Storm Lake Pilot Tribune blogs http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa en-us A diary, and a warning (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68642 As I write to you today, it is the anniversary of the day in 1944 when Anne Frank decided to re-write her diary as an autobiography (as I am reminded by Garrison Keillor’s delicious site, “The Writer’s Almanac.”) Maybe it is the fact that young Anne had aspired to be a newspaper journalist - a vocation that people like me take so thoroughly for granted - that makes her writing seem alive to me. The very fact that cruel history has so often sought to silence... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:22:23 -0500 The LaVar Ball Syndrome and Final Four thoughts (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/68618 In recent months a parent has been making national headlines in the sports world. No, it isn’t the parent of a middle school kid who fought a coach nor is it a parent who pushed pee-wee kids too hard in a practice. We are talking about a parent of a freshman at UCLA. A parent who has gone on the record saying many, oh so many, outlandish statements about what he could do against Michael Jordan. Yes, we’re talking about LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA freshman phenom Lonzo Ball... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:45:01 -0500 RIP: the retail chains (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68617 The times, they are a-changin’. And I’m not sure that it’s for the better. By my count, at least 19 retail chains have announced plans in recent weeks to close thousands of their stores in communities around the country in 2017, throwing a vast number of employees out of work. It’s a full-scale retail epidemic, but it hasn’t really registered with the public yet. The casualty list seems to grow by the day: 150 Sears and Kmart stores being shuttered... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:11:21 -0500 Going to Jamaica - on $25 (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68593 Can’t even stand looking at my Facebook feed any more. Is there ANYBODY I know who isn’t on vacation in some wonderful, warm, exciting place right now? Oh, but I have a solution for those of use without a travel burget. May I suggest the most exotic vacation imaginable, sightseeing in exotic locales like Jamaica, Holland, Madrid, Delhi, East Puru, Manilla, Rome, Macedonia, the Orient, Berlin, Cairo, Brazil, Columbia, Florence, Denmark, Jordan, Lebanon, Santiago, Yorkshire,... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:10:22 -0500 De-clutter, and move on (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68577 In the book “The Life – Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” author Marie Kondo describes the Zen-like approach of of cleaning your house, organizing, and getting rid of stuff that ‘does not have any meaning to you’ at this point in your life. Kondo has become an icon to many, to the point of her last name used to convey the meaning of throwing away, yet purposefully deciding what items need to move on from your household, office, and garage. In viewing a recent... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:34:23 -0500 Big Bird vs. Big Orange (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68576 The president is taking a media beating for proposing a 100 percent cut for public broadcasting. Placing the big yellow bird and the big orange politician in the same panel is just too juicy for the cartoonists to resist. These images may be one reason the president’s approval rating has sunk to 37 percent, the lowest for any administration this early in the term since the polls starting in the 1940s. Now you could make the case that at up to $3 million a pop in public cost,... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:33:45 -0500 Lawsuit’s over, responsibility isn’t (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68575 The demise of the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit that targeted our county and two others is good and overdue news, if it in fact ends this lengthy court struggle that has pitted rural against urban and producers (crops) against consumers (water.) But that doesn’t mean the responsibility to do better ends here. In fact, water quality is an issue that should concern us all - and it shouldn’t require being sued to get our attention. Since this suit was filed, progress has... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:32:24 -0500 A time to forgive (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68574 We are well into Lent, and I thought I would take a time out from the usual musings to perhaps concentrate on a bit of uplift, a bit of reflection, because I think we need it. Not that I wasn’t tempted to get off on a tangent – the now on-fire Steve King “civilization” comment thing is beyond reproach (look for more yahoos around the state to see King’s comments as a go-ahead for more racist justification of more yahoo type stuff – hey, by the way,... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:31:12 -0500 Chivalry; Get OFF your cell phones!! (Through Shane's Eyes by Shane Schreck) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/shane/entry/68572 I’m going to open and close with this very clear and concise statement; get OFF your cell phones!! If we spent as much time with our children and wives as some of us do on our cell phones, we’d all have very strong relationships. It’s alarming to me how much time people are spending on their cell phones these days. Honestly, life is passing us all by whether we like it or not, and if we’re choosing to spend the majority of our free time on our cell phones; the most... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:34:11 -0500 A brouhaha that’s no accident (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68530 All the fuss and fury over Congressman Steve King’s provocative comments on race is based on a very mistaken perception - that King is tripping up, somehow, letting an unfiltered thought accidentally slip through on Facebook or Twitter or in the closing moments of some interview. The opposition, the media, even the more moderate segment of his own Republican party that leaps so predictable to crucify King after every extreme comment - “Didja see what he said NOW?” - is... