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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Ross Rambles: Tedious report changed to vivid prose (12/19/14)
I once received both a compliment and a criticism about the way I report standard news events such as city council meetings. I was told that my reports were accurate and clear but not exciting. I had thought that "accurate and clear" was about the best that could be expected from a routine meeting article. Upon reconsideration, I've decided that I could breath some life into these stories...
Library News (12/17/14)
I love elves. One of my cherished family heirlooms includes a pair that used to sit on my grandma's corner cupboard. One has a red and white striped suit and the other the same in green. They reside in my china closet all year long and I really enjoy seeing them each day. Not all elves are just apparent at Christmas!...
Ross Rambles: The means are the ends (12/12/14)
During an interview with the Britsh Broadcating Corporation in February of 2008, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defended torture, claiming that it is not necessarily barred by the Constitution: "Is it really so easy to determine that smacking someone in the face to find out where he has hidden the bomb that is about to blow up Los Angeles is prohibited under the Constitution?" Scalia asked rhetorically...
At The Library (12/10/14)
Dear Children, Slowly we go, step by step...closer to the holidays and a long school vacation. The library would be a handy place to go to get away from the cold weather, the holiday noise and traffic, and all those extra people at home when you need a little quiet time. Plus there is so much to do: books (of course), magazines, games, puzzles, always a craft project set out AND peace and quiet!!...
Basic Biittner : Legacy (12/08/14)
The word "legacy" has been bandied about a great deal in recent years,, especially when it comes to presidents of the United States. It seems like near the end of the term of every man who has recently served in that position, the media begins to speculate what that president's "legacy" will be. Usually, they choose a particular policy or program the president established during his term which they feel will affect society for an extended period of time - for better or worse...
Ross Rambles: It's broke, but we can make it worse (12/05/14)
I recently wrote a column about the groupthink orthodoxy of both liberal and conservative media pundits who support military intervention in Iraq. There is animated disagreement, largely for cosmetic purposes, on the form this intervention should take, but there is general agreement that we must interject ourselves in a 1,400-year-old struggle between Sunni and Shia factions, because, although this has had disastrous effects during the past two decades, this time it will be different...
Library News (12/03/14)
It's beginning to look like Christmas at the Cherokee Public Library. Please stop in and take a break in our atrium. The tree decorated with gold is always a favorite with our patrons and the area is a wonderful place to relax and read a holiday magazine or book...
Ross Rambles: Do Iowa veterans get good medical care? (11/28/14)
Recent allegations of misconduct and incompetence have marred the reputation of veterans' hospitals around the country. The allegations primarily result from long wait times, including at the hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader...
At the Library (11/26/14)
Welcome to the full account of late autumn! Cold out there lately, is it not? Well, come to the library after school, children. It is a great place to read, do homework, play games and meet with your friends to buddy-up on school projects. As a student, the library was always my go-to place when it was too cold to be outside, or our outdoor sports were done for the season. ...
Basic Biittner: My annual case for the 'Forgotten Holiday' (11/24/14)
On Thursday our nation will be celebrating something called Thanksgiving Day. Last I heard, it was some kind of national holiday or something. Never hear much about it anymore, though. It seems like the media and stores start whooping it up for an unofficial holiday called Hallowe'en about mid-September, and as soon as that passes, they go into full pre-Christmas mode...