Category: Ward Degler

Opinion: My grandson was 25 last month

We celebrated my grandson’s 25th birthday last month. He brought his 2-year-old son down from Minnesota, and we met at my daughter’s home in Missouri. There was the usual ice cream and cake, of...

Opinion: Why I joined the Navy

My wife asked recently why I applied for a commission in the U.S. Navy when I had already spent two years in the Army. Good question. After all, I had served my country honorably...

Opinion: Invasion of the purple flowers

Commentary by Ward Degler It’s called lanium amplexicaule, but most folks just call it henbit. It’s that bright purple flower that has taken over the farm fields this spring. Henbit is an arable minor...

Opinion: Let’s talk about snow plows

Seems like a good time to talk about snow plows, what with winter nipping at the back door and all. Most mornings you can tell if it snowed overnight by the grinding of the...

Column: My mom’s first aid cabinet

Iodine, merthiolate or mercurochrome? When you cut your finger or skinned your knee as a kid, which of these did your mom dab onto the wound? We had all three in our medicine cabinet,...