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:13:19 -0500 Enter the Madness (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/68516 The field has been set. We now know the 68 teams that will be competing for the NCAA Championship through the next three weeks. For the next three weeks there will be blowouts, buzz beaters, seniors saying good-bye, and under the radar players introducing themselves to the world. There is a little bit of everything this year for the NCAA Tournament, and for once, no real major snubs. The only team that could make a case for being left out is Illinois State. Syracuse, Iowa and California all had... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:50:23 -0500 Leave town halls for townies (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68515 Some Republican Congress people are claiming that professional protesters are being paid to disrupt their town hall meetings with constituents, including our own Rep., Steve King. If that’s the case, I don’t know anyone who has any evidence to back this revelation up (not that evidence matters much in the current DC climate). Must be some cashed checks somewhere. It is easy to understand the GOP’s frustrations. Barely had they finished celebrating their sweep to... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:16:54 -0500 The Deep State and Bannon (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68514 Deep state’, loosely defined from Google (as we all know, is a loose definition unto itself), is a body of people, usually influential members of government agencies, such as the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation, and control, of government policy. White House spokesperson Sean ‘Spicey’ Spicer doesn’t rule out that concept, but in regards to the previous presidential administration. Deep state will go down as a 2017 term,... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:15:53 -0500 Love HER (Through Shane's Eyes by Shane Schreck) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/shane/entry/68488 We never have a set time, or place when “The One” walks into our lives. I’m going to talk about us guys today; however, it’s for all the women out there to know how they should be getting treated as well. Life is moving faster than it ever has before. Social media is causing havoc on our interpersonal skills and relationships in general. The problem is, it’s breaking down our basic human needs, and replacing them with selfish agendas. We have five basic needs as... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:32:52 -0600 Enough of this bull... (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68486 Sometimes, words just don’t cut it. I was struggling with the idea of putting something in this space recognizing International Women’s Day, but how in the world do you put into words what mothers, sisters, daughters, all of your female cohorts, dear friends, mentors, partners in life or mischief, mean to you? How do you explain the feeling of being a father and always reciting your daughter that shiny anthem that she can grow up to be anything she wants, with the gnawing... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:25:42 -0600 Customer service really does go a long way (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68485 I really appreciate customer service. So obvious, because who wouldn’t, right? In a world where we are overwrought with how-to, inspirational books, videos, posts, blogs, and whatever on providing great customer service, it’s surprising how many businesses don’t have a flippin’ clue on how to provide great customer service – nada, zip, none, mic drop out. Is it a secret that’s really that simple, or simple enough to overlook? We watch shows about... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:24:52 -0600 The ever-elusive truth (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68463 Right now, if someone in our federal government told me the sky is blue, I’d walk outside expecting it to be orange with green polka dots. The truth isn’t the truth anymore, it’s whatever we’re told truth is. Are you okay with that? It’s not even so much that we’re being lied to, that’s not new. The strange thing is that our leaders now seem to believe their own fantasies even as they make them up. George Orwell in his novel “1984”... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:46:56 -0600 “Laugh your way to Success!” (Through Shane's Eyes by Shane Schreck) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/shane/entry/68442 Well, it’s FriYAY today. I mention that specifically, because let’s face it; everyone at work tends to be a little less stressed on Fridays. It’s really no secret to why that is, because for a lot of folks, that marks the end of the work week. However, with today’s crazy world spinning faster than ever, our 24/7 365 workforce doesn’t always get that true Friday experience. So, it’s my attempt today to equip you all with a Friday mind set every day of the work... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:57:05 -0600 Crime of the century: Jerseygate (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68378 Houston’s finest are in hot pursuit of America’s public enemy number one, the fiend who made off with Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey. At this hour, The Jerseynapper remains at large as America cowers, in fear of the next strike. An around-the-clock watch of Navy Seals has been stationed around LeBron’s sweat band. Take our lives, but by all that is good, please don’t take our Super Bowl outfits... I can’t help but picture Sheriff Buford T. Justice... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:31:41 -0600 An early taste of spring: priceless (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68364 If you could bottle the feeling that a few days of rare springlike weather provides in mid-February in northwest Iowa, you would be one filthy nouveau riche son of a gun. A couple of days without a coat, maybe even in shorts, when we should by all rights be shivering with a high below freezing, is a beautiful thing. A poem written in sunshine, a preview of coming attractions, a get out of jail free card that reminds us that we are still mostly alive. I’m aware that by the time you... