Spencer Daily Reporter Opinion http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/opinion/ Opinion headlines from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us Fighting back against ‘alternative facts’ http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2379566.html A new phrase entered the American vernacular on Sunday morning — “alternative facts.” Uttered by Senior White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway in response to queries by Chuck Todd, NBC News political... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:03:16 -0600 A day of historical moments http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378985.html I had a different column planned for today, but as I prepared to write it, I found myself glued to the coverage of the inauguration of our 45th United States President Donald Trump. Among the... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:13:27 -0600 When kids become a product http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378972.html Last week the Iowa High School Athletic Association mailed out press credentials to all the papers across the state, granting access to the various state tournaments held throughout the year. Well,... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:43:04 -0600 Paying it forward http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378965.html I have heard the expression "paying it forward" a dozens times throughout my life. However, I had never seen it in action first hand until I visited Rome. At the end of my semester in Germany two... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:01:46 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378552.html I was able to visit Argentina a few years ago and was treated to a farm tour there. They have a very productive agriculture benefiting from high quality land and resources that allowed them to... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:05:29 -0600 Pastor’s Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378550.html With the new year comes new resolve (at least temporarily!) to better ourselves. Of course, the statistics make us wonder what good these resolutions are. Of the 133 million Americans who make... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:59:16 -0600 The line between yours and mine http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2378266.html In my opinion, social media posts are often akin to the image of the Peanut's character Linus standing in a pumpkin patch, shouting toward the sky and assuming that The Great Pumpkin is listening. I... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:26:35 -0600 Surviving the drama of Icepocolypse 2017 http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377524.html The breathless anticipation. The overheated rhetoric. The graphics! Oh, my goodness, the colorful graphics blazing across my television screen. Inauguration? Nah, the Icepocolypse of 2017. Since last... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:36:19 -0600 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377511.html Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:44:16 -0600 Embracing differences http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377038.html Tuesday, as a country we will recognize a National Day of Racial Healing, two days after the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and three days ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:27:04 -0600 Let's Talk About It http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377025.html I'm betting that a good many of you recall two iconic television shows dealing with the California Highway Patrol: one was "Highway Patrol,” starring Broderick Crawford as Chief Dan Matthews. In his... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:41:40 -0600 The fight with no losers http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377014.html Friday on Colin Cowherd's radio show "The Herd," UFC president Dana White, who is currently in a tie with NBA commissioner Adam Silver for my favorite commissioner in pro sports (Goodell is in a deep... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:29:38 -0600 Deutsch dinner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2377005.html When I studied in Germany for a semester I loved how they treated meal times. First of all, everything tasted better there. Sure, we do some things better here, but the bread alone makes me wish I... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:56:09 -0600 Pastor's Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376625.html Any of you remember Linda Ronstadt singing, “What’s new? How is the world treating you?” I am amazed that turning the page of the calendar stirs hope that this new year will be better. It creates... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:43:32 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376624.html I find it a little surprising that farmers are among the biggest skeptics of manmade climate change. A 2015 Pew Research poll had 78 percent of farmers saying that they believed that climate change... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:37:42 -0600 From within, not without http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2376309.html With the highly publicized passing of several celebrities this past year, I’m somewhat glad that the first celebrity, and I use that term loosely, to fall this year was not human. We have lost the... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:36:20 -0600 Holding on tight to Christmas lights http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375651.html Saddest day of the year in my house? The day I take the Christmas tree down. Which is why it remains, lights on, shining in the corner of my living room. Judge me if you want, but I am just not ready... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:46:21 -0600 Patchwork Quilt: Older worker employment program http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375650.html While many seniors are financially reliant upon Social Security and personal savings after they retire, some decide for various reasons to continue working. For those who are seeking work or are... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:20:03 -0600 Life's a gamble http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375031.html Well, I'm back. Did you miss me? (Don't answer that.) Yes, the Gregorian calendar did me a solid this past holiday season, dropping back-to-back Saturday editions of the Daily Reporter and with them... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:55:51 -0600 My final column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375001.html For some, I’m sure the column’s title caused great celebration. To you, I would say, “Now who is going to give you a reason to hate every week?” To the rest of a you, I bid a fond farewell. It’s been... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:49:16 -0600 All I want this year http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2375000.html Holidays are great for what they represent and also for what we get to do on those days. Every holiday provides a very unique opportunity for those of us who celebrate them. For example, Halloween... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:48:07 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2374557.html One of the Christmas gifts I received was a book from the Iowa State University library entitled, "Years of Struggle, The Farm Diary of Elmer G. Powers, 1931-1936." It is a book of excerpts from his... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:45:50 -0600 The God within http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2374554.html A few years ago I read an excellent book by Ross Douthat called “Bad Religion.” His argument is that the problem in America is not that we are becoming irreligious (surveys show that Americans... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:58:33 -0600 Have some House majority whip with your Goodlatte http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2374259.html Allow me to introduce you to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Sixth District. To start off with, I have never heard his name spoken out loud, so I truly hope that it's pronounced exactly like an Italian... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:47:05 -0600 Clover Corner http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2373469.html 2016 has come and gone just like that. All the staff with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County are excited for 2017. ISU Extension and Outreach’s goal is to provide education and... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 20:33:07 -0600 Drifting into time passages http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2373485.html There was a tug on my soul as 2016 wound down, a melancholy ache for younger days and a mourning for days past. The end of 2016 saw me in an introspective mood, and the loss of two old friends this... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:11:15 -0600 Ask a Trooper http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2373470.html A: It has started already. All it took was the first snowfall and drivers across the area suddenly remembered what they had forgotten for the last nine months ... how to drive in winter weather. Some... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:33:04 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2373467.html Life is full of traditions. Many are handed down through the years, and some are newly created between family and friends. Either way, traditions are part of the colorful fabric that intertwines our... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:11:48 -0600 CommStock Report http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2372958.html The Rock Island Clean Line (RICL) withdrew its petition for a franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to build a power line to carry current from wind turbines in the Western Corn-Belt region... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:47:09 -0600 Pastor's Column http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2372953.html There is a particular political ad which I have not seen, but it evidently features Ruline Steininger who is 103 years old. She was born seven years before women could vote and she has lived long... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:49:14 -0600 Let's Talk About It http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2372645.html No, the title of this piece is not misspelled. "Mauling" relates to beating up on people, cold cocking them, if you will, as they are strolling in a mall. From the accounts I've seen these past few... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:21:42 -0600 With the flip of a switch http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2372647.html There is a philosophical device known as the "Trolley Problem." You've probably heard it before. In the "Trolley Problem" scenario, you are the conductor of a train full of passengers and you see... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:19:44 -0600 Guest Commentary http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2372641.html When mental health issues become visible, it often happens explosively and tragically. The shootings at Newtown and Virginia Tech, along with countless other deadly crimes, were carried out by... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:56:04 -0600 Seeking peace in the coming year http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2371953.html In a thoughtful piece I read over the weekend, poet and novelist Jay Parini discusses the vital importance of the Christmas season to all of us, this year more than ever before. The biblical message... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:37:00 -0600 Patchwork Quilt http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2371952.html Committing to a routine of physical activity is one of the healthiest decisions you can make. Before you get moving, though, consider how best to be safe. Get medical clearance from your doctor... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:31:03 -0600