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Posted May 16, 2022in Stray Thoughts

We are tired of waiting for our leaders to lead

Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for [...]

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Posted May 09, 2022in Stray Thoughts

Recent news has been hip-deep in irony

Irony has been so deep in recent days that we shouldn’t be surprised if people start walking around with their chore boots on or with the cuffs on their pants [...]

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Posted May 02, 2022in Stray Thoughts

This lawsuit needs sunshine, not secrecy

The legendary U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis once observed, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”Brandeis was not talking about everyday cleaning around the home. He was [...]

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Posted April 29, 2022in Stray Thoughts

Abby’s rhetoric was embarrassingly misguided

A common refrain from Democrats during Donald Trump’s years in the presidency was that he was undermining public trust and confidence in our courts with his talk of judges being [...]

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Posted April 29, 2022in Stray Thoughts

Is it OK for teachers to push some views?

I’m confused.  Some of our political leaders seemed to be talking out of both sides of their mouths about why it is wrong for public school employees to engage in [...]

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Posted April 21, 2022in Stray Thoughts

Iowa is losing its way on our public schools

By Randy Evans This is one of those times when people who have little appetite for politics need to pay attention — because a big change is coming that many [...]

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Posted April 06, 2022in Stray Thoughts

Ahart will be paid as much to relax fulltime as he would have been paid to work fulltime

Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart has been a lightning rod during the past three years over the way Iowa’s public schools have responded to the COVID pandemic. Ahart announced in [...]

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Posted March 28, 2022in Stray Thoughts

There’s more to being a leader than talking

  Through history, some political leaders have been outstanding orators. Boy, could they talk. They knew how to mobilize and move people with their words.   Think of Franklin Roosevelt and, [...]

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Posted March 14, 2022in Stray Thoughts

Lessons from a misguided pots-n-pans salesman

Many years ago, I sat at the kitchen table of a pots-n-pans salesman from Pleasant Valley. We didn’t talk about cookware. He was laying out with lots of precision why [...]

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Posted March 07, 2022in Stray Thoughts

School teaches taxpayers an expensive lesson

Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart has been a lightning rod during the past three years over the way Iowa’s public schools have responded to the Covid pandemic. Ahart announced last [...]

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