Opinion

04/21/2015 - 12:10pm
EAB infestations give added importance to Arbor Day   Friday marks the 143rd annual Arbor Day celebration. The holiday was established in 1872 when the Nebraska Board of Agriculture set aside a special day for planting trees, and it’s grown into a worldwide event commemorating all things tree.      Arbor Day typically brings with it little fanfare or commotion. We...
04/21/2015 - 12:10pm
Spoilers vs. speculation New teasers for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were released last week, causing geeks everywhere to obsessively look over every frame for clues about the movie’s plot.      This is nothing new. It’s what we do.   ...
04/21/2015 - 12:09pm
Truth or consequences        I lied. I can’t even remember about what, but I was caught and my dad gave me a short lecture.      It went like this: “The reason to never lie is a totally selfish one. Once you lie you may have to tell a hundred other lies in order to cover up the original lie...
04/21/2015 - 12:08pm
Upmeyer on education funding: “Pass what we can afford”        A great deal of floor action was completed this week that creates opportunities and solutions for Iowans, ranging from simplifying tax issues to improving our mental health system. We also passed the first budget bill of the session to the Senate....
04/21/2015 - 12:07pm
Help for Iowans with disabilities, honoring north Iowans   Iowans with disabilities often wish to live as independently as possible. The ABLE Act will help them do just that.      The ABLE – Achieving a Better Life Experience – Act was approved by the U.S. Congress in December. It allows people with...
04/14/2015 - 1:01pm
Accentuating the positives Last week’s development regarding the ill-fated 101 housing project came as good news to some and bad news to others. It’s unfortunate that the project became such a divisive issue within the community, but it’s time for everyone to regain a positive attitude as we look toward the future.   ...
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