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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

    The  Empire of Japan had carried out a surprise military attack on Pearl Harbor - a strategic U.S. naval base in Hawaii. The first reports indicated mass casualties and injuries, major destruction to U.S. battleships and aircraft, numerous buildings ablaze and a state of chaos in and around Pearl Harbor. War was imminent.

  • 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.

    The  Empire of Japan had carried out a surprise military attack on Pearl Harbor - a strategic U.S. naval base in Hawaii. The first reports indicated mass casualties and injuries, major destruction to U.S. battleships and aircraft, numerous buildings ablaze and a state of chaos in and around Pearl Harbor. War was imminent.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.