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Today's Opinions

  • Envisioning A County-side Trails System

    Can’t help but be impressed by the work being done by a committee of Mills County residents who want to see the establishment of additional recreational opportunities in our community.

    Specifically, the committee’s long-range vision is for the development of a county-wide trails system that would connect each and every community in Mills County with the existing Wabash Trace Nature Trail and with one another.

  • Envisioning A County-side Trails System

    Can’t help but be impressed by the work being done by a committee of Mills County residents who want to see the establishment of additional recreational opportunities in our community.

    Specifically, the committee’s long-range vision is for the development of a county-wide trails system that would connect each and every community in Mills County with the existing Wabash Trace Nature Trail and with one another.

  • County Prepares For The Unknown

    Driving around Pacific Junction Friday, watching the sandbaggers and railroad contractors preparing for the predicted flood waters, I was reminded of the eerie feeling I had back in the summer of 1979 while completing some National Guard training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.

       I didn’t have a television in my dorm room on the base, probably not even a radio, and certainly not a computer or cell phone. I was two weeks away from completing a hot summer of training and anxious to return home to Nebraska.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ranking The Presidents

    President’s Day is Monday. We observe this day in February because it happens to be the birth month of George Washington, our first president, and Abraham Lincoln, the man many historians regard as our greatest president ever.

  • Halloween deserves holiday status

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