Spencer Daily Reporter Opinion http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/opinion/ Opinion headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us Summer fun can be had outside your door http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414278.html Every year, as Memorial Day approaches, I consider my summer options. It could be due to my role putting together our Explore Spencer magazine which focuses on activities and events in our area. I'm... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:41:11 -0500 Guest Commentary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414277.html Memorial Day weekend is typically recognized as the official start to the summer vacation season. Now that warmer temperatures have arrived to stay, motorists will be ready to make the most of this... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:35:14 -0500 Music stream or music ocean? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414275.html In the 20th century, you could listen to music in a variety of ways. Analog formats like a record, or AM/FM radio stations made up most possible choices. With the dawn of digital music, there are... Mon, 22 May 2017 18:25:44 -0500 Going through the motions http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414085.html The NBA Finals won’t start until Thursday, June 1, but somewhere in the second half of Cleveland’s game two apocalyptic evisceration of the Boston Celtics, TNT announcer/NBA star 15 years ahead of a... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:55:59 -0500 Simple suggestions to take with you http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414079.html Like many columnists in community papers this time of year I generally like to throw a few thoughts toward our area graduates as they transition from this special milestone in their life — high... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:36:06 -0500 Them’s the rules http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414078.html The first day of summer isn’t for almost another month, but school’s just about out and that makes it summer. Those are the rules. At least it feels that way. A lot of other rules are coming to the... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:35:19 -0500 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2414077.html On Thursday, May 11, Gov. Terry Branstad signed SF 238 into law. I have been working on this issue since August of 2013. SF 238 expands the definition of sexual exploitation by a school employee to... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:33:39 -0500 Pastor’s Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2413494.html Ask virtually any Christian about prayer, and they will likely respond that they wished they prayed more. Prayer can often seem like an unattainable goal, something that we can always improve upon.... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:28:37 -0500 The CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2413490.html I was thinking of government as a marching band. Every four to eight years government, like a new marching band, flows on to the field led by a new drum major. The GOP had said that they had been... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:56:48 -0500 Self-driving cars are not necessary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2413227.html With companies like Google investing heavily in self-driving cars, a closer examination needs to be taken into what the technology would mean for everyday drivers. Not to be a luddite, but in my... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:11:26 -0500 Assisted-suicide http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2413219.html If Staff Writer Colin Van Westen's purpose with his latest "Colin You Out" column is to stir up controversy, or try to promote permanent solutions to possibly temporary health issues, he's... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:31:03 -0500 Opponents of APEX/Alliant wind farm http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2413218.html Tuesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. the opponents of APEX/Alliant wind farm will be presenting our side to the board of supervisors. Apparently, according to the Daily Reporter, the “big guns” of APEX et... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:27:42 -0500 Rough patches in the digital frontier http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2412368.html Some of the biggest news regarding technology is surrounding recent cyberattacks that are causing quite a bit of damage. What news like that highlights is that nothing in technology is foolproof, and... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:42:18 -0500 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2412366.html Families play a significant role in the care required for our frail older family members, friends and adults with disabilities. In fact, families provide 80 to 90 percent of their care. Nearly one in... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:39:38 -0500 Seniors, live your life in color http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2412322.html "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." — Ferris Bueller Hey, you. You with your hunched shoulders and eyes glued to the screen in front of... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:36:36 -0500 The late May push http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2412091.html The time has come for the high school sports late May push. I’ll never fully understand why so many events get shoehorned into the same two to three week stretch, but it’s not my job to schedule... Sun, 14 May 2017 22:43:57 -0500 I’m not an Iowan http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2412038.html Actually I am an Iowan — born and raised. Don’t worry. You’ll see where I’m going. This past weekend, my wife and I traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to see a stage show at the Washington... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:41:38 -0500 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2412037.html With the close of the legislative session, many are tallying the statistics of this session. In the 104 days of the legislative session, there were 174 bills enrolled. While this may seem like a lot... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:37:21 -0500 Great Letters to the Editor http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2412036.html Thanks to our local papers for providing a venue for people concerned about their government who are willing to take time to make their thoughts known. A recent piece “Dark Money” dealt with benefits... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:35:35 -0500 Every time you fall ... http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2411426.html I want to share a profound pearl of wisdom with you — a spiritual life truth. Every time you fall, get up! People with more sophisticated language call that resilience. Resilience is an essential... Thu, 11 May 2017 20:19:11 -0500 The CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2411417.html The March unemployment rate was 4.4 percent. That is very good ... the lowest rate of unemployment in a decade. While some twist the numbers to point out strengths and weaknesses, the employment... