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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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • Critical Hire For School Board

    Approximately 50 people came to the Glenwood Community High School auditorium Thursday night to offer input on the school district’s search for a new superintendent.

    The forum was moderated by Dr. Thomas Jacobson, a member of the consulting team hired by the district to help in the recruitment of the potential superintendent candidates.

    Audience members were asked to share their thoughts and input on three specific questions. I’m paraphrasing here, but the three questions went something like this:

  • Winter Weather Taking A Toll

    I’m going out on a limb and saying that the Glenwood Community School District’s vote for an instructional support levy next Tuesday won’t end up in a 434-434 tie like it did last year.

     

    Will the levy get the votes needed for passage this year? Your guess is as good as mine.

     

    The way the 2009 election and post-election unfolded is still one of the most unusual stories I’ve ever covered. Pass or fail, I expect things to unfold in a more conventional way this time around.

     

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