Opinion

01/16/2018 - 8:53pm
Age of the Geek: We're a good month removed from the release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" I think we're in safe enough territory to finally talk about it. Or, at least talk about the reaction to it. I'll keep spoilers to a minimum, but reader beware. Episode VIII has been divisive, to put it mildly. High praise from critics was immediately contrasted by middling reviews...
01/16/2018 - 8:51pm
Upmeyer Column: We officially gaveled in for the 2018 legislative session on Monday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m., and have quickly gotten to work on behalf of our constituents. The first week of session is largely ceremonial with remarks from legislative leaders of both parties as well as speeches from the Governor, the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme...
01/16/2018 - 8:49pm
Ragan Report: The first week of session is steeped in tradition. Leaders from the three branches of state government share their vision for a better Iowa. There are lots of good ideas, but ultimately, we must focus on what matters most in Iowans’ everyday lives and make wise use of your hard-earned tax dollars. Iowans want us to work...
01/16/2018 - 8:46pm
Editorial: Recently, the CAL and Hampton-Dumont Boards of Education chose to keep the school mascot and color scheme currently used by Hampton-Dumont school when the two enter the whole grade sharing agreement. Estimates to rebrand the gym, athletic uniforms and buses to reflect the change of a new mascot and colors just at Hampton locations alone...
01/09/2018 - 5:39pm
Age of the Geek Column Are video games a health risk? That's been the headline for as long as I can remember. Every few years it seems that somebody tries to rile up the population with fears about how video games will cause the downfall of society. It happens with all popular media. Before video games it was the movies that had the puritans...
01/09/2018 - 5:37pm
Alternative Column As I go about cattle chores I get a chance to listen to the radio and catch up on the establishment line. It was especially thought provoking listening to NPR's Fresh Air interview show day before yesterday. Terry Gross's guest was Evan Osnos, who wrote an article in The New Yorker about how Donald Trump is enabling...
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