Opinion

12/16/2014 - 2:21pm
Utilizing our utilities        Recent discussion from the city council has explored possible funding opportunities to improve crumbling infrastructure in Hampton’s downtown district. The current proposal would affect local taxpayers’ pocketbooks, but it’s an expense residents must be willing to pay if they want progress in the near future....
12/16/2014 - 2:21pm
Mid-Season Madness         People are in peril, the world is in danger, everything you know could be changed. And it’s only December.      When did television’s mid-season finale become such a big deal?      Sure, some shows have always used the impending...
12/16/2014 - 2:18pm
County roads need help   Letter to the Editor:        Gov. Branstad and Iowa legislators are discussing the issue of increasing funding for Iowa roads. Iowa is ranked the third-worst state in the nation for road quality.      Franklin County has its own road issues. The county’s...
12/16/2014 - 2:17pm
Upmeyer: Government transparency always a top legislative priority        I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you're continuing to enjoy the Christmas season. Between the hustle and bustle of shopping and parties, be sure to take a moment to appreciate what we're celebrating and enjoy the simple...
12/09/2014 - 12:06pm
Third-straight tuition freeze good, but questions loom        The Iowa Board of Regents last week approved a tuition freeze at the state’s three tax-funded universities for the third year in a row. It was an unprecedented move that will no doubt help cash-strapped students, but questions exist as Iowa lawmakers...
12/09/2014 - 12:04pm
Australian For Outrage        Australia.      The land down under.      An untamed outback where everything is poisonous and even the cutest critters would rip you in half if given the chance. A land where only the most rugged of the rugged can survive.   ...
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