Spencer Daily Reporter Opinion http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/opinion/ Opinion headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us The fourth candle http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366988.html This week, I watched as the first candle on an Advent wreath was lit. I'll admit that Advent tends to sneak up on me every year. It sounds a bit strange but I always feel like I should have been... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:11:26 -0600 Help spread holiday joy this year http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2366023.html The tree is trimmed, the stockings are up. There's tinsel in my hair and carols on the stereo. It's the most wonderful time of the year. The Christmas gift list I carry in my bag at all times is... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:08:33 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365979.html The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.Ē ó Charles Dudley Warner. Many of us find it challenging to come up with the perfect gift for our elderly loved ones ó... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:31:50 -0600 Minimum wage causing maximum rage http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365444.html OK, I canít seem to get a straight story on this minimum wage issue. Some counties in Iowa are making minimum wage adjustments on their own. Now Gov. Terry Branstad has reportedly indicated that he... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:56:52 -0600 Disaster averted http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365447.html I've seen the customary eye roll from the average sports fan when someone brings up baseball in December, but it's a time to rejoice, readers, as a new MLB collective bargaining agreement has been... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:19:12 -0600 Feeling at home http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365439.html When we were kids, everyone was asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Most boys answered with police officer, firefighter, a superhero and other things along those lines. Well there were two... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:34:34 -0600 Advent a season of hope http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365139.html Advent is a season to focus on the coming hope we have in Christ. The prophet Isaiah cried out to God, "O that Thou would rend the heavens and come down. ..." Indeed, God has come down and has... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:03:28 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2365137.html The headline was "Vermont farm says that thousands of its turkeys died from disease.Ē The farm was Stonewood Farm in Orwell, Vermont. I made an assumption that being from Vermont that this was a... Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:57:56 -0600 A note from the past http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2364797.html Like a lot of homes out there, the inside of my house is now decked out with rolls of red ribbon and gobs of green garland. Stockings, both functional and decorative, are hung on shelves, sills and... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:48:48 -0600 Romo's lesson for millennials http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2364363.html I was in Iowa City this past weekend. Yes, it was amazing, and I planned on writing all about the experience despite not getting tickets into Kinnick Stadium. (I'm frugal, and like everyone else, I... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:58:42 -0600 Making new holiday memories and holding on to traditions http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2363967.html It's funny how actions, particularly during the holidays, morph from "just something we do" into treasured family traditions. I thought about that this long Thanksgiving weekend as my family put up... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:44:48 -0600 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2363965.html The 4-H Youth Development program offers a program to youth called the scramble calf program. The purpose of this program is to provide an educational beef production experience for beef project... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:29:53 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2363960.html In a world of smartphones, blazing fast internet, self-driving cars, and Amazon delivery drones, itís very easy to be a little overwhelmed. In the face of all of this innovation however, seniors are... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:25:22 -0600 Oh how the mighty have fallen http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2363553.html I was fortunate enough to be able to join my family for Thanksgiving this, the first time in four years. I had originally intended on telling the tale of my family reunion on the holiday but, I heard... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:48:23 -0600 Still time to give thanks before accepting the Christmas gift http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2363539.html So now weíve settled in for a nice weekend after gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving, throwing elbows with the best on Black Friday and getting our fingers good and limber for a keyboard onslaught on... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:06:21 -0600 Centrifugal force http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2363538.html In the aftermath of Black Friday, the chill winds of fall have swept coupons and flyers across asphalt parking lots, like modern day tumbleweeds. It's the quiet before the storm. In a few weeks,... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:00:47 -0600 The gift of listening http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2363250.html Are you a good listener? Think of a recent conversation that had some substance to it. Did you interrupt the other person? Were you preoccupied with waiting for them to finish so you could say what... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:46:14 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2362133.html This holiday is a favorite holiday among seniors due to its authentic traditions and its great food. However, Thanksgiving can be stressful to hosts, seniors and their caregivers. -As people age they... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:32:51 -0600 Giving thanks and lending a hand http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2362144.html In 1621, after a successful corn harvest, a band of immigrants who had arrived and established a home in a new land, had reason to celebrate. Only half of the passengers and crew who had made... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:29:47 -0600 Romo's lesson for millennials http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2361664.html I was in Iowa City this past weekend. Yes, it was amazing, and I planned on writing all about the experience despite not getting tickets into Kinnick Stadium. (I'm frugal, and like everyone else, I... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:58:08 -0600 I bet youíre wondering http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2361658.html Iím sure last week many readers were a bit surprised that I didnít use my available space to celebrate the victory of Donald Trump ó our new president of the United States. Well, thatís it. You just... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:02:49 -0600 ĎSuck It Up, Buttercup!í http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2361652.html We've all had our fill of posters, placards and promises of a better life within our grasp. Now it is time to give thanks and prepare to celebrate the most important birthday ever celebrated. Of... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:13:05 -0600 Tea you later http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2361636.html The absolute best part about being a tea drinker is the sense of community that comes with the outrageous obsession. The tea drinkers that really get into it will not even think twice about spending... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:14:47 -0600 Pastorís Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2361282.html Thanksgiving comes but once a year, but it can carry a different significance for different people. For some, it is a time to spend with family and eat too much. For others, Thanksgiving is a time to... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:09:38 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2361259.html The only thing that is certain regarding the election of Donald Trump as president is that there will be change. Barack Obama was too much hope and too little change. The pundits and columnists were... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:11:08 -0600 A fly on the wall http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2360955.html I've told a few people during my few short months here at the Reporter that I prefer to take the fly on the wall approach when covering events. I prefer not to interfere and just let the events... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:32:09 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2360173.html According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 1-in-5 American workers will be over the age of 65, and in 2020 1-in-4 American workers will be over 55. Here are a few simple workplace... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:51:32 -0600 21 Days of Joy http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2360174.html I started a little project nearly a month ago, when the din and roar of a nasty election had everyone snarling and gnashing teeth at one another. I decided, instead of political posts on social... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:02:15 -0600 Oh the places you will go http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2359702.html When I was young I never liked sitting still, a feeling that has not changed, so reading was difficult. My imagination was just as restless as my legs. I was always creating my own stories and new... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:31:12 -0600 My trip to California: A God thing http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2359616.html The good Lord works in mysterious ways. And as mysterious as they are, they are always for our benefit. That was a takeaway from my recent journey to California. The trip was arranged by my wife Leah... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:46:32 -0600 Saban: The best and the worst http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2359610.html It's impossible to call Alabama's Nick Saban a bad college coach. His resume speaks for itself. He's 200-60-1 on NCAA sidelines, he has five national titles and he's won six SEC championships. He has... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:12:05 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2359299.html The Iowa Soybean Association released its stance on eminent domain saying, "We believe government should concentrate more on the management of currently owned government land and reduce the effort to... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:37:14 -0600 Τετελεσται http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2358983.html It is finished. We've had a full day to mourn or praise the outcome of the polls. Personally, I'm glad that this particular election cycle is over. Like many of us, the campaigns have caused me a... Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:12:15 -0600