The Paragraph Stacker

Uncensored columns from an exiled newsmane

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: Two dozen of us stood under and around a tent spiked to a hilly expanse at Highland Memorial Gardens to say goodbye to our beloved Lois Newcomb, mother, grandmother and great-great grandmother. …

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Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: Tuesday’s sign Major League Baseball is almost as dead as the American newspaper: Fox Sports chose all-time great NFL quarterback Tom Brady for the opening narration to Game 1 of the World …

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ITEM ONE: I had typed a list of six or seven items, most of them political in nature and almost all of them serious. ITEM TWO: Alas, I somehow managed to lose the Microsoft Word document in which I wrote them. ITEM THREE: I recall one mildly amusing suggestion about the NFL, but you didn’t …

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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: The typist enjoys the idea of the force from “Star Wars” movies. If he had the power, he probably wouldn’t use his powers to engage in the never-ending battle for the Jedi …

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From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Precinct Station. ITEM ONE: Update on #OldManStudent. The ol’ Paragraph Stacker takes all his classes online via Zoom meetings at Drake University. This format works better than anticipated, but there are pitfalls. Example: Your typist’s bathroom is about 12 feet from his computer. …

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Cedar Rapids must be a mess. I say this because residents are pressuring Mayor Brad Hart to ask the governor for National Guard assistance. A Cedar Rapids Gazette reporter tweeted Hart didn’t think Iowa’s second-largest city needed the Guard. This ticked off residents who’ve been without power for four hot, humid days with many roads …

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