The Ottumwa Courier


  • Why do they lie? Why do people lie like a plumber, telephone repairman or an electrician? You call a plumber to come and fix your drain. They tell you they will be there around 9:30 a.m. You stay at home and wait for them to come. Here it is -- 9:40 a.m. -- no plumbe

    June 19, 2013

  • Beep-tech I was reading about the new Google Glass that can be an app you attach to your glasses -- like having your own personal computer through the looking glass. Might be handy, I don't know. Or maybe it's just one more distraction to remove us from real l

    June 19, 2013

  • Can we afford to be 'lazy?' There's no question that a swimming pool or aquatic facility is a great asset for any community. And the concept of the addition of a lazy river to The Beach Ottumwa sounds pretty good. After all, it could prove popular among Ottumwans as well as vis

    June 15, 2013

  • Proud of Bridge View Center This past weekend, educators from around the state of Iowa and the Northwest Regional Director from Canada attended a convention held at the Bridge View Center. The women educators were members of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society that prom

    June 12, 2013

  • Plenty of summer fun in southeast Iowa region Time to don the shorts, shades and sunscreen. Now that school is out for the summer, southeast Iowa has a variety of events and family oriented fun that is sure to pique the interest of those looking for something to do close to home. Here's just a s

    June 12, 2013

  • No respect offered at funeral No respect for a deaf man at his mother's funeral. My friend didn't know what was going on in regards to his mother's funeral. He thought the hearse would take his mother to the cemetery. I told him no, cremation was the plan. His relatives did not a

    June 12, 2013

  • Thankful for excellent educators Editor's note: The following includes excerpts from a 1981 retirement for Alice Lee. While strolling by the shores of the Des Moines River, I ran into an interesting group. Now, you must understand that this wasn't the normal family group you often

    June 12, 2013

  • 0608 OTT Judge Joel Yates photo -L Who was James Otis? Most Americans can associate some names with our country's fight for independence from the English Monarchy, which began in earnest in 1775: Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Adams. Few, if any, would credit James Otis. Here is why they should. It

    June 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Don't bury your head like an ostrich Don't bury your head like an ostrich History teaches us about human nature. We learn from reading others' experiences through books, magazines, letters and photos. It allows us a treasured glimpse into the soul of man. Usually, we see the good in o

    June 8, 2013

  • A rush through paradise In last week's "Mini Page," the article headlined "Experience Gravity," it mentioned Isaac Newton and his apple. Now if this apple had fallen through a hole and another apple at the same time and same altitude in say, China, with equal force, fell th

    June 5, 2013

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