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If you’ve lost someone to suicide, I know you’ve been asked multiple times, “Do you know why?” I’ve settled on, “I don’t think we’ll ever know,” or “He’s the only one who knows and if we could talk with him,...
Am I racist? There are people in the news whom I wouldn’t hesitate to toss in that category. I haven’t done what they’ve done, and I don’t have a white robe and pointy hood in my closet, so I’m...
To the editor: If you’re weary of the political ads and looking beyond Nov. 6 -- start planning your creative entry for the Carnegie Library Museum’s Festival of Trees! If you like decorating trees or wreaths or making any type of...
Imagine your child or teen sharing a concern with you. You discuss the issue and encourage your daughter or son to speak up about it at school. When s/he arrives home the next day, you ask, “How did it...
Members of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) had a social gathering Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the house of past president and current treasurer Myrna Whitehead. The meeting focused on developing the members’ first scrapbook. Each P.E.O. sister will complete a...
Shouldn’t it be obvious who to pick from a crowd to be part of your bit? Maybe one of many people jumping up and down making the crowd look like popcorn popping? Someone obviously enthusiastic to be part of...
Thanks, GOP-controlled Iowa legislature, for being such good stewards of taxpayers’ money. It’s thrilling to realize all the funds that were saved by the bills passed in your most recent session. How wonderful to cut a reading program for our...
An item in a local publication recently told of Betty Mae Harris’ contributions to Perry. While I have name recognition with Betty Mae Harris, it’s Dixie Sheets -- the other half of the photo -- who was the “teach”...
I attended one of those corporate training seminars eons ago in which we were paired off and told we had 30 seconds to get our partner’s highlighter. I don’t remember the exact instructions, but people did all sorts of...
It’s good for people to align their skills sets with the requirements of the job. It usually maximizes one’s potential, increases job satisfaction and decreases stress. I don’t want my police officers to be bad at de-escalating situations, for instance,...