I’m not exactly sure the political strategy of mass e-mailing newspapers campaign lies, fundraising pleas and the like, because if I actually opened every e-mail, I would sit at my desk eight hours and get nothing else done. It is not a good plan for semi-retirement.

Since the 2020 presidential election has turned into an “identity politics” circus, created by Joe Biden and his handlers when he announced he would name an African American woman to be his running mate, I’d like to make this observation.

You are blessed when you have the opportunity to make friends with an older generation. But you’re saddened when you invariably outlive them.

In preparing for my retirement in another month, I cleaned out the office I’ve occupied for the past 30 years and moved to a smaller office across the hall. I’m guessing I tossed a small dumpster worth of stuff that I hadn’t looked at in years and our new publisher will have no use for.

I just have one question for the young anarchists, Black Lives Matter agitators and Democrats who sit idly by while the country burns.

There’s any number of quasi socialist/communist organizations emboldened by the current racial tensions the United State finds itself in. One that started sending me e-mails is WFAN (Women’s Food and Ag Network) which sound innocuous enough. Something that people on FarmersOnly.com might go to.

My parents were in their mid 40s when America was set on fire during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and the Vietnam War protests. I’m pretty sure they were terrified, not only because they had two draft age sons, but the safety and security my dad thought he had helped establish by f…

The first car I ever (sort of) owned was a 1965 Mercury Comet my brother and I got from our grandfather for painting his two-story farm house. That was in 1968. My brother drove it a couple of years before he went off to college and it was handed down to me in 1970 and I drove it until I wor…

Hallelujah! We’re going to have summer baseball and softball. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me feel, even with the seemingly endless rules governing the opening. You might get some eye rolling, but players and fans aren’t going to balk at all about how we’re going to have to play.

Three community newspapers from really fine cities (Centerville, Knoxville and Pella) were closed last week. For the guy who operates three newspapers between those three communities it was a shock.

I saw my barber Dave at the hardware store and started to tear up. Frankly, he looks a whole lot worse than I do. I’m not sure who barbers get to cut their hair, but it’s likely he needs to go there before he starts cutting regular customer’s hair.

Don’t look for any whining from this newspaper guy involving the Coronavirus. We’ve taken it in the shorts as a business, but we’re still open and running. The counties my newspapers serve have one COVID-19 positive test. I have been able to be with my kids and grandkids throughout the six w…

Is it just me, or is the progressive, left-wing media and Trump haters in politics pulling for the country not to come out from under COVID-19’s destruction of the economy? Is it possible that these people so hate Donald Trump that they would punish and continue to punish citizens and citize…

Doing what I do about every Monday morning, grabbing a cup of coffee at a local convenience store, I ran into a guy I know who was heading to work. “Staying out of trouble?” he asked. It was that question guys ask each other all of the time, more in the way of “Hi, how ya doin’?” as opposed …

For a long time I thought the coronavirus was a joke. Overblown by a national media wanting to bring down President Trump. I still think part of that is true. But I’m not laughing.

I don’t want to be flippant about the Coronavirus, but gee whiz, if you listen to MSNBC or any of the nightly news programs, even Fox News, you’d think we are in the Dark Ages and the plague is wasting the world.

I have watched my retirement accounts get blasted by stock market gyrations caused by the coronavirus panic and watched endless minutes of news describing the disease in almost apocalyptic terms.

Word of my pending (semi) retirement is getting around and I’m getting a lot of “attaboys” and a few “it’s about damned time.” I’m also getting some pretty good advice from friends who have been retired; like how to stay out from under the feet of your wife.

The news from the Iowa High School Athletic Association in football brightened my day.

Having had a Hindu Rotary Exchange student in our home for a year and remembering the conversations we had about his religion and specifically “karma,” if I actually had been convinced, I’d say the Iowa Democrat Party is suffering from some serious bad karma.

