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Greetings on our first column in what is now fall. Lots of folks love fall. It has its beauty. But I have never been a big fall fan. Spring. Ah, yes. Love it when everything springs to life. Seeing lots of farmers in the fields now as harvest gets rolling.

So let me get this straight. In New York City Mayor Bill diBlasio has established a permanent get out of jail free card for anyone rioting, looting, beating up old ladies or accosting people attempting to eat in open air restaurants.

John 3:16. Just about anyone knows what verse John 3:16 says, “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

I’m not exactly sure the political strategy of mass e-mailing newspapers campaign lies, fund-raising pleas and the like, because if I actually opened every e-mail, I would sit at my desk eight hours and get nothing else done. It is not a good plan for semi-retirement.

The 2020 election is less than 60 days away I fully expect that it will be one of, if not the worst devisive elections ever. If you have ever followed my columns, you well know I am not a fan of President Trump. That is not to say that some of the things done during this administration have …

Jeremiah 1:5. “Before I firmed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

L ng st ry sh rt, I dr pped a 100 p und p ate g ass wind w n my right ring finger, spent tw h urs having the shredded skin stitched back and am wearing a sp int n my right finger t prevent the stitches fr m pu ing ut.

I’m not going to tell you that I watched gavel to gavel the Democrat convention last week. Frankly, my family, church and community are more important than sitting in front of a television soaking in largely hatred and vitriol from a political party, any political party. I thought I was an e…

This past week, I attended a prayer meeting with several pastors and parishioners at the Albia Baptist Temple. Each month we go to a different church. Not all of Albia’s or Monroe County’s pastors attend, but nonetheless, prayer is shared and Scripture as well. It is a wonderful and useful e…

Since the 2020 presidential election has turned into an “identity politics” circus, created by Joe Biden and his handlers when he announced he would name an African American woman to be his running mate, I’d like to make this observation.

Greetings, today, just a few days past now Publisher Emeritus Dave Paxton’s retirement party, I want to say thanks Dave for all you have done and do for the community and in your years of service as editor and publisher of the paper. In an era when newspapers in our area and nationwide strug…

Occasionally life gets in the way of planning. Like for any number of people who were dancing in the street last Monday thinking I was gone from the newspaper and saw my pick-up parked outside the building, for long periods of time all week. And this week as well. Requests for depression and…

Greetings, I want to share a story with you today from the Old Testament Book of Numbers, from chapter 13 and 14. The setting of the story is hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus. The Hebrews have been in captivity in Egypt for over 400 years suffering at the hands of cruel Egyptian t…

My last few days as a full-time newspaper editor and publisher have been remarkable. I started writing sports for pay in 1974 and in a 46-year career had never covered a state championship team. I don’t count my first year as a part-time weekend writer for the Waterloo Courier when they sent…

Greetings. First of all, a hearty congratulations to the State Champion Albia Girls Softball team and players and coaches. Hard work, commitment and determination over the season and a career paid off. In a year where so many things are not good news, this was a shot in the arm for everyone.

Greetings to everyone today. I can’t believe July is almost over! It has been a summer to remember but also to forget in so many ways. For those who have asked about my mom, Gladys, she is still in the Northern Mahaska Rehab Center in Oskaloosa and is doing well. I sure appreciate, as she do…

It is a strange feeling approaching semi-retirement, particularly when facing one of the busiest weeks in a career spanning 45 years. Officially I enter a 12-15 hour work schedule Aug. 1. Which basically means I’ve got between 45 and 50 hours of brand new retirement time on my hands.

We’re fortunate we have a governor who is not running for re-election this fall. Gov. Kim Reynolds has the ability to lead without schlepping for money and votes, making everything she does political.

As an old history teacher, my interest in everything reflects in the concepts and underpinnings of this country’s development and guidance under the hands of a sovereign God. Like all of us, none of it was done by perfect people. Only Jesus was without sin.

You are blessed when you have the opportunity to make friends with an older generation. But you’re saddened when you invariably outlive them.

In 1776, a man by the name of Thomas Paine wrote an electrifying pamphlet called “Common Sense.” It was only about 49 pages but its political and moral arguments for independence fueled the American Revolution. Paine appealed rationally to the cause of freedom. It is still in print today and…

In preparing for my retirement in another month, I cleaned out the office I’ve occupied for the past 30 years and moved to a smaller office across the hall. I’m guessing I tossed a small dumpster worth of stuff that I hadn’t looked at in years and our new publisher will have no use for.

Prayer. So much has been written about prayer and if there was ever a time Christians needed to pray, it is now. We need to be praying for one another; for our nation and world. Prayer allows us the awesome privilege to talk to the Lord and come into His presence. I would be totally lost wit…

Greetings. Hope and pray all of your are well. One of my favorite Bible stories can be found in the Book of Daniel. The entire book is an account of one of the greatest men in the entire Bible, Daniel. The book is a prophetical book and yet historical, written by Daniel in the second century…

I just have one question for the young anarchists, Black Lives Matter agitators and Democrats who sit idly by while the country burns.