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:23:54 -0600 Who I’d vote for (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68363 I thought about this one quite a bit. In a time where we are knocking celebrities for political speak, there is one person I would endorse for public office if he ever ran (probably elsewhere than here, because of his citizenship status), and that would be Bono from the rock band U2. Crazy enough to get your attention to read the rest of this column, right? After the latest rounds of actors, and musicians speaking out about our current state of affairs (and come on, would you expect... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:23:11 -0600 “Best Version of Yourself” - Part 3 of 3 (Through Shane's Eyes by Shane Schreck) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/shane/entry/68362 I hope everyone out there is utilizing what we’ve talked about in previous weeks. If you’re using my road map correctly, you should have started feeling some empowerment and change in yourself. I took a little longer to release Part 3 for that very reason. I needed you all to let Part 1, and Part 2 linger in your minds for a while. So, with that, let’s wrap this up with Part 3. When it comes to IQ, the measure of intelligence is capped out around age 16 on average. This... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:13:18 -0600 Bright young people? Get rid of ‘em (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68321 Thank goodness for our Iowa political representatives out there fighting the good fight, ridding us of the scourge of DACA! Those kids are up to all manner of terrifyingly subversive activities. Like playing in the school marching band. Or going to soccer practice. Getting inducted into the National Honor Society. Trying to get part-time jobs, or a driver’s license. Hoping to get into college and continue their education. Wanting careers, and families in the country they love and grew... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:34:57 -0600 Soccer and hip hop (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68320 Funny thing about Americans – we really hold our passions close to our heart, to feel the thump, thump, thump of a collective beat. Football, process meats, beer, weekends, all this stuff are like sacraments you don’t screw around with. Maybe you can sneak in something like Taco Tuesday, or monster trucks, but as they say, when it’s lit, it’s lit, and people want more, and more. Globalization of culture brings things to the forefront in this same manner.... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:34:11 -0600 Is the regular season… meaningless? (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/68312 District and Regional play are bearing down on high school basketball like the mega-blizzard that’s hitting the east coast right now. Girls began regionals on Thursday night, boys begin district play next week, and it’s going to be a fun time for everyone involved. For the teams who went 20-0… and the teams that went… 1-16? Wait, what? The way our playoff system is set up for the state of Iowa, everyone gets a fair shot when it comes basketball... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:07:32 -0600 A matter of death and life (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68311 Obituaries are a bluesy reality in our business. Wrapping up a person’s existance - sometimes a century, sometimes only hours - in a half a dozen paragraphs. Grieving families do their best, but it’s just not possible to capture the essence of a life in a couple of hundred hastily assembled words. Or so I thought. Who was his first love? What did she think about when she looked at the stars? What were their dreams? We know they died, but how and why did they live? The... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:02:02 -0600 Let’s cool down a tad (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68310 Sick, sick, and sick.....I can’t find one redeeming quality about a cold. All this, and Led Zeppelin’s “Sick Again” plays on repeat in my head. Day Three, and I’m still stuffed up – trying to get better before next week, because my dance card is full, with work and music lessons. So, I’m taking a stab at cranking out a column, and I thought about it, and good golly, there’s a lot of stuff to write about, isn’t there? So I pick... hmmm,... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:01:21 -0600 What Jack LaLanne knew (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68266 You know, Jack LaLanne was right – you can do a fitness workout anywhere. LaLanne, who was the self described “sickly kid” who turned himself into one of the first health and fitness gurus, thus building a great brand, and business for himself along the way, was one of the earliest proprietors of getting up in the morning, and working out from the comforts of your home, first thing. Plus, he started on television in an era where women thought nothing of smoking during... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:37:37 -0600 The dreamer and the wizard (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68251 It was late in December, the sky turned to snow. All ‘round the day going was going down slow...” I came across the dusty college French textbook during an archeological dig in the attic the other day. Where the little window let a few rays of late autumn sun dance among the dust devils, I sat down, opened the book and thought about Bill and the old songs for the first time in too long. He was the intellectual wizard of the back row of French class that year. Our... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:43:10 -0600 Auditorium proves worth every buck (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68242 There are times you have to wonder if a big community project is worth the big cost. Rest assured. The Storm Lake High School auditorium should leave no such question lingering about in local minds. It’s not just that it’s being used, often and well. What impresses most is how the students “own” the joint. That’s what makes it worth all that green. In a span of three days recently, I watched a Swing Show filled with musical talent, wandered through an... