Opinion

11/14/2017 - 10:30pm
Age of the Geek Column: Last week I wrote about the media behemoth that is the Walt Disney Company, lamenting that the company can throw its considerable weight around without much fear of reprisal. After all, what am I going to do if I don't like what Disney is doing as a company? Not see the next Star Wars or Marvel Studios movie? That's not going to happen. Of course, just as I had...
11/14/2017 - 10:26pm
Ragan Report Column: Recent health care news has left many Iowans frustrated and confused. Most Iowans get health care coverage through their employer, through a health insurance plan they purchase on their own, or through public health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Below are a couple changes Iowans should be aware of. • Buying...
11/14/2017 - 10:24pm
Newsplaining Column: What do Sarah Palin, Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana, Third District), former President George W. Bush, Representative Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana, First District), Representative Sam Graves (R-Missouri, Sixth District), Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) — to name a few — all have in common? They’re all on...
11/14/2017 - 10:22pm
Alternative Column: Not long ago Rock Island Clean Line was threatening Iowa landowners with an eminent domain taking of their property for a power line to supply Iowa wind energy to the East. I have never been a fan of eminent domain. “Just compensation” (cash promised in exchange for property lost to eminent domain) can only be...
11/07/2017 - 4:29pm
Age of the Geek Column: So far this year I've gone to the movie theater ten times. Four of those times were to see movies made by Disney related studios. That number will go up to five later this year when the next Star Wars movie comes out. Between Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and their own theatrical offerings, Disney's power in the movie...
11/07/2017 - 4:27pm
Paul Pate Column: Thousands of elementary, middle school and high school students across Iowa participated in Secretary of State Paul Pate’s 2017 Iowa Youth Straw Poll on Wednesday. The Straw Poll is an exercise designed to inspire civic engagement among Iowa’s youth and give them a feel for how the electoral process works. “I...
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