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Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016
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If you're hungry and you know it (09/29/16)
Earlier this week, I took part in a prayer fast. If you read my column last week, you already know that those of us fighting to keep Max Villatoro in the country have run out of legal options. So, being as it is the only option left to us, we are taking part in a prayer fast. It's been an interesting experience...
Getting specific about 'the media' (09/26/16)
A dear friend in the news business shared a great piece of editorial page writing last week. It encapsulated the feelings I've had for so long about the perception of the public and some in the political arena about our business. You've heard it. Someone railing about "the media," as if they were discussing a singular enterprise. ...
Clover Corner (09/26/16)
We have just finished the biggest recognition event of our 4-H year at the Clay County Fair. The staff at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in Clay County would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the 2016 Clay County Fair a successful one. Also, congratulations to all 4-H and FFA members on their achievements and showcasing of their animals and projects at the fair...
Patchwork Quilt (09/26/16)
The Older Iowans Legislature will be meeting in Des Moines Sept. 26-27 in the House Chamber. Delegates sit in a legislator's chair and have the opportunity to voice their opinion on what they want the Older Iowans Legislature (OIL) to advocate on their behalf to Gov. Terry Branstad and to the 2017 session of the Iowa General Assembly...
Terror in our streets, peace in the distance (09/23/16)
I honestly don't know why either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton want to step into President Barack Obama's shoes. They're inheriting a country in complete turmoil and unrest. We don't need to be worrying about invaders from outside our borders right now. The Islamic State group is the least of our worries. We're doing a pretty good job of tearing ourselves apart right now all on our own -- American versus American...
Legend of the month (09/23/16)
As I was growing up, my dad instilled in me a passion for history and a thirst for knowledge that can never be quenched. Due to this, I have done more recreational research into extraordinary historical moments than is probably typical for a 23-year-old journalist...
Let's Talk About It (09/23/16)
"I've been cheated, been mistreated. When will I be loved? I've been put down, I've been pushed around. When will I be loved? I've been made blue, I've been lied to. When will I be loved?" Though Linda Ronstadt made this song famous decades ago, she couldn't know how put upon the electorate would feel as we approach the first presidential debate, to be aired the evening of Sept. ...
It has to stop (09/23/16)
So last weekend was a total bummer, huh? Not only did the Hawkeyes totally blow it against an FCS school, but all three of Iowa's major football programs put up L's. My theory? I've discussed the depression continuum before in this space. I knew the continuum was strong, but what I didn't know was that it has the potential for exponential growth...
Pastor's Column (09/22/16)
What do we want for our children? If you are reading this pastor's column, my guess is that you want your child/teen/adult offspring to have faith in God. Right? And you probably also value the wisdom and teachings of the Bible. So, when Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me," (Matthew 19:14) we are warmed by the image of his open, welcoming arms...
CommStock Report (09/22/16)
The announcement that Bayer was buying Monsanto has created a storm of comment and concern over the concentration of the biotech seed industry that this merger and others that are pending could keep seed prices high. Farmers are frustrated as corn prices have fallen below the cost of production and that unlike fertilizer prices, seed corn prices have not fallen accordingly. ...
Meet Max (09/21/16)
It's easy to say you would be a better parent when you don't have any children. It's easy to say that you oppose the military when you don't know anyone in it. It's easy to say that immigrants here illegally should be deported when you don't have a face to associate with the issue...
Patchwork Quilt (09/19/16)
The ninth annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed Thursday, Sept. 22 -- the first day of fall. The day of recognition was started and sponsored by the National Council on Aging and raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. The theme of this year's event is "Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016."...
No easing in to after-fair world (09/19/16)
The Clay County Fair shut its doors Sunday evening after a very successful nine-day run. For all of us who grew up with the fair we know that re-entry to normal life is tough. We're tired. We are behind in our work. We have piles of dirty laundry at home. We are just so not ready to dive back into the workaday grind...
A week of fair fare (09/16/16)
Two days and counting. Then we can begin the countdown to the 100th anniversary of the Clay County Fair. But I've still got a couple more days to scarf down some of those fair favorites and take in the sights and sounds that make the Clay County Fair unique to any other county fair I've ever experienced...
Lets not repeat this history lesson (09/16/16)
I once heard that opposition to your goal is a sign that you are on the right track. That makes sense in some instances. For example, if you're a police officer and your goal is to get a hostage away from the criminal waving a gun at innocent people, the gunman will oppose you by shooting at you. Just because he is shooting does not mean you're doing the wrong thing...
Lighten up, Jim (09/16/16)
It might be hard to imagine, what with those flashy khakis and constant jaw clenching, but Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh hates fun. I've suspected this for a couple years now, but as of this week, we have definitive proof that the Wolverines' head man is a full blown curmudgeon...