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:33:57 -0500 Iowa needs to allow assisted-suicide http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2411164.html In Iowa, it is crime for a doctor to intentionally or knowingly assist, solicit, or incite another person to commit or attempt to commit a suicide. The law also forbids participating in a physical... Wed, 10 May 2017 20:59:25 -0500 Giving the gift of time http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410291.html I got a text wishing me a "Happy Mother's Day" this past Sunday. I laughed and realized again a hazard of being the mother of an only child — and a son at that — there's no one else to remind him of... Mon, 08 May 2017 18:46:13 -0500 Thoughts on reading more http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410290.html I was sitting around, kind of passively listening to TED talks on YouTube, and after you've heard many of those, they really start to become the same thing. They say that 'To become more successful... Mon, 08 May 2017 18:42:56 -0500 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410287.html Today I have two guest writers — Barbara Dunn Swanson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Family Life, and Laura Sternweis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach... Mon, 08 May 2017 18:10:00 -0500 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410285.html In “The Art of Aging,” Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. tells us that the brain never stops growing in key areas of thinking, including creativity. The number of brain cells in healthy older people decreases... Mon, 08 May 2017 17:55:33 -0500 Invest wisely http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410117.html This column has a serious case of the Mondays. (Rim shot) Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week … and the ensuing weeks. I refuse to get into anything too heavy with my first Monday offering.... Sun, 07 May 2017 23:54:50 -0500 May is Mental Health Month http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410078.html Throughout the month of May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness brings awareness to mental health conditions. The goals of Mental Health Awareness Month are to reduce the stigmas associated with... Sun, 07 May 2017 20:54:14 -0500 No time to rest http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410077.html Not to complain but it’s a crazy time in the Cauthron household. In a good way. So finding me in the office this week is going to be difficult. I’m scheduled to be off through next Tuesday (May 16)... Sun, 07 May 2017 20:52:49 -0500 The one-two punch http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410076.html We’ve had a bit of a one-two punch to the country’s collective conscience. It hit us from both sides. I’d say it was more of a right hook followed by a left jab. Just the other day, President Donald... Sun, 07 May 2017 20:50:44 -0500 Agree to disagree http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410075.html Last month, one of the "Colin You Out" offerings grabbed my attention. I must admit, on first blush, the sentiments were not overwhelmingly warm or receptive. It has taken me over a week to come up... Sun, 07 May 2017 20:41:13 -0500 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2410074.html Governor Branstad was recently selected to serve as Ambassador to China- pending Senate confirmation. He had a confirmation hearing on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. When President Trump nominated Branstad... Sun, 07 May 2017 20:38:49 -0500 The parable of the hot dog http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2409432.html As a protestant Christian, I believe that salvation is by grace alone. That is to say, salvation is entirely a free gift of God that He gives in Jesus Christ irrespective of anything we have done to... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:17:25 -0500 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2409440.html There was another huge anti-Trump rally in D.C., this time focused on climate change. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reportedly requested 24/7 personal security protection... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:15:41 -0500 Stricter texting while driving laws won't lower fatalities http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2409151.html On Monday, April 17, Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law two pieces of legislation intended to curb the number of traffic fatalities by stiffening penalties on those who get caught using their... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:57:56 -0500 Celebrating the 50th Citizen in his 50th year in Spencer http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2408319.html With his distinctive voice and trademark bucket hat pulled over his head, it's hard to miss Del Brockshus. For area residents, who have depended on Del's commonsense horticultural advice, he's an... Mon, 01 May 2017 21:00:29 -0500 Listening to a different tune http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2408318.html Each year, there is a constant barrage of the same types of articles, with the same coverage. Sales of vinyl LPs have been increasing. The last I had heard, the numbers of records sold had regressed... Mon, 01 May 2017 20:57:01 -0500 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2408315.html This is the time of life when things get so much more interesting with our grandkids. They have opinions (about everything). They spend hours (and days) on their cell phones. Many grandparents find... Mon, 01 May 2017 20:43:04 -0500 The ship is sinking http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407891.html When my parents finally upgraded from the five fuzzy, antenna channels to satellite TV just before my freshman year of high school, one channel easily occupied at least 80 percent of my viewing time.... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:07:16 -0500 Truth in politics http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407874.html We have interesting discussions at Coffee with the Editor on Tuesday mornings. The Daily Reporter buys the coffee at 7 a.m. Tuesdays in the dining room at the Dream Center and we talk about whatever... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:15:15 -0500 Analyzing the divide http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407870.html We’ve progressed beyond the crossroads. I feel as if we’re emulating the future H.G. Wells described in “The Time Machine.” Humanity seems to be dividing itself into two distinct groups, bound for... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:11:42 -0500 Legislative Update http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407867.html On April 22 we concluded the 2017 legislative session. Typically, this session was to have 110 days. We cut it down to 100 days in the de-appropriation bill, but went into overtime by about four... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:07:04 -0500 A challenge to King? http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407864.html These days, topics for letters to the editor appear to be limitless. Many focus on the merits or deficiencies of those in elected office. Others choose to promote causes, the virtues of their... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:03:23 -0500 The 1st 100 days http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407863.html The news is out. Most Republicans that voted for Donald Trump think he is doing a great job. However, though Hillary Clinton got 48.2 percent, a 2.9 million advantage over Trump’s 46.1 percent in the... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:00:11 -0500 The CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407434.html President Donald Trump's announcement on a tax measure was mostly designed to beat the 100-day thing. Fill in a few lines ... leave others blank. Trump wants to do big things that set benchmarks for... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:49:14 -0500 Pastor’s Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407429.html We are told that the veil of the Temple that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn in two from the top to the bottom at the time of Jesus’ death. Before you say, “Oh, big deal!”... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:38:25 -0500 We need Obama http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2407088.html "Understand, democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders argued. They quarreled. Eventually they compromised. They expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:31:02 -0500