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Today's Opinions

  • 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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  • A Word or Two From Frank Overhue

    Just like everyone else in the room, I fully expected Frank Overhue to have a last word or two before formally relinquishing his seat on the Glenwood Board of Education.

    Frank didn’t disappoint.

    Overhue said his good-byes before stepping down during the school board’s transitional meeting on Monday, Sept. 14. The 38-minute presentation made for one of the most unorthodox school board meetings you’ll ever see. But, then again, it was vintage Frank Overhue.

  • A Word or Two From Frank Overhue

    Just like everyone else in the room, I fully expected Frank Overhue to have a last word or two before formally relinquishing his seat on the Glenwood Board of Education.

    Frank didn’t disappoint.

    Overhue said his good-byes before stepping down during the school board’s transitional meeting on Monday, Sept. 14. The 38-minute presentation made for one of the most unorthodox school board meetings you’ll ever see. But, then again, it was vintage Frank Overhue.

  • A Reason To Celebrate

    OK, I know it wasn’t supposed to open this way.

        I know it’s a year behind schedule and I know it’s not going to be totally finished until the auditorium gets put together later this year.

        One school board candidate told me last week that the high school construction project has become “a joke.” I don’t dispute his assertion. I’ve been a part of the coffee shop chatter and have thrown out a sarcastic one-liner or two myself.

  • A Reason To Celebrate

    OK, I know it wasn’t supposed to open this way.

        I know it’s a year behind schedule and I know it’s not going to be totally finished until the auditorium gets put together later this year.

        One school board candidate told me last week that the high school construction project has become “a joke.” I don’t dispute his assertion. I’ve been a part of the coffee shop chatter and have thrown out a sarcastic one-liner or two myself.

  • Thanking The Greatest Generation

    One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had as a journalist was the Honor Flight trip I took last September to Washington, D.C., with 100-plus World War II veterans from southwest Iowa.

    It was a privilege for me to accompany these special men and women to our nation’s capital to get a first-hand look at the memorial that’s been erected in their honor.

  • Thanking The Greatest Generation

    One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had as a journalist was the Honor Flight trip I took last September to Washington, D.C., with 100-plus World War II veterans from southwest Iowa.

    It was a privilege for me to accompany these special men and women to our nation’s capital to get a first-hand look at the memorial that’s been erected in their honor.