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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Council Bluffs salutes Edward Scissorhands

        I didn’t know Edward Scissorhands was from Council Bluffs.

        Apparently, he is. Why else would Council Bluffs let the Iowa West Foundation spend $3 million to erect a four-piece monument in Edward’s honor on the corners of the 24th Street bridge over Interstate 80.
        The sculptures, in the process of being installed this month, stand as tall as 60 feet high in some places.

  • Council Bluffs salutes Edward Scissorhands

        I didn’t know Edward Scissorhands was from Council Bluffs.

        Apparently, he is. Why else would Council Bluffs let the Iowa West Foundation spend $3 million to erect a four-piece monument in Edward’s honor on the corners of the 24th Street bridge over Interstate 80.
        The sculptures, in the process of being installed this month, stand as tall as 60 feet high in some places.

  • Volunteerism A Way Of Life

    The latest numbers released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) only validates something we already knew - Iowans like to volunteer their time and give back to their local communities.

     

    According to the CNCS’ Volunteering in America report, Iowans rank No. 2 in the nation when it comes to volunteering their time. Approximately 39 percent of Iowans did something in 2009 to help others.