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Pedley's Ponderings

There are a lot of things that grind my gears – my kids’ whining, my old house, crabgrass…the list is endless. But there are some things I tend to ruminate on more than others. Here, dear reader, is a small snippet from my long list. ...

 

Evans: There's no escaping the chaos of war

The news out of Afghanistan last month about the terrorist bombing at the airport in Kabul brought fresh heartache – and old memories – to Iowa. A native of Red Oak, Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, 23, w...

 

Pedley's Ponderings

It’s never good when you wake up to multiple missed calls from one person. When I saw I had two from my dad on Tuesday morning, I already knew what he was going to tell me before I swiped to call back. My grandpa, Robert Pedley, had passed away in...

 

Over Morning Coffee

It's September and kids are back in school. As a retired high school teacher, I always feel nostalgic this time of year as I remember the students. When they stepped into the building, the halls came...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    August 26, 2021

Up is down, down is up

I generally despise traveling. Long road trips make me recoil, and plane rides have my legs feeling cramped before I even board the bird. Right now, though, I wish I was 35,000 miles above the ground. My and Kaity’s wedding date is fast approaching...

 

S-N Editorial

Marking a milestone at H-M-S Middle School It goes without saying that Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn’s new 5-8 grade building is night and day compared to its predecessor. A brief walk-through will reveal hulking ceilings, bright windows, open spaces and...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    August 12, 2021

Pedley's Ponderings

I'm no gardener. The only thing I'm good at growing is weeds, and I don't even try to do that. Nonetheless, our yard does feature a garden. It's under Kaity's charge, but she's taken a rather...

 

Ernst: A crisis of many sorts

A humanitarian crisis. A national security crisis. A public health crisis. That’s the reality at our southern border. We’re nearly seven months into the Biden Administration, and they are...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    August 12, 2021

Norm Borlaug and Dolly Parton: Two peas in a pod

It is hard to imagine Norman Borlaug ever joining in singing “Jolene” or “9 to 5.” I can’t picture him harmonizing in a heart-tugging rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” This is not...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    August 5, 2021

Pedley's Ponderings

It’s hard for me to think of a bigger waste of money and resources than the Olympics. Don’t get me wrong – I believe they should be held and I do enjoy the story lines, but the amount of cash pumped into getting this horse and pony show off...

 

Over Morning Coffee

It’s fair time in Iowa, and all across the Hawkeye State folks are flocking to the fairgrounds. After last summer’s lockdown, they’re looking forward to seeing old friends and neighbors at the...

 

S-N Editorial

It's been a while since we've all been able to get together for a little fun. With the pandemic shelving everything last year, folks were looking forward to a return to normal this summer. Local...

 

S-N Editorial

It’s happening in Hartley It seems like you can’t drive two blocks in Hartley without running into construction of some sort – not that anyone is complaining. There’s a ton of progress taking place right now in the City With a Heart. The...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    July 8, 2021

Pedley's Ponderings

I'm no Michelin-starred chef, but I do OK in the kitchen. I have a list of go-to favorites that play well with my family, and as long everybody's bellies are full, I'm content. My favorite cooking sur...

 

Jones: New child care legislation becomes law

This session, there were several child care bills brought forward in an attempt to increase child care workforce numbers, increase provider rates to maintain existing child care facilities, provide...

 

Ernst: President Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal puts American lives at risk

When an American president makes a decision on military deployment, the action sends signals to friends and foes alike around the globe. Take for example President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw t...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    July 8, 2021

Evans: It's difficult to stop the drive of progress

Controversy, of sorts, arrived in my driveway last week. There was no commotion. There were no protesters. No picketers. No chants about destroying the economy or caving in to China. In fact, there...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Pedley's Ponderings

Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the June 29, 2017 edition of the Sentinel-News. The editor’s 2012 Ford Focus is now completely paid off and rusting, and he wants a new Ford Bronco Sport. Unfortunately, there are no taxis in...

 
 By Bonnie Ewoldt    Opinion    July 1, 2021

Over Morning Coffee

Americans celebrated their independence before they were independent. In July of 1776, colonists heard the Declaration of Independence read aloud for the first time in Philadelphia’s Independence...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    June 24, 2021

Pedley's Ponderings

Aside from the usual house pets like our dog and cat, we host a variety of critters in our son's aquarium. This year, we scored a two-for-one special. Oliver and I swiped a few tadpoles earlier this...

 

Ernst: Water regulations burdensome for Iowans

A gut punch to Iowans. That’s the only way to describe the Biden Administration’s decision to roll back the previous administration’s Navigable Water Protection Rule. Sadly, for those of us who...

 
 By David Hoye    Opinion    June 24, 2021

The Writer's Pen

My wife Cheri and I, and our two children, had been living in a comfortable newer ranch-style home in Aberdeen, S.D., when through many different influences, we decided to take the plunge into horse...

 

The Writer's Pen

My kids and grandkids, and even my wife, shake their heads at my choice of electronic entertainment. I have a Zenith radio that I got in 1967 as a graduation gift and it is perfectly usable. I’ll...

 

Iowa legislators sound off on HF 743

In one of the most underrated bills of the legislative session, the Iowa Legislature found a way to make adoptions more affordable, with an ultimate goal of making them free. That’s right. Free adoptions. A few years ago, the state started the...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    June 17, 2021

Pedley's Ponderings

I like to think of myself as an optimistic cynic. I always hope things pan out positively, but rarely do dreams line up with reality. Such is the case this spring... er, early summer. Never has the phrase, “Is it hot enough for ya?” been worn so...

 

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