• Purple paint laws needed nationwide
    According to Iowa.gov, Senate File 2101 makes changes to Iowa’s trespassing law.  If a property owner living in an unincorporated area places purple paint around their property on trees or fence posts, entering the property is forbidden and constitutes trespassing, effective July 1, 2019.  I bet you’re wondering [Continue Reading »]
  • Tragedy strikes on the set of ‘Rust’
    I want to say first, that the shooting that happened on set of “Rust” was tragic. There is a young child that will never see his mother again and that is heart breaking. My heart also goes out to the director that was hurt as well as Alec [Continue Reading »]
  • Take time for empathy
    I love movies and the fascinating process required to make movies. Camera techniques, stunts, visual effects, miniature models, CGI, intricate sets, costumes and talented actors are all combined to create the magic of movies.  My love of the art of filmmaking, in part, explains the sadness I felt [Continue Reading »]
  • Some heroes wear camo
    Veterans Day is on November 11th it was originally a day to commemorate the end of major hostility of World War I, originally known as Armistice Day. It became officially known as Veterans Day in 1954.   Kirkwood has many students and employees who have served in the [Continue Reading »]

Sept. 11, A day to remember the sacrifices made

Jessica McWilliams, Managing Editor | Sept. 10, 2021

I was thirteen on Sept. 11, 2001. I have lived more of my life in a post 9/11 world then a pre 9/11 world. That day I learned that hatred is powerful. I learned that people on the other side of the world in a country I had never heard of hated our county so much that they flew planes into buildings and killed thousands of innocent men, women and children…

9/11 Memorial

Staff Editorials

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  • Veterans deserve good healthcare
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  • It’s up to you to save the world
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    CONTRIBUTED: The Coronavirus pandemic has been a struggle for many people around the world. One of the most impacted groups is students. They have had to endure a plethora of changes to make sure they still received an education while staying safe from the virus. College students have [Continue Reading »]
  • 4 Ways to have the best high school experience
    CONTRIBUTED: Many students going into high school, or who are already in high school want to know how to have the best experience and leave with the most memories.   Take part in many school activities.  What I learned by going out for sports is that they made me [Continue Reading »]

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