There’s any number of quasi socialist/communist organizations emboldened by the current racial tensions the United State finds itself in. One that started sending me e-mails is WFAN (Women’s Food and Ag Network) which sound innocuous enough. Something that might be a place for FarmersOnly.co…

Trust is a valuable commodity these days. The reason is because it seems to be in such short supply. Selfish ambition, greed, and a look out for number one mentality are just three common reasons for that. But in an era where there is so little trust, we can trust God.

The last two weeks I have waded into the growing issues of racial tension and the continuing Covid 19 issue. Today. No. It’s not that I don’t have more to say, I do. It does indicate that I am sick of the bias and madness that is sweeping our nation so many ways.

My parents were in their mid 40s when America was set on fire during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and the Vietnam War protests. I’m pretty sure they were terrified, not only because they had two draft age sons, but the safety and security my dad thought he had helped establish by f…

The first car I ever (sort of) owned was a 1965 Mercury Comet my brother and I got from our grandfather for painting his two-story farm house. That was in 1968. My brother drove it a couple of years before he went off to college and it was handed down to me in 1970 and I drove it until I wor…

For the last few days, I have debated what I wanted to share with you today. I decided I want to talk about a passion for Christ and what wonderful things it brings us. But I have to share one last time some insights on the racial situation that has even stretched into the Iowa football program.

I’ve felt halfway sick to my stomach all weekend, starting with what seems like endless replays of George Floyd being choked to death by a Minneapolis police officer while three other officers stood by and did nothing and seeing cities around the United States being torched by people who fra…

Greetings, grace and peace. One week ago, in my column, I mentioned how much I feared for the future of this country. I mentioned we needed national renewal and revival. That was one day before the riots we have witnessed over the last six days. In the time from when I wrote that until today…

Hallelujah! We’re going to have summer baseball and softball. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me feel, even with the seemingly endless rules governing the opening. You might get some eye rolling, but players and fans aren’t going to balk at all about how we’re going to have to play.

Greetings. I hope all of you had a good Memorial Day. I know for virtually all of us it was very different. Again, please keep my mother in your prayers. She is doing well but the concern about the Covid 19 in care centers is a concern. I have never felt as lost and helpless as I do now. Wit…

Three community newspapers from really fine cities (Centerville, Knoxville and Pella) were closed last week. For the guy who operates three newspapers between those three communities it was a shock.

Grace and peace. One of the things I have been doing a lot lately is pray. I hope you do as well. As restrictions have loosened, we are seeing increases in cases. My mom continues to be miraculously recovering but now there are two cases in her care and rehab center among staff.

Greetings to all of you today. Today, I want to share some scriptural insights with you, but, I want to vent a little as well. We are over two months into the Covid 19 pandemic. Over one million cases have been registered in America and over 75,000 have died. Over one third are the elderly a…

I saw my barber Dave at the hardware store and started to tear up. Frankly, he looks a whole lot worse than I do. I’m not sure who barbers get to cut their hair, but it’s likely he needs to go there before he starts cutting regular customer’s hair.

Don’t look for any whining from this newspaper guy involving the Coronavirus. We’ve taken it in the shorts as a business, but we’re still open and running. The counties my newspapers serve have one COVID-19 positive test between them. I have been able to be with my kids and grandkids through…

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day. Pretty special day for everyone. It always has been for me. Maybe more so this year as my mom is still recuperating from a very bad fall. For 67 years, I have not missed being with my mom on Mother’s Day. This year, it looks different thanks to the Coronavirus. Y…

Greetings. As we continue to deal with the Covid 19 virus in our world, I hope that with some relaxation in restrictions, that you will still be careful. And especially continue in prayer for our nation and many who stand in the breach and people you know. As always I want to give you an upd…

Is it just me, or is the progressive, left-wing media and Trump haters in politics pulling for the country not to come out from under COVID-19’s destruction of the economy? Is it possible that these people so hate Donald Trump that they would punish and continue to punish citizens and citize…

This is me being really selfish and probably short-sighted. Sorry, I can’t help the way I feel. And Gov. Reynolds, with her invitation to allow Iowans to vent, gives me permission to grieve. The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union canceled the enti…

Tuesday afternoon it was crisp and cool, but the sun was out making it perfect for a walk around the woods with my dog. It was so nice, I got my tractor and loader out and started doing a dirt moving project, filling a couple of holes in the steep side of our pond and preparing to move some …

Doing what I do about every Monday morning, grabbing a cup of coffee at a local convenience store, I ran into a guy I know who was heading to work. “Staying out of trouble?” he asked. It was that question guys ask each other all of the time, more in the way of “Hi, how ya doin’?” as opposed …

With all the talk about the Coronavirus, I want to purposely change gears today. I still wear a mask and gloves and social distance and hope you are wise. I hope your prayers are focused on this crisis, but I want to give you something else to think about.