Like a lot of people led by 21st Century “progressives,” the United Methodist Church is imploding under the almost insane leadership of people like Iowa Bishop Laurie Haller. Everything about Bishop Haller is about feelings over fact.

My wife created a “new normal” the end of October when she moved in with her dad as he entered hospice care for terminal cancer. We lived together, apart, maintaining two households until mid-December when I moved in with her to help with his mounting care needs.

For the past 79 years, the Iowa Historical Society has published quarterly “The Annals of Iowa,” a journal of Iowa history that the newspaper has received like clockwork for all 38 years I’ve been around.

One of my favorite “poisen pen” letter to the editor writers, Jerry Ethell of Milo, died at the age of 82. A native of Lovilia, I never met Jerry, but printed dozens of her letters to the editor and had even more that had the “not for publication” line before the letter.

These are difficult times in the Paxton household as we do end of life care for my wife’s father, who still remains in his home and defies medical certainty. You gain incredible perspective on life as you live moment by moment with the ravages of old age and cancer.

There is actually reward in being nice (particularly at Christmas) and I’ve pledged to do it more often.

My wife had read my editorial of a couple of weeks ago suggesting Congressman Dave Loebsack shutter his offices and end his term now as U.S. Congressman from our district if he didn’t do anything to get legislation like the USMC trade pact moving.

There is a lesson to be learned from the rescue of the 11 players and one coach from the flooded bowels of a Thailand cave, I mean other than not caving as the monsoon season approaches. And that is that the brotherhood of mankind can come together for a common cause and do good.

The past couple of weeks seems to have been filled with stories and events of people in misery. The hanging suicides of two prominent cultural icons, both vastly talented, successful and rich have dominated the news, to the extent of mental health experts fearing their will be others followi…

A guy walks into a Waffle House naked from the waist down carrying a semi-automatic rifle. It’s not the start of a tasteless joke. Four people are dead and a guy becomes a hero because he charged the shooter and got the gun away from him.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched…

When I read the story in USA Today coming out of the U.S. Supreme Court, I couldn’t help but hear any one of a number of venerable judges giggling as they rendered their verdict.

I got a pretty good fix on college football over the weekend and by mid-afternoon Monday I needed a break to gain mental room for Oklahoma-Georgia and Alabama-Clemson.

I got a pretty good fix on college football over the weekend and by mid-afternoon Monday I needed a break to gain mental room for Oklahoma-Georgia and Alabama-Clemson.

Somebody said once the only constant in the world is change. And we’re going to experience some change in 2018. Peering into January two big changes will affect the newspaper, one positive, the other not so positive, at least in the short run.

I have a brother-in-law who is a terrific guy, smart, talented, a career educator. He’s also a devout, extremely liberal teacher union Democrat living in Texas (land of the power conservative) and feels disenfranchised, demonized and downtrodden by President Donald Trump.

I got tangled up in a weird conversation swirling around all the allegations of sexual misconduct of men towards women. The question was pointed. Aren’t you ashamed to be a man?

This is the first Veteran’s Day I will observe in my 63 years without my WWII veteran father either by my side or a phone call away. My earliest memories as a little kid weren’t a grand birthday present or a beautiful Christmas tree, or even words spoken to me by my mother. It was of my dad,…

It’s been an interesting few weeks in my household. It started when in a moment of madness I auditioned for a community theater production of “The Odd Couple” and got the role of Oscar Madison. The movie and TV series have always been favorites of mine because I started out my career as a sp…

The national media simply cannot help marginalize themselves anytime and every time they cover something President Trump does. It is both comical and pathetic.

This week I embarked on an experiment to test a theory I have developed over the past few years by watching far too much Velocity TV. My wife rolls her eyes and heads upstairs to read a book or turn on our other television hooked to our satellite dish when I plop down in a chair and tune int…

There was a time when baseball was my life, at least in the summer. Coming from a farm family in the 1960s that raised lots and lots of hogs, there was still always time for baseball. My dad played in the 1943 state baseball tournament and loved the game (far more than he loved raising pigs).