Opinion

04/24/2019 - 10:46am
Age of the Geek Column: We're in the endgame now. It feels like forever ago since the snappy ending of "Avengers: Infinity War." The entire universe, at least the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been standing still as we await the dramatic conclusion of Marvel Studio's Phase 3. As always, the biggest danger in these days before the film's release are spoilers. Apparently some...
04/17/2019 - 11:19am
Upmeyer Column: Another busy week in the Iowa House as work on the budget continues to move forward. While some of the finer details still need to be worked out, we are beginning to see the end of this session on policy, budget, and tax issues. I look forward to the possibility of wrapping up our work before May. When we were talking to Iowans...
04/17/2019 - 11:16am
Ragan Report: The Iowa House and Senate have worked together in a bipartisan manner this session to pass several new laws to better Iowans’ quality of life. These include: Improving transportation funding for schools, which is especially helpful in our rural areas (HF 307). Preventing Iowans from losing their professional license if they...
04/17/2019 - 11:14am
Hampton Editorial: The sun is a welcome site for all, especially for crews that work the roads in Franklin County. With the historically bad winter came flooding, which took a toll on rural roads – so much so that the county had to enact a road embargo in order to preserve gravel conditions. What the embargo does is limit the amount of...
04/17/2019 - 11:13am
Alternative Column: Natural disasters remind us how trivial our own problems are. When I saw a photo of two late-model combines and a grain bin mostly covered in Missouri River water, the trag-edy was driven home. What do you do with thousands of bushels of soaked corn and no still? When faced with such a terrible situation, we have to wonder, how...
04/10/2019 - 9:52am
Age of the Geek: The internet is a modern miracle, providing nearly endless avenues for people to express their likes and dislikes in virtually any form of media they can imagine. Social media allows for unprecedented levels of direct contact between businesses and consumers and there are a multitude of platforms available to everybody that...
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