey to being in shape is a long winding one. One of the worst things to think about when working out is remembering how in shape I was a year ago. I lift weights or run now and it feels like... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:28:47 -0600 Winter weather and sporting events http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2381060.html Spencer High School's mission statement is as follows: "All students will develop maximum knowledge and skills to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens." Pretty straight forward and... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:11:56 -0600 The work of Christmas http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2380652.html Is anyone else noticing a silence? No longer is Christmas music blaring from mechanical Santas with swivel hips. No longer do we hear Burl Ives chuckling his “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!” The worry... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:35:07 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2380660.html My first circus was in fifth grade (decades ago) as the school scheduled an outing to Sioux City each year for the class as part of the regular curriculum. It was something the kids all looked... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:34:57 -0600