Pastor's Column (09/15/16)
The tale of Jonah is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible; with numerous adaptations and allusions, from Veggie Tales to Pinocchio to George Orwell to John Milton's "Paradise Lost." This well-known tale tells us that Jonah was called by God to do ministry in Nineveh (modern-day Iraq) but instead Jonah heads for Tarshish (modern-day Spain). ...
Nothing happens during the fair (09/14/16)
I heard the phrase several times over the last week or so. Boards, councils and committees all scheduled their time accordingly because, "Nothing happens during the fair." Yet, it isn't true. I have found myself to be the busiest I have been in my short career at the Daily Reporter. I'm writing about twice as many articles as I usually do. I'm confusing my dates like never before...
New year, new memories to make (09/12/16)
Like nearly everyone else around, (With a two-day gate admission of almost 120,000, everyone must have been there!) I enjoyed the opening weekend of the Clay County Fair. Even the weather did its part to ensure visitors had a great time. I'm always amazed at how the fair seems to be the dividing line between summer and fall in our little corner of the world...
Let's Talk About It (09/12/16)
A few weeks ago, Daily Reporter Publisher Paula Buenger penned a precious piece on a topic of vital import. She described the skill of "active" (as opposed to "passive") listening, and how it proved to be helpful when speaking on the phone with callers having some gripe or complaint regarding stories in the newspaper. Instead of being defensive or dismissive, she listened to the callers, and tried to understand how they were feeling. Hence, the subject of this week's column...
Clover Corner (09/12/16)
The Clay County Fair is finally here! Today, I have a guest writer, Kaley Hunter, from the Lincoln Lions 4-H club talking about the sheep project area. Come on out to the fairgrounds this week and see all the hard work youth have spent on their livestock and projects...
Cam you see straight? (09/09/16)
When I was in college (Yes, at the University of Iowa which will be 2-0 in football around 10 p.m. tonight. I applaud Matt Campbell for saying ISU has to stop disappointing its fans after week one's loss to the mighty UNI Panthers by the way. He's right. ...
It doesn't seem 'fair' (09/09/16)
So here it is, and by it I mean the big "it" in Clay County -- the Clay County Fair. The self-proclaimed "World's Greatest County Fair" which every year seems to live up to its billing, drawing more than 300,000 visitors through the gates in a county where the population doesn't even top 20,000...
Small farm town boy in a big county fair world (09/09/16)
I grew up in Oklahoma City for the first 11 years of my life, but a large part of my childhood memories consist of the times I spent on the different farms of my relatives. I remember spending a lot of time with my grandmother and helping her husband Monroe in the wheat fields and fishing...
CommStock Report (09/08/16)
As farmers, feeding the world is one of the noblest causes a person can do, so for our customer appreciation event, CommStock Investments has called upon someone that we can all look up to with the highest respect and admiration. Kris "Tanto" Paronto is coming to our Clay County Fair event...
Randy's Review: 'Sully' (09/15/16)
For those of us who remember the "Miracle on the Hudson" -- when a U.S. Airways passenger airline suffered double-engine loss while flying through a flock of birds shortly after takeoff and successfully landed on the Hudson River -- Capt. Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) was heralded as a hero after delivering all 155 lives on the plane back to earth, making the miraculous water landing...
Randy's Review: 'Bad Moms' (09/15/16)
Apparently writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have been watching too many Seth Rogan comedies lately. The new comedy formula apparently comes down to how much bathroom humor and how many objectionable phrases can you throw out. That's what passes for funny now...
Randy's Review: 'Ben Hur' (09/01/16)
First a confession here. I've never seen the original Charlton Heston "Ben Hur" all the way through. Just caught unconnected bits and pieces here and there so I really have no point of reference when it comes to comparing it to the original. Sometimes that can be a good thing when they remake a film because I have nothing to base an opinion on...
Randy's Review: 'War Dogs' (08/25/16)
Based on the true story of Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, "War Dogs" is the story of a pair of long-lost childhood friends who reunite at an acquaintance's funeral and following their "reunion" join forces to become international arms dealers. Told with the addition of first person narration throughout -- provided by Packouz (Miles Teller) -- "War Dogs" is a very entertaining and interesting indictment of the American system for bidding military weaponry...
Randy's Review: 'Sausage Party' (08/18/16)
If you feel the urge to go lay down your hard-earned cash on "Sausage Party" and a little voice in your head encourages you to walk on by, don't walk ... RUN. Tuck that money back in your pocket and flee immediately. This animated tale from the mind of Seth Rogen and friends opens with an expletive-filled musical number where the food sings about being taken from their spot on the Shopwell's shelf by the gods (shoppers) to the "great beyond" (outside the store's front doors). ...