Ross Rambles: Our policy can be defined as insane
In 2011, President Barack Obama all but declared victory in Iraq, "Today, I can announce that our review is complete, and that the United States will pursue a new strategy to end the war in Iraq through a transition to full Iraqi responsibility. This strategy is grounded in a clear and achievable goal shared by the Iraqi people and the American people: an Iraq that is sovereign, stable, and self-reliant."...
I have not done much reading lately. Too many other things on my plate. But I have been listening to what's being buzzed about at the READit Book Discussion group that meets each Thursday at the Cherokee Public Library. The following books have been talked about more than once in the last several weeks:...
Ross Rambles : I see no conspiracy against Weede
I've known Cherokee Middle School Principal Larry Weede for more than 20 years. I believe him to be a skilled and compassionate educator. I've known John Chalstrom for less time, but have contacted him frequently during that time, and I believe him to be a knowledgeable and conscientious administrator...
At The Library
Ah Spring! Finally! It is especially nice to see so many people coming into the library without all that heavy winter gear, so liberating for everyone! I am having such fun decorating the children's library for spring. Light colors and cheerful decorations, featuring books about planting and growing things, non-fiction wildlife and outdoor activity books, stories about spring and lots of bunny books...
Ross Rambles: I'm fine with death tax
Many conservatives oppose the national estate tax, sometimes called an inheritance tax. Opponents also refer to it as a death tax. This term is supposed to make the tax seem more odious, but the term has the opposite effect as far as I'm concerned. Taxing dead people is far better than taxing living people since dead people have no use for money...
Libraries, including the one in Cherokee, are funny places. There are some things associated with them that rarely change, and others that change so much and so often, it's hard to keep up. It seems like I spend more time concerned with the latter, but this column deals with one of those "we've always done it that way" topics...... the hours the library is open...
Special jacket for a special man
Cherokee Super Fan Kenny Bern will be quite recognizable in his new jacket as the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament gets under way today at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Bern, officially acknowledged as Iowa's Best Prep Sports Fan by the Iowa High School Athletic Association's special plaque presentation a few years ago, will attend his 70th Boys State Basketball Tournament this year and he wanted the IHSAA to know it with his new jacket...
Basic Biittner : Chitown loses a couple of legends
Fans of Chicago's major league baseball teams - especially the Cubs - have often been referred to as "long suffering." An apt term, perhaps, because both the National League 's Cubs and the American League's White Sox have been around for more than 100 years now, and fans haven't done a whole lot of post-season celebrating lately...
Ross Rambles: Relying on Netanyahu's advice
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking before a joint session of the U.S. Congress, issued a strong warning against an agreement with Iran that has yet to be written. Netanyahu has been warning us for two decades that the development of a nuclear weapon in Iran is imminent...
At The Library
I know that spring is peeking around the corner as I remain eternally optimistic that we will have more pleasant weather very soon. When I mention this to anyone, I am often met with the refrain" Yeah, yeah, yeah...!" I will keep my optimistic self firmly ensconced in the belief that it WILL warm up soon. I look forward to the school children getting off the bus at the library on early dismissal days rather than scurrying home to the warmth of their homes. The library is warm and comfy too!...
Ross Rambles : Republicans have an image problem
Although I strongly disagree with Senator John McCain on foreign policy, I have the utmost respect and admiration for the man. He apparently has compassion for common people that some other Republican leaders seem to lack. It's possible for a Democrat to be a snob, but Republicans have a particular image problem that effects their potential to win a nationwide election in the future...