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My mind, on Veterans Day, returned to my role in the Korean War. Because the USA and the Russians were not fighting a war in the way the word had been used traditionally, the term Cold War was coined. In some places, however, traditional war did break out, as in Korea, but we tend to forget that this “Korean War” was actually a part of the Cold War. more
"I think the cartoon that The NSP posted in your editorial was not the best choice representing the electoral outcome in our great little city ..." more
"Your paper has been a blessing to the community with helpful and thoughtful news that my wife and I have enjoyed reading for the past 27 years ..." more
"It appears by their vote, that appeasing the selfish concerns of their party leadership is more important than looking after the needs of their own constituents back here in Iowa ..." more
In our city and school elections, the voters have spoken, the winners have been congratulated, and those who got fewer votes (spare me using the word "losers") have conceded. Nobody who puts his or her name on the line is a loser. In our nation's 231-year-old democracy, those with fewer votes have always conceded, until the presidential election of 2020, but let's not go there. more
Sports seasons come and go. Like an endless cycle, one year always leads to another. The cast of characters changes, but state championships are the ultimate dream of every high school athlete. more
Nov. 12, 1981: Cox Cable Quint Cities asked the city council for a rate increase in Eldridge cable TV service. The proposed rate was $8.95, $1 more than the current rate. The company said the increase was justified due to rising costs, such as gas and vehicle maintenance, copyright fees and electricity. The council tabled the request, and turned the matter over to the town Cable TV Commission, who would study it and make a recommendation. Council member Paul Meredith said it seemed in “poor taste” for the company to raise rates right after it hooked up the system. more
Iowans turned out in better-than-usual numbers for last week’s city and school board elections. It’s always encouraging to see improvements in voter participation. more
As we get closer to the winter season, I hope this article is a reminder of how we handle calling off school. more
You may have had to recite Dr. McCrae’s famous poem from World War I in school. First published anonymously in 1915, it remains to this day the single most recognizable vestige of the “Great War,” next to the very poppies the poem describes. more
"What we are seeing in voter suppression acts and political gerrymandering is undermining the perception of the U.S. as a highly predictable and stable environment ..." more
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow ... more
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