Opinion

02/13/2018 - 5:49pm
Age of the Geek Column: So I'm an award winning journalist now. Neat. Specifically, videos I put together last year for the Pioneer Enterprise landed me the award for best video content for that particular category of papers at the recent Iowa Newspaper Association awards. It's nice to win anything, but I'm especially happy to have gotten recognition for that work as video editing has...
02/06/2018 - 5:56pm
Alternative column: Dereck knows I still hold a perverse sort of affection for Oakland. So he texted from Jack London Square one day to say he was having lunch there. I was riveted to Jack London's books as a kid. They were an introduction to adulthood and the possible brutality of life. They softened the blow of the evening news because...
02/06/2018 - 5:55pm
Ragan Report: Senate File 2117 calls for im-mediately cutting $5.4 million from Iowa's community colleg-es, when the budget year is more than half over. What's the reason busi-nesses aren't moving to Iowa or expanding in our communi-ties? We don't have enough skilled workers to do the jobs they need to fill. Forcing community...
02/06/2018 - 5:53pm
Upmeyer column: Over the last several years, we have consistently made schools our top priority. Nearly 45 percent of the state's budget goes K-12 schools, demon-strating our strong commitment to education. Even in difficult budget years, we have protect-ed schools from cuts, and have actually increased funding dur-ing those times. Our...
01/30/2018 - 2:17pm
Age of the Geek Column: Yeah, that's a thing now. Apparently the younger generation's latest step in their quest to make their elders say, "I did some dumb things as a kid, but I never did that," is to chew on packages of highly concentrated laundry soap. To be honest, I'm not terribly worried about this so-called epidemic of...
01/30/2018 - 2:15pm
Editorial: In Monday evening's vote between the Hampton-Dumont and CAL Community Boards of Education, both sides took the right and just step of moving towards a conciliatory solution in the whole grade sharing agreement. While it may seem like a symbolic gesture as the past few months have made the vote appear inevitable, the districts can...
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