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Columns

  • Looking Like A No-win Situation For East Mills

    In 2007, I thought the consolidation of the Malvern and Nishna Valley school districts into one East Mills Community School District was a good idea.

    I don’t feel that way anymore.

    As an outsider looking in, the Nishna Valley-Malvern marriage appears to be on shaky ground.

  • Writing Miss Daisy

    By Daisy Hutzell Rodman

    In early January 2006 I dropped by the desk of my friend and editor Howard K. Marcus as he shoved on his jacket. “I’m late for a meeting at the Press Club!” he exclaimed.

    “You belong to the Omaha Press Club?” I asked. “I’ve wanted to join for years.”

    This was true. In late fall 1998, Wade and I sat in bar chatting with the people around us.

    “Where do you work?” I asked someone.

  • Pearl Harbor Attack Touched Glenwood

        Seventy years ago today, on what started off as just another peaceful Sunday morning, news of an unimaginable event was relayed across America through a series of “special bulletin” radio broadcasts.

  • Catholic Church’s blame game hollow

        Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a second. The Catholic Church is blaming the 1960s for its child molestation scandals?
        A five-year study released by John Jay College of Criminal Justice seems to suggest as much.

        The study was undertaken at the request and with the financial support of America's Roman Catholic bishops. The report links the spike in child abuse by priests in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to, the study says, “the importance given to young people and popular culture.”

  • Irony In 'Faces of Evil' Deaths

    The irony of President Obama announcing to the American public on May 1 that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. special military forces in Pakistan hasn't gone unnoticed in the past 72 hours.

    It was on May 1, 1945, when the world learned through a radio broadcast that Nazi Germany dictator Adolph Hitler had committed suicide.

  • Experience Mills County This Summer

         Last week, I had the opportunity to get a personal tour of the famous Todd House down in Tabor. I had heard a lot about the place over the years - knew it had a lot of history behind it and a connection to the Underground Railroad - but had never actually seen the place in person.

  • Honor Flight Focus Of Sunday Program

       I’ve stated previously in this column that one of the greatest privileges I’ve had during my time as editor of The Opinion-Tribune was accompanying World War II veterans from southwest Iowa to Washington, D.C., in September 2008, on the inaugural Western Iowa Honor Flight.

  • Halloween deserves holiday status

        More than 100 million American families will answer their door bells and hand out candy this Halloween.

  • Water Bill Leaves Some Feeling Queasy

        I guess it was nice to learn that I wasn’t being singled out or picked on.
        Judging by some e-mails I’ve received in the past week, I wasn’t the only Glenwood resident slapped with a sizeable rate hike on my water and sewer bill this month from the Glenwood Municipal Utilities.

  • Big 10 Summit In Mills County

        I must have read my invitation wrong, but I thought last Thursday’s gathering in western Mills County was supposed to be a groundbreaking celebration for the new U.S. Highway 34 - Missouri River bridge project.
        I didn’t know it was going to turn into a summit to discuss Nebraska’s move to the Big 10 Conference and the future rivalry between the Husker and Hawkeye football teams.