I took physics in high school. Perhaps the best way to describe the results is disastrous. And it was predictable, given my earlier difficulties in chemistry. There’s a reason I chose a career that isn’t connected to high energy experiments.
The midterms are over. I know many people are taking a sigh of relief that the political advertisements have stopped. While I’ve had the same thought cross my mind, the realist in me knows it’s only a matter of time before the presidential ads pick up for caucus season, especially here in Iowa.
I’ve talked here about sports in the past. If you’re a regular reader you already know I’m a Cardinals fan and keep close tabs on my hometown Cowboys. The Cards missed the playoffs with a late-season belly flop and the Cowboys don’t look like they’ll make it either.
Last weekend was a family gathering. While the circumstances were less than ideal — we were gathered for a funeral — it was nice to see extended family and reconnect with some I hadn’t seen in years.
A week ago we had the Ottumwa 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. I was the committee chair this past year, and things went well. Far more credit for that belongs to our committee members than myself, and I want to take a few minutes here to say thank you.
Puns are a sort of currency in the Courier’s newsroom. Every now and then we’ll go off on a tangent and spend 10-15 minutes trying to top each other’s jokes.
The Mueller investigation about Russian collusion has dominated the news for two years. Some have called the action by Russia an attack on America. The president has implemented economic sanctions but calls the investigation a “witch hunt”.
I don’t remember a time I wasn’t at least a little bit interested in astronomy and space. That’s what happens, I suppose, when your first movie in a theater in “Star Wars” and your Saturday morning cartoons were interrupted for Space Shuttle landings.
The recent shootout and manhunt on Ottumwa’s south side brought excitement to our community, to say the least. Our local law enforcement, and those who came from other communities to assist, deserve more kudos than I could ever give for keeping our community safe and apprehending the shooters.
Newsrooms get plenty of press releases from fringe organizations. If there’s a group out there advocating for the rights of left-handed crawfish to wear plaid on Thursdays, we’ll eventually hear from them.
This time of year, I find myself at home to basically eat and sleep. I’m lucky if I can even get dinner on the table some nights. My poor dog is probably ready to file a missing persons report on me.
We hear the same refrain just about every week on our Facebook page. I’ll post a link to a story, and then someone will chirp up to complain about the fact they’re being asked to pay for access to the story on the Courier’s website.
As all of you know, this week has been one with significant change for the Courier. It saw the departure of Wanda Moeller, the Courier’s editor since 2013 and publisher since 2016.
This year as we celebrate Thanksgiving, we should give thanks for the people who worked tirelessly in disaster relief. This includes people in the Red Cross, first responders, firemen, police, hospital staff, FEMA personnel, military and other volunteers.
My old friend Cindy Toopes died a week ago. If she’d heard me put a little too much stress on the word “old,” she would have responded, “Hey, watch it buddy ...” But she would have been smiling. Probably laughing. Maybe even blushing a little. She had a lot of heart.
Our newest reporter showed up this week with a coffee mug. That wasn’t really a surprise. I have yet to meet anyone in a newsroom who is not fueled by caffeine to a greater or lesser degree.
I’ll admit that I don’t get pop culture’s current affection for zombies. A shambling horde without the ability to think, plan or otherwise reason sounds more like a congressional hearing than a horror movie to me.
Both of my grandfathers were deployed to Britain during World War II. One was a mechanic. He worked on B-24 Liberators and, as far as I know, never left British soil during the war. Family lore says he came back with a slight British accent. That had to stick out in Louisiana.
Wednesday night I was reminded forcefully that fair, no matter how we may wish otherwise, is an aspiration rather than a requirement. Humans recognize the concept. Research shows several animal species do as well.
This Week's Circulars
- Prep football: Quintet of players named IPSWA all-state
- Judge expands more families Saturday
- Recount sought in local race
- Prep volleyball: Local players named to IGCA all-district, all-state teams
- Arizona St, Utah St advance to MGM Main Event title game
- Abuse defendant will claim diminished capacity
- Pekin, Fairfield play for Hall of Pride
- Parents should expect alert test
- Helping homeless kids living in cold cars
- Warmup on the way
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