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July 22, 2014

  • How much more can we handle? Moonlight and soccer
    The concept of building a community center and a new elementary school facility sounds wonderful, unless you’re fighting hard to just make ends meet and feed your family. 
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  • I understand its popularity, but not its appeal
    Soccer is an acquired taste. Kind of like coffee, or lima beans or tequila, or – perhaps I should stop right there. I don’t want any self-righteous, lifestyle police picketing outside my office or threatening to poison my pooch for condoning something (like alcohol) that shouldn’t be condoned. But I digress. 
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  • The great ones could take on, and beat, all comers
       I love thoroughbred racing. With a passion. Always have. Always will. It’s one of the greatest – and perhaps most overlooked – traditions we have in America, and anyone who says otherwise is itchin’ for a fight. 
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  • What are you and your tootsie-wootsie planning?

    Aw yes, the good old summertime. I’m not quite sure what a toosie-wootsie is -- and I definitely don’t want to be one – but I do know that we all deserve a long and comfortable summer to help erase the memory of the winter from hell. Can you say sub-zero?

    The signs of the season are abundant. The young corn is big enough to be “rowed,” the grass requires mowing about every four days and the always-enjoyable burdocks are flourishing. Yes, indeed, it’s summertime in Iowa, and everyone is enjoying this season in the sun. That’s as it should be.

     
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  • With a gobble, gobble here ... and a gobble, gobble there

    Let's talk turkey. Or at least write and read about it.

    Thursday morning, as the rest (or most anyway) of Northeast Iowa is greeting the dawn and trying to find the gumption to start another day, I’ll be nestled under a cedar tree trying hard not to make a sound that betrays my concealment.

     
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  • Names published for deterrence; Bubba regular guy

    Recently, I’ve been asked why the names of juveniles who have been charged by local law enforcement are published in Decorah Newspapers and also appear on our website:decorahnewspapers.com.

    It’s a legitimate question, and I assume it was asked of all local media and not just the newspaper. At any rate, as editor, I think it deserves a response.

     
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  • Decorah awesome, but so is our county
    The accolades have been raining down on Decorah like a deluge in recent years, confirming what we’ve known forever and a day: This small, but vibrant town in Northeast Iowa is one of the best communities of its size in all of America.
     
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  • A mystery that's hard to fathom; Hawks down to last gasp
    At the moment, it has to rank right up there with the great mysteries of our time, comparable (not really) to who shot J.R. Ewing, did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone, who really killed JonBenet Ramsey and why hasn’t Pete Rose been inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame? 
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  • Might be a real chance to control our own destiny
    Should a community/county have the right to determine its own future and protect the inherent rights of its citizens? The obvious answer to that question is a resounding “yes,” but it’s not quite that simple. Not by a long shot. 
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  • Tried to make myself cool, but I remained tepid
    I'm not the brightest bulb on the porch, but over the last 63.5 years I have been able to draw one conclusion I’m confident is true: You’re either cool or you’re not. Trying to transition from non-cool to cool is impossible and an exercise in futility. Put another way, you’ve either got it or you don’t. 
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  • It was the end of January ... and for all practical purposes, the end of Iowa. 
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  • So the perennial, all-time-greatest (?) losers are hoping a mascot can change their luck and help lead the likeable knuckleheads to the promised land of baseball glory ... yeah right. If only it were that easy. 
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  • Decorah has just about everything any rural community of similar size could possibly offer its citizens, with one notable exception: some type of community center. 
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  • Anyone who has ever participated in a competitive athletic competition can relate. Perhaps I shouldn't make such an all-inclusive statement ... it's probably more accurate to say "the majority of those who have ever participated ..." At any rate, let's move on. 
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  • There was a time, not so many moons ago, when I actually dreaded the arrival of Christmas - or holidays if you must. Perhaps dreaded is a bit too strong, but at the very least I sure didn't look forward to it. 
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