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Editorial: HHD so much fun in just one place
Opinions/Editorials · July 31, 2014
Can you do it all at Hoover’s Hometown Days?

Jerry's Jottings: Countdown to the best of Hoover's Hometown Days
by Jerry Fleagle, Hoover Association · Opinions/Editorials · July 31, 2014
It’s here!
The weekend that brings home class reunions, former natives, guests and people looking to learn, have some great family fun and celebrate Herbert Hoover’s life.
And don’t forget the great fireworks and music.

Minds and Matter: Pardon our dust: Phase I changes starting at schools
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · July 31, 2014
Work on the Phase I prioritized projects of the 15-year District Facilities Plan has begun as promised.

Letter: Math on RICL money not in farmers’ favor
Opinions/Editorials · July 31, 2014
The dollars farmers get from the Rock Island Clean Line transmission line won’t pencil out.

Editorial: Uncomfy ... in a good way
Opinions/Editorials · July 24, 2014
West Branch makes us ... uncomfortable, in some ways — ways that we think are good.

Soapbox Philosophy: Remember to keep much outdoors
by Gregory R. Norfleet · Opinions/Editorials · July 24, 2014
Here is a phrase I would like to see event organizers use with continued or even greater frequency: “In case of rain … this event will move indoors.”

Guest column: After 30 years of waiting, it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to her
by Joanne Salemink, Sandwich Mom on Wry · Opinions/Editorials · July 24, 2014
Editor’s note: West Branch’s Joanne Salemink, a teacher at West Branch High School, was as devastated as a teenager could be when she missed out on Billy Joel tickets in “1984-ish” when the Piano Man came to Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Some 30 years later, she landed a single ticket to finally see him in Chicago, at Wrigley Field. She wrote about her trip in her blog, Sandwich Mom on Wry,, in a humorous piece entitled, “Keeping the Faith,” and agreed to allow us to republish it here.

Senate Update: Taking big steps toward better Iowa water
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · July 24, 2014
Heavy rains this summer have brought trouble, misery and headaches to many Iowans. Stream flows are up in most parts of the state, and shallow groundwater is getting back to normal.

Letter: Separate Christ’s work from political strategy
Opinions/Editorials · July 24, 2014
Let us value perspective in our use of principles as governing tools.

Editorial: Success in the field, track
Opinions/Editorials · July 17, 2014
Excuse us if this seems a bit late, but we could not let another week go by — storms or no storms — without recognizing the fantastic efforts by our West Branch High School track and field athletes from the past season.

Soapbox Philosophy: Signs of spring against summer backdrop leads to ...
by Gregory R. Norfleet · Opinions/Editorials · July 17, 2014
Hey, kids — perhaps you can help me figure this out. I’ve got this hunch that something is going on.

Main Street Matters: Don’t let storms wash away assets
by Mackenzie Krob, Main Street West Branch · Opinions/Editorials · July 17, 2014
There is no debate that the recent rains have wreaked havoc upon our community. Events like these are never one’s choosing. But in the darkest clouds, if we choose, we can see a silver lining.

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