Opinion

06/30/2015 - 10:26am
A boost for broadband       A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Terry Branstad has the potential to spark economic growth in rural Iowa by expanding broadband Internet service through new incentives.     Branstad signed the Connect Every Acre initiative following Legislative approval in June. The law establishes a series of property tax incentives for...
06/30/2015 - 10:25am
    I know I said I was going to review the Democratic primary contenders this week, but the tragic shooting in Charleston has brought up an issue that I strongly feel needs to be addressed.     Not about race, or gun control, or even flags; but about context and how it gets lost in people's haste to be righteous...
06/30/2015 - 10:23am
    We started in the cattle business with six bred heifers. I can’t remember who was a guiding force at the time; probably vets and neighbors who did things as a matter of tradition. We ear tagged and vaccinated newborn calves because well, I don’t know. We all need a little excitement in our lives and here was a handy...
06/30/2015 - 10:22am
    William Savidge was born in Ohio in May 1845 and joined the Union forces in 1861 at age 16. He was taken prisoner in 1863 at age 18 and was released in 1864. He moved to Hampton in 1869.     He was taken prisoner on Oct. 23, 1863 near Lauden, Tenn. by Longstreet’s men. The group taken prisoner included 300...
06/30/2015 - 10:20am
Letter to the Editor:       I am writing this letter to ask other Chronicle subscribers and readers if they took offense as I did to the column and its insulting statements Travis Fischer, Regional News Editor, wrote about the Republican Party’s “clown car” and insulting remarks about each candidate that...
06/30/2015 - 10:19am
    Iowa’s great quality of life is bolstered by arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities are important to community development, enriching local amenities and attracting young professionals. In addition, they create jobs, draw investments and stimulate the economy through tourism.     Travel spending...
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