Opinion

I rarely see a few of my neighbors, but for some reason, when I do encounter those certain few, I look like a crazy woman. Take last Sunday, for example. One of those rare neighbors walked down his driveway just as I was carrying a big, dead bloody opossum down the road on the top of a board with...
As journalists, we rely on open government and freedom of information principles to keep the public informed about its government. Sometimes, we are met with roadblocks. Sunshine Week, which is spearheaded by the News Leaders Association, champions open and transparent government at all levels....
The Irish have an eloquent way about them and their blessings are almost like poetry. It seems they have a blessing or toast for every occasion and every celebration including those that hallmark the milestones in life. From greetings to marriage and even death, a well-expressed verse in the form...
As we’re in the second decade of the 21st Century I think many of us have thought that the future would be different. A few years back there were a series of commercials that talked about the present day and the future. One of the commercials asked “Where are the flying cars?” It was a nod to...
If gratitude can seep into your blood, my February blood donations are brimming with it. My daughter Anna required multiple blood transfusions during her open heart surgery, a a procedure she underwent when she was just seven months old. So, if my blood donation day happens to fall in February (the...
I was venturing back through some of my first columns and came across this Schneid Remarks from 1990 when I worked at the Waseca County News. I actually thought it was quite funny. I wrote this column about the art of refereeing basketball, something which I have always had a frustration with....
I’ll admit it. I struggled to find something to write about in this week’s column space. This wouldn’t be problem if I had a life. For this soon-to-be 58-year-old, living in the winter has become very routine. The simplified weekly schedule goes something like this: work Monday through Friday....
We’re definitely in January as temperatures are dropping and some days temperatures are only in the 20s. For the past few weeks we’ve had more temperatures that are below zero when you add in the wind chill. I hope most people are staying warm even if they do go outside for activities. Recently I...
I know quite a few people are going to be enjoying the next few days because it’s going to be in the 30 degrees Fahrenheit, which compared to the previous temperatures when it was in the single digits, it will feel like a heat wave. Am I being too optimistic? Probably, but sometimes you just have...
We are now into the first week of a new year and like every turning of the calendar year this one holds promise for what we can accomplish over the next 12 months. For some of us that is something such as losing weight, for others it’s taking a few more walks, while a few of us are hoping to cut...

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