Opinion

04/25/2017 - 4:08pm
When is a flaw not a flaw? A recently released video game has people asking this question. "Yooka-Laylee" is a 3-D platformer created by the developers behind the genre-defining "Banjo-Kazooie." This spiritual sequel brings back everything gamers loved about late-90s 3-D platformers, a genre that has all but died out in recent years. But the game also brings back things that...
04/18/2017 - 3:50pm
Blue Milk and Easter Eggs       Last week was that special time of year where we all come together to appreciate the common traditions and beliefs we all hold.      I am, of course, referring to this year's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, a four day extravaganza celebrating the 40th anniversary of...
04/18/2017 - 3:47pm
Reader thanks community for support of petition against colored blacktop of main street To the editor:      I want to thank all the people who took the time to read and sign the survey for me to give to Hampton City Council. A total of 56 people signed it wanting the city to SAVE the money for future street and alley...
04/18/2017 - 3:27pm
Working with a tight budget     It’s more necessary than ever that Iowa takes every possible step to preserve educational opportunity in our schools. The new budget proposal significantly reduces funding for preK-12 initiatives and, in some cases, eliminates popular programs.     I cannot support unnecessary...
04/18/2017 - 3:25pm
Meet Rachel      We’ve finally had some nice weather and farmers will soon be headed out to the fields for planting. When farmers head back to the fields, that’s normally a good indication that our work in Des Moines is coming to an end. That continues to hold true this year.      We are wrapping...
04/18/2017 - 1:32pm
“Skip it and move on” is no strategy now      For years, students across the US have been taught the 21 century adage, “skip it and move on,” as a strategy for navigating the eight-year marathon-gauntlet of standardized testing. Beginning in third grade, all the way through 11, students take their seats...
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