Board’s job is to protect us all

Jean Matua “From the Heart” As Kimball’s largest employer, it is the job of the Kimball School Board to protect its employees, as well as its students and buildings.Every two years, we elect board members to represent our interests in this government entity charged with making decisions for the district. All “critical sector businesses” in…

Lessons from 9/11

Jean Matua “From the Heart” There were several documentaries and specials on TV this past weekend commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The series by National Geographic was particularly moving, combining footage before, during and after the attacks with present-day interviews of those -people involved. The videos are available…

We must all agree on one thing: Stop the hate

Somewhere along the line, within the past several years, our society has become the most divisive I’ve ever seen it. It is far more than mere disagreements (about politics, religion, race, police, socioeconomics, all of the things that make up our society). We all learned as kids – I hope – how to disagree with…

Thanksgiving

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919 We walk on starry fields of white    And do not see the daisies; For blessings common in our sight    We rarely offer praises. 

A thank-ful Thanksgiving

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Thanksgiving this year will be different for us all, no matter what our plans were – or are. That is an immutable fact. The world is different this year. And we are different this year. So this year, we each have a choice: We can grumble and gripe about what…

This is the perfect time to come together

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Over the past weeks and months, even the most casual observer would notice that “We the People” are pulling apart over several dividing lines. Whatever your stand on any side of any of these issues – and even if you’re doing your best to straddle them all so as to…

‘Minnesota Nice’ is toxic

By Jean Doran Matua One of the things Minnesota is best known for is our “Minnesota Nice.” It may be tied with our cold winters. We may feel like we earn a badge of honor each year we survive the winter. But we are very proud of our “Minnesota Nice.” It’s a true badge of…

We must first try to understand

By Jean Doran Matua It is said, “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.” In the wake of civil unrest following the murder of a black man in police custody, I have seen a lot of judging and not very much walking. This, in a big way, is the downside of…

Imagine, if you will …

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Trigger warning: If you have already set your mind and heart on who are the good guys and bad guys in all the chaos and turmoil in this past week, then please jump to the next article over. This is not for you. However, if you are open and want…

Imagine, if you will …

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Trigger warning: If you have already set your mind and heart on who are the good guys and bad guys in all the chaos and turmoil in this past week, then please jump to the next article over. This is not for you. However, if you are open and want…