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A thick flurry of flakes churns and swirls wildly, creating a crystalline wall of white. Gradually, the whirling slows and the gossamer flecks begin to drift and flutter gently, magically revealing a snow globe scene. more
Tone-deaf. That’s the dismal state of the political discourse in our nation these days. Regrettably, Iowa has an all-too-prominent role in this bumbling lack of awareness of how our democracy is being eaten away by the people who want to be our leaders. more
When I was a child, I thought Christmas would never come. The weeks dragged by while I wore out the toy sections of the Sears and Penny's catalogs hoping Santa might stop by. I always looked for … more
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt appealed to Americans to “make do” with what they had at the time. Throughout our … more
Different populations of people and animals usually live parallel lives and hardly acknowledge each other if possible; so it was with early Harrison County settlers and Native Americans. They … more
I am concerned about a Letter to the Editor printed in last week’s edition of the Missouri Valley Times. I am concerned because of the potential of that letter to do harm. more
Forgive me, but I don’t think Americans are as tough as we used to be. Specifically, I don’t think many of us see the big picture the way our parents and our grandparents did. I … more
More than eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic citizens, businesses, organizations and communities throughout Harrison County have been adjusting to a ‘new normal.’ Citizens have … more
I have seen two very sad things recently. In a video by German Professor of Psychology Dr. Franz Ruppert, a toddler is seen spontaneously “social distancing” from his toys. This is a … more
I’m tired. I’m worn out. My energy has been sapped. I am tired of getting up every day and bracing myself to learn who or what, in the dawn’s early light, the president has … more
“See if you can find five more of these.” Mom pressed a light brown button into my small palm, then resumed her stitching. The plastic circle was indented in the center and had four … more
The Midwest is noted for its extreme weather variations and its continental-type climate that includes wide temperature and moisture extremes within a year and from year to year. As a matter of fact, our region is in the midst of an extreme drought. Some parts of Harrison County, for example, have had only two good rains since Aug. 10, and Omaha has a rain deficit approaching a foot. more
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