Opinion

08/19/2014 - 12:18pm
Fast-forwarding through summer        The end of the State Fair typically marks the proverbial close to summer for most Iowans. Ball diamonds are quiet, traffic at local pools has slowed and days are getting shorter and shorter. These seasonal changes can mean only one thing despite the wishful thinking of area children and teens: it seems a new school year has...
08/19/2014 - 12:17pm
Everyday heroes There seems to be a flood of good friends flowing to heaven lately. When I moved to Dumont from Noxon, Mont., in 1977 no one close to me had died. I was 26. Grandpa Barlow had written to say Grandma was in the nursing home dying of lung cancer, even though I doubt Minnie had ever even smelled a smoke filled room. As Grandpa...
08/19/2014 - 12:16pm
  Some of us do have a friend like him. Let's take care of them.        Robin Williams has us all thinking about suicide.      Not necessarily of committing the act of course. I'm sad he's gone, but not that sad. Instead, Williams' death has sparked a lot of thought about...
08/12/2014 - 3:53pm
Veishea decision tough, but justified        Iowa State University President Steven Leath announced last week the permanent end to the school’s annual Veishea celebration. Though the decision might sting for ISU students, alumni and supporters, it was a justified conclusion that was brewing for the past two...
08/12/2014 - 3:52pm
Investing in student achievement is paying off Students and teachers are heading back to Iowa classrooms for the new school year this month. When they do, the education reforms we have approved over the last couple of years will make a big difference in their experience, as schools put their best teachers in leadership roles, and boost science...
08/12/2014 - 3:51pm
  Teamwork fails against corporate idiocy        Let’s talk a little more about “Guardians of the Galaxy” this week.      In case you couldn’t tell from the trailers, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a very diverse group of individuals that save the day by joining...
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