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:58:36 -0600 Hey, it's Super Bowl time! (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/68225 Sunday is the big game. The one night a year where football fans and those who really like silly TV commercials all gather around different TVs with their adult beverages, sodas, pizzas, wings, chips, dips, and any other edible product one can enjoy during a football, sorry veggie plate fans. This year’s Super Bowl, the 51st, will be on Fox on 5:30 in the best standard of time, Central. We’ll be serenaded by none other than the immortal Joe Buck. Love him or hate him, I’m... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:45:07 -0600 King’s Pointe: It looks like opportunity (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68209 It’s a cool problem to have. The Storm Lake City Council has to choose between three capable management companies to take over King’s Pointe. And, the Storm Lake City Council GETS to choose between three capable management companies to take over King’s Pointe. The beauty of this situation is that on short notice, three experienced and savvy property management companies are so eager to compete for the opportunity to manage KP that they flew in their top dogs and... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:49:36 -0600 Building a border wall (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68208 There’s an old Chinese curse that states “may you live in interesting times,” and brother, after this week, you can’t get stuff that’s any more interesting than what’s been taking place with The Donald, er, sorry, President Trump, and this executive order business. He’s banned people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen (mostly Muslim -oriented countries... wait a minute, he forgot a few... hey, you better thrown in... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:48:52 -0600 Spectacle covered as a sport (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/68189 I’ve been noticing a trend with sports media, at least the big ones like your ESPN, NBC Sports and so on, that they’ve started to get back into the world of professional wrestling. ESPN has been really getting into it as of late with a weekly segment on one of their talking head shows, I really can’t keep track of them anymore, and even hosting a sub-site on the ESPN.com page. Recently I saw NBC Sports put out a “Royal Rumble” primer for Sunday’s WWE event... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:21:51 -0600 Girl Scout cookies: Resistance is futile (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68188 If we really wanted to make some bank, we’d hire the Girl Scouts of America to sell newspapers. We’d eclipse the Wall Street Journal’s circulation within an hour or two. You don’t need a fancy Madison Avenue marketing firm to be wildly successful in business, you need Girl Scouts - the most aggressive, unstoppable, irresistible sales force that the world has ever seen. The annual cookie sales make something north of $800 million - with a capital M - in a few... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:57:21 -0600 MTM: You made it, after all (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68187 Mary Tyler Moore’s timing as an actress was always impeccable. Moore, who passed away this week at age 80, seemed to say, to today’s phoenix-like women’s movement that has sprung up since President Trump’s election, “Well, girls, you can take it from here.” Moore was a television and movie icon whose roles in two seminal, classic t.v. shows - “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” - showed two different evolving... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:51:20 -0600 New park: let’s get a little skin in the game (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68186 You don’t tend to appreciate things much when they are handed to you. A teenager who has to work to buy his or her first car tends to take care of it better than one that’s handed out a sweet ride by a doting daddy. City officials foreshadowed during a parks and trails committee meeting this week that the new park slated for East 5th Street may require some fundraising, donations and volunteerism to be all it can be. They sounded almost apologetic that the city... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:50:16 -0600 We needed a kick in the tail (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68152 It’s possible that President Trump may succeed in “Making America Great Again,” by entirely different means than he envisioned. Amid a turbulent first few days in office, even in a country that seems hopelessly divided, there is plenty of reason for hope. The remarkable turnout for the Women’s March in Washington, and other similar events in Des Moines and around the country on the day following inauguration, should get our juices flowing. Not so much... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:16:51 -0600 “Best Version of Yourself” - Part 2 of 3 (Through Shane's Eyes by Shane Schreck) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/shane/entry/68130 In part 1 of my series, I talked about the fuel that's necessary to get the most production out of our bodies, which directly affects our mental clarity and overall wellness. I would like to kick off part 2 with the building blocks needed to truly make changes in the world each and everyday. Please read this with an open mind, wipe your slate clean with how you've been, and welcome how you could be. We all know that some of us, genetically, have what most people would... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:53:33 -0600 Selling your souls in the name of “student-athletes” (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/68106 There has been quite a hot button issue among sports journalists in the state of Iowa these past few weeks. An issue that most normal folks might not see as a huge issue but it is. The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa High School Sports Network have sold their souls to the almighty dollar. I’m not going to write a whole lot in this blog, instead I’m going to show a few screen shots from Twitter and let you, dear readers, draw your own conclusions on what this means... