Opinion

04/17/2018 - 4:13pm
Age of the Geek Column: How hard can it be to not be terrible on the internet? It's a question that seems to come up a lot lately. Politicians, performers, and regular old people, nobody seems immune to the internet's limitless ability to draw out the worst in a person. For a brief, shining moment, Tyler "Ninja" Belvins looked like he was going to be the exception to the rule....
04/10/2018 - 4:32pm
Editorial: Last week, Franklin County had the opportunity to be center stage for a group of delegates focused on growing as leaders. Leadership Iowa, an annual class that tours eight counties a year with different focuses for each county, toured the agricultural and agribusiness industries, as well as local farms, of Franklin County as part of its...
04/10/2018 - 4:31pm
Ragan Report: Iowa employers have said for years that their biggest chal-lenge is finding enough skilled and qualified workers to fill immediate jobs openings. The Legislature has re-sponded with a bipartisan plan to make Iowa more Future Ready. HF 2458 won unani-mous approval in the House and Senate, and was signed into law this week. It aims for...
04/10/2018 - 4:29pm
Upmeyer Column: We are nearing the 100th day of session, which means budget, and tax issues have been getting the most attention in recent days. Most of the legislators who are farmers back home are becoming anxious to get out into the fields and begin planting. This is always a good sign that the legislative session is reaching its conclusion!...
04/03/2018 - 4:31pm
Age of the Geek Column: It can be strange sometimes, most of the time really, to be a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. It is a weird fan-base of very passionate people with a wide range of opinions and experiences. As one of the more senior members of the Sonic fandom. I'm occasionally confronted by the harsh reality that there are fans of video...
04/03/2018 - 4:30pm
Alternative Column: A few years ago we toured a factory in Cedar Falls that made some really nice pickup campers. They were in the process of building some campers for shipment to Argentina. Just think, they could do that economically enough to offset shipping all the way down there in spite of the general idea that our manufacturers need forced...
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