The Paragraph Stacker

Uncensored columns from an exiled newsmane

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, sergeant of the watch, Drake Neighborhood Station, Des Moines, Iowa. ITEM ONE: Watching the New York Yankees this season and in the playoffs has provided about as much joy as chewing aluminum foil. Where have you gone, Mariano Rivera? Our nation turns its lonely …

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Today is the last day of the Major League Baseball season. Well, maybe. It depends on how the St. Louis Cardinals do. They might have to play as many as two more games after today because of byzantine complications brought about by a COVID-19-shortened season that proved acute in the Cardinals’ clubhouse. The Cardinals play …

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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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Two sports stories popped up Saturday that I thought were important beyond the ongoing and exasperating discussions of pandemic preparedness and social justice. The University of Texas cornerback Kobe Boyce announced he was “taking a step away from football” to focus on mental health. Boyce cited depression. Boyce is a junior who played in 19 …

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The inaugural episode of “The Exile” includes discussion of John Wayne’s racist talk and his stature as an Iowa icon, the bad news of the new baseball season, comics and movies and some frank talk about unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.