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:32:55 -0600 “Best Version of Yourself” - Part 1 of 3 (Through Shane's Eyes by Shane Schreck) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/shane/entry/68105 I'm going to expose you all to a three part series; “Best Version of Yourself”. I pondered the thought of just doing one blog on the subject, and quickly came to terms with the fact that I'd be doing myself, and everyone else an injustice. I've been very fortunate to be in the same company as some of the brightest people our great country has to offer. I tend to harness my own inner strength and drive with a combination of lessons learned and inspiration I've... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:49:08 -0600 Ice, ice baby (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68101 There aren’t a ton of perks to living in the northern tundra wasteland in the dead of winter, unless you happen to be a polar bear. All former kids, though, can recall one benefit - the glorious, gleaming gift from the gods of precipitation known as “the school snow day.” Insert sound of trumpets from on high here, and perhaps a chorus of opera divas trilling “hall-elujah!” These events were borderline national holidays, or at least northern plains cause... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:25:01 -0600 Respect given, respect earned (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68100 I always like to see what my fearless editor, as well as the other columnists for our fine publication, write for column topics every week. That’s obvious, because I don’t want to duplicate anything in my writing – you know, harrumph, here, here, and all that jib-jive. So, when Dana got on the Trump/Streep feud, that stole some of my thunder, but that’s okay, because I’m going a step further. The evening of that latest verbal debacle, during the Golden... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:24:06 -0600 High school basketball plus shot clock equals ? (View from the nose bleeds by Craig Shultz) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2060/entry/68061 I love basketball. I love seeing a group of five players working as a team to defeat another team working together. I love seeing the ball get passed to the open guy, playing the right way instead of jacking up a shot with a hand in your face. I love teams that box out when they rebound and try to start a fast break. I love it when that free throw swishes through the net. What I don’t like are missed free throws, poor risks on defense, oh, and the fact that high school has no shot... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:44:26 -0600 Socialism, here? (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68060 Socialism in America? What the heck, Bobby Joe? What’s our society coming to? Yeah, bring up the word “socialism”, say we’ve got in America, and some folks start to freak out a bit. Some can’t believe it, but it’s oh-so-common, right under our noses, yessiree. The reason for this column topic stems from another column I had written that prompted some comment from our family friend, Tim Humes. I had been throwing out some opinions that were... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:24:06 -0600 Streep v. Trump: Celebrity Death Match (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68059 It’s going to be a strange four years. The biggest story in the news this week appears to be the post-Golden Globes catfight that involves the most powerful person in the world. Oh, and Donald Trump too, I suppose. One of those glitzy deals where Hollywood types strut the red carpet and hand each other awards is a rather odd venue to lash out at the next president, isn’t it? And it’s even odder that this next president, who one would think would be busy... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:23:38 -0600 It's not easy being GOP (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68058 You would think these would be the days of wine and roses for the Republican Party. After all, they are to be in complete control of both the state and federal governments now, and they should feel giddy as a schoolgirl being tossed the keys to Dad’s Impala for the first time, right? The more I think about it, though, the more I imagine that the weight of the task ahead of them, in Des Moines and Washington, must weight heavy. With great power, they say, comes great... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:22:07 -0600 Work older, work smarter (Outside Looking In by By Mick Polich) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/2054/entry/68057 Looking at the hulking phenom called the NFL this season, it looks like the New England Patriots, led by 64 year old head coach Bill Belichick, are headed once again back to the playoffs, as we get into the heat of the run towards the Super Bowl . Sure as shinola, the Pats are even in the mix of chatter for a Super Bowl run. Belichick is six years older than I am, so I’ve been looking at what secret sauce he’s been taking to still stroke the fire, and keep putting out... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:21:11 -0600 “A Beautiful Mind” (Through Shane's Eyes by Shane Schreck) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/shane/entry/68017 We're all blessed with this amazing gift that has been, and continues to be, forged throughout our lives. I'm talking about our beautiful minds, and how we're not using them the way we should. We're all different, each and every one of us. At birth we all start fresh, memories, and how we react to anything and everything. What we seem to fail at, is acceptance for each other, and the fundamental respect we should have for our views. We all have obstacles in life that... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:57:23 -0600 What’s your Millenium Falcon? (Through the Looking Glass by Dana Larsen) http://www.stormlakepilottribune.com/blogs/1421/entry/68007 Don’t know about you, people, but I’m thankful for anonymity. It’s been a crappy dumpster-fire year to be a celebrity. The old saying is that deaths of famous people come in threes. This past year, they hit us in bunches, like a handful of rice hurled in your face by a jealous ex-boyfriend outside a wedding chapel. We lost The Greatest, golf’s King of Kings, a Prince, a sci fi Princess, a First Lady, and the El Comandante, with varying degrees of shock. We... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:46:25 -0600