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Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm," before becoming doctors. more
It’s been almost two months since my wife told me I should do a story on Juuling, and while I usually try to be more attentive to her suggestions, this one got put on the back burner. more
My heart sank when I saw The Des Moines Register published the name and jail mug shot of a North Scott seventh-grader on its front page last week. more
If you type the word downsizing at Google.com, I suspect you won’t see a photograph of people having fun. more
Jan. 25, 1979: The Eldridge City Council voted to ask the Iowa State Liquor Commission to investigate the feasibility of opening a liquor store in Eldridge. more
It was abruptly back to reality on the home front for Linda and me, including digging out from a winter storm last Saturday, after a long anticipated week with our children and their families on a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean. more
Jan. 8, 1979: The “Great Blizzard of ‘79” wreaked havoc when 17 inches of snow smothered the area on Jan. 13, 1979 – on top of 11 inches still on the ground after New Year's – a 28-inch accumulation. more
In a make believe world, let's suppose that caravans of people from Clinton County were coming to Scott County and we decided to keep them out – by building a wall at the county line. more
There was a brisk wind blowing across Highway 61 late Sunday afternoon as I stood on the shoulder of the road waiting for, well, I really didn’t know what to expect. more
Jan. 5, 1994: NSP publisher Bill Tubbs, who was president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, editorialized against a decision by nine area hospitals to not timely release news about births for fear of abductions. Information about newborns was a popular feature in The NSP. more
"A newspaper without an editorial page is like a baby born without a heart." more
I hope that months from now, a 12-year-old well known to many from the North Scott School District is out of juvenile detention, with a loving family, back in class somewhere, and experiencing the joys of his teenage years. more
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