No Room At The Workplace

Over the weekend, two New York Times (credit to SI’s Richard Deitsch for highlighting these links on his Media Matters column this week) articles about unemployment in Europe and here in the United States, reaffirms my belief that the middle class is extinct, or on the verge of it…and it is time to create a…

Thoughts on Boston, Hockey, and a Beautiful Bulldog

A couple of thoughts from the week that was. A friend tweeted upon the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing Friday evening: Welcome relief & cheers at end of the day. Still a higher need to prevent more tragic weeks like this from happening. My reply to him: We can do…

Twenty Years

Today marks an anniversary many of us wished it would have never happened, nevertheless we observe, but in celebration of life, not in death. This evening, the Iowa Hawkeyes will take the floor at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to take on Wisconsin.  The 7 pm tip-off will also mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of…

A Little Help In Remembering a Dark Week in Iowa Sports

The start of the new year has been quiet and busy, but 2013 will mark some important events in history…particularly here in Iowa. Last week was the 30th anniversaries of the spectacular Simpson’s Furniture fire in Cedar Falls and the slaying of Black Hawk County public defender Alvin Davidson in front of the Brown Bottle…

Silent Night All Around

There is a sense of peace as I walked through downtown after Candlelight service at St. John’s Lutheran on this Christmas Eve.  It wasn’t an eerie sort of quietness, rather a calming quiet that has encompass Des Moines, a city I have called home for 14 years now.  Recently retired KCRG-TV sports director John Campbell…