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February 08, 2016
  • One Lemon who was sweet for America/world
        While their efforts may not rank up there with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. or Abraham Lincoln, a strong argument could be made that they did as much to promote racial relations in the United States as just about any entity other than the aforementioned pillars of our nation (If I left anyone out, I apologize.).
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  • Perhaps a New Year’s resolution I can accomplish
         I’ve been writing a “New Year’s resolutions” column since Lassie was a pup, and admittedly it’s become increasingly difficult to come up with a new, fresh perspective on the popular subject.
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  • Duck lips, selfies and political obsessionists

     Call me a nerd, twisted, incredibly bored, a dweeb (see letter to the editor on this page) or whatever, but I’m the type of person who actually enjoys watching home movies. Say what?

    That’s right, while most people would rather stick a meat thermometer in their ear than be subjected to two hours of video showing a family on vacation in Yellowstone, I’m just the opposite. I genuinely get a kick out of experiencing the moving-picture memories of family and friends and their journeys through life.

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  • Kinder, gentler Coach Ferentz has Hawks in title hunt

       Let’s be honest here. Totally honest.

    I’ll readily admit I’ve had my doubts about Coach Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeye football program in recent years, and anyone who says they haven’t is either lying, blind to the truth or so ignorant about big time college football they can’t tell the difference between a nickelback and a slotback.

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  • Helluva way to live

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m extremely upset and angry as I write this.


    Is it the end of the world? Of course not. But the end of our existence, the way we live, might be a lot closer than we think. Just ask the people aboard that Russian jetliner or the citizens of Paris, France, and Beirut, Lebanon. The list goes on … and on … and on.

    As I sit here on Tuesday morning trying to write something profound and enlightening about the latest terrorist attacks that claimed so many innocent lives, I’m at a loss. I think we all are.

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  • I worshipped at the altar of ivy and Vienna red hots

       It was and is my cathedral.

    A place as important to me as the Vatican is to Catholics … as Mecca is to Muslims. Its turf is sacred. The ivy covering its brick walls is both unique and special … a symbol that defines it like no other. In case you haven’t figured it out by this point, the house of “Worship” I’m referring to is Wrigley Field: The “Friendly Confines.” The home of the Chicago Cubs – those lovable losers who raise our hopes each and every spring and then dash them by the start of summer.

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  • Know it sounds crazy, but gotta love Trump
    Not that long ago, if someone had predicted that businessman/bazillionaire Donald Trump would be leading all other Republican candidates in the race for the White House, his closest competitor would be a retired neurosurgeon with little if any political experience and that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would be in danger of being overtaken by a 105-year-old senator from Vermont, we probably would have escorted that person to the funny house … but it’s all true.
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  • Not a Belieber, but I do believe in an afterlife
         I’m a believer. No, not a Belieber (although I’m glad the young entertainer seems to have settled down a bit and come to his senses), but a person who is convinced there is an afterlife following our departure from the physical world.
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  • Are we ready for some football? Absolutely
    The much-anticipated 2015/16 football season kicks into high gear this weekend and fans throughout America are eagerly awaiting the fate of their favorite teams.
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  • And now he’s free to soar with all his friends
         As one who firmly believes in the existence of a “spirit world” after we check out of the “physical world,” I’m convinced Bob Anderson of Decorah is now soaring with his beloved peregrine falcons, eagles and any other raptor he dedicated his life to saving and thus ensure their existence forever and a day.
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  • Time for Confederate flag to be in a museum
    It’s time for the Confederate flag to be relegated to appropriate locations in historical American museums. It should not fly in positions of prominence throughout the land, i.e. in front of state capitol buildings.
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  • Violence is out of control, and no one can solve it
         I’m sick of it. You’re sick of it. They’re sick of it. The nation is sick of it. The world is sick of it. We’re all sick of it. And, unfortunately, it shows no signs of changing in the near future … if ever.
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  • It’s like Judge Roy Bean is presiding in Iowa

     It’s what I like to call the Judge Roy Bean method of “justice.” 

    When criminals were brought before the infamous judge (the first law west of the Pecos River), he told them all the same basic thing: “First we’re gonna give you a fair trial, and then we’re gonna hang ya.”

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  • Graduates: It’s up to you to prove yourself
         Time inevitably marches on, and, believe it or not, high school and college graduations are commencing throughout America … including Winneshiek County.  
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  • Say what you want, but Bruce Jenner determined

        If I had one word to describe Bruce Jenner it would be determined. 

    He was determined to win the Olympic gold medal in the decathlon. He was determined to capitalize on his amazing athletic accomplishment. He was/is determined to be a good father. He is determined to make a successful transition from male to female. And, perhaps most importantly, he is determined to live his life the way he wants to live it … regardless of what his critics may think.

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