Opinion

05/24/2016 - 2:49pm
Sayonara, seniors!        It’s time to say goodbye to the newly-minted Class of 2016. Though graduation season always brings with it a mixed bag of emotions, it’s an exciting time for these young adults as they prepare to make their mark on the world.      Some of you may be heading to college, entering the workforce or taking a moment to...
05/24/2016 - 2:48pm
Buckle up this Memorial Day Letter to the editor:        For many, buckling up in a vehicle is second nature.      However, 9,385 people nationwide lost their lives in 2014 as a result of not buckling their seat belt. In Iowa, 118 of the 322 crash fatalities were not buckled up. It is important to note...
05/24/2016 - 2:48pm
Pick a side        Now that I’ve sufficiently gushed over “Captain America: Civil War,” there’s still one question that must asked.      Whose side are you on?      Spoiler Alert: I tried to keep things vague in last week’s column. This week though, I...
05/17/2016 - 12:30pm
Primary pregame      Though some Iowans are still nursing their hangovers from caucus season, we’ve got more hot political action coming down the pike: The June 7 primary election.      The local ballot features a few contested races on the GOP side. As you’ve probably noticed on yard signs...
05/17/2016 - 12:30pm
Renovated jail “may put Hampton on the national map”   Letter to the editor:        Who in his right mind would want to go to jail?      Well, not many people, but I’ve learned that a lot of people want to find out what it would be like to spend some time locked up without...
05/17/2016 - 12:18pm
The failed hog plant project      Hogs paid for our farm. I remember hearing them called “the mortgage-lifter.” Now I know why.      They also provided our kids with responsibilities, something my aunt from California says is lacking in urban environments. Looking back, I wouldn’t have...
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