Opinion

Take the time to drink some coffee with cops

Editorials

It’s a tale of two coffee events with different results. Last Thursday, six police officers were standing together enjoying their drinks inside a Starbucks coffee shop in Tempe, Ariz. Apparently, the presence of those officers left one customer feeling unsafe and he complained to a ...

A cast away

Local Columns

There was nothing subtle about the take that came along the stand of watershield leaves which partially covered the surface of the clear shallows. A solid bump elicited the hyperspastic reel-down on my baitcaster and the sweeping hookset which followed. Where most of the one- to two-pound fish ...

What to know about co-signing a loan

Local Columns

Be sure you realize the financial responsibility you’re taking on before co-signing a loan. Your friend or family member wants to take out a loan but they don’t qualify. They could, however, if someone co-signs, so they ask you. Before you jump in to help, understand how the decision ...

My wife’s new hardware

Local Columns

If we live long enough, many of us will become bionic. My wife is the latest example. She was recently given some new hardware, and not just mundane trinkets like the bowling trophies she won as a teenager. We’re talking about space age materials and the fusion process. It wasn’t so ...

High court abandoned voters in gerrymandering case

Editorials

After next year’s census the majority parties in most states will redraw legislative district boundaries that will be in place for a decade. That work often leads to political gerrymandering — incumbents in charge drawing districts that all but ensure their party will garner enough votes ...

If Cotton-wood Echo when Granite Falls, would Hazel Run?

Local Columns

Part I Following are brief histories of the above named towns in southwest Minnesota. The title comes from a long-ago “ditty” that appeared in one of the Twin Cities Sunday newspapers. COTTONWOOD Cottonwood is one of the younger villages of Lyon County, situated in the midst of an ...

Scams come in many different forms

Local Columns

Social Security is at the forefront of keeping your online data secure, but you play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information too. Scammers commonly target people who are looking for Social Security program and benefit information. You might receive an advertisement in the mail, ...

Circling a giant

Local Columns

Have you seen that really bright star popping out and dazzling the southeast Marshall sky after sunset? It’s hard to miss! It’s actually Jupiter, the biggest by far planet in our solar system. It’s basically a big ball of hydrogen and helium gas with a diameter of around 88,000 miles, ...

Our nation’s odd relationship with things that go … BOOM!

Local Columns

I never knew when it would happen … or how often. It was rarely in the morning, but sometimes in the afternoon and frequently in the evening when all of a sudden … BOOM! Now, this was July 4th in the 1970s in Missouri. The sound of fireworks exploding overhead throughout the day, and ...

A walk in Garvin Park

Local Columns

“So what park are you and Ross visiting this weekend?” is the question I’m often asked. That’s what I get when I focus my columns on our Saturday adventures in the park du jour. We’ve hit a majority of the county, regional, and state parks in a 100+ mile radius, but I’m sure ...

Short takes

Editorials

Keeping computers old out of landfill THUMBS UP: Lyon County Public Works Administrator Roger Schroeder gave commissioners an update this week on recycling programs. One such program is giving new life to old computers. The program is called ResQzone and takes unwanted, but usable computers ...

Read the Declaration of Independence

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: July 4, 1776, 243 years ago, the “Declaration of Independence” was adopted by Congress. Why did they declare this independence from the England? Was it declared so we could have a long weekend in the summer to take vacations, have barbecues and shoot off fireworks? ...

In the pursuit of happiness

Editorials

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us ...

Find your way!

Local Columns

There was a time, not too long ago, when a young lad was asked to read the entire chapter of First Corinthians to the assembly. Somehow reading the chapter to the audience wasn’t as daunting as trying to understand the meaning of the chapter and he asked his mother to explain some of the ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

The book “Birdie,” by Eileen Spinelli, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Grand Rapids, Mich., c 2019, was a delight to read and it took me back to when I was 12 years old. That’s how old Roberta Briggs is. Birds are one of her main interests. Observing and studying them is a comfort ...

Red Baron Arena requires maximum parking

Editorials

"Build it and they will come.” That’s the famous line from the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams.” And it’s a line often used when talking about building facilities to draw people or businesses. In the case of the Red Baron Arena and Expo — it was built and people have been ...

Topwater tactics for bass

Local Columns

Topwater fishing is synonymous with the start of summer. While the tactics and lures vary, an explosive take of a bait off the surface of the water is about as thrilling as the culmination of a July firework show. While topwater fishing may not be the best way to catch bass, it sure is one of ...

Other Views

Editorials

Trump health care disclosure order a good start to transparency A Trump administration executive order to require hospitals to disclose prices of procedures and tests is a good start to creating an environment of transparency with the consumer in command. Consumer choice in medicine is a ...

Reparations: How not to foster racial harmony

Editorials

About reparations, a skeptical President Barack Obama in 2016 told reparations proponent Ta-Nehisi Coates that it would divide the country. Obama said: “It is hard to think of any society in human history in which a majority population has said that as a consequence of historic wrongs, we ...