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The Opiate Epidemic

I was listening to the radio on my way top work this past Tuesday when a report came on regarding Opium use and availability on the streets in our State. Basically, it came down to a synthetic opioid that is seven to ten times more powerful than morphine and is highly addictive.I did some ...

How Did Iowa Become The First Caucus State?

I went to my first caucus on Monday, Feb. 3 at the Emmetsburg Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.I was both nervous and excited at the same time since I really wasn't sure what to expect.So what I am really curious about is: How did Iowa become the first state to caucus? The following ...

The First Three Months

It has been three-months since I brought my beloved Husky puppy, Balto, home from the vet. I wrote about him in November when I got him. I talked about the four-month-old puppy that did not impress the older Chihuahua, while Tucker the Maltipoo tried showing him who was boss, and my cat, Boot, ...

Were You Bullied in School or Just Picked On

We hear about it all the time. A student is bullied by peers, drops out of school or the ultimate worst thing - commits suicide, but I wonder what was it like for you in school.I was thinking about school the other day. It's been 38 years since graduation and 45 years since those important ...

How Will You Use Your Tax Refund?

The Internal Revenue Service announced they are accepting tax returns, so how will you spend your money? The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach section has some good tips when it comes to your income tax refund. The following are some highlights of the Plan Smart Ways to Use Tax ...

The Surprising Benefits of Being an Introvert

Have you ever met a person that seemed unfriendly, shy or antisocial? Maybe you've even gotten the impression that they are lonely. The person you have met is probably an introvert. There are a lot of misconceptions about introverts, but in many cases being an introvert can be an asset.I ...

Coming Our Way — Popcorn Day

What's not to like about popcorn? Whether you pop it at home or get some from the Riviera downtown, popcorn is really a great snack.From time to time we receive information from the National Popcorn Board. They have informed us that Sunday,?Jan. 19, is National Popcorn Day. Here's what they ...

“Big Brother” is Watching Our Every Move 24-7

Creighton University Professor Guy McHendry, Ph.D. has conducted extensive research that examines the ripple effects of surveillance on our society and bias in surveillance technology. He says people may not realize how often they are observed, or the amount of data collected about them."I have ...

Only 47 Days Until the First Day of Spring

After this past weekend, I'm so ready for spring and it's only 47 days away!Spring begins with the vernal equinox, which always occurs on March 19, 20, or 21. This year spring falls on Thursday, March 19 at 11:50 p.m. EDT.The word equinox comes from two Latin words meaning "equal night." On ...

Capitalism vs. Socialism What is the Difference?

I have stated in editorials before that I try to never get involved in political conversations. Everyone believes one way or another and that is their right. It is also their right to voice those opinions to anyone.I thought it might be a good time to compare socialism vs. capitalism so people ...