Opinion

06/21/2016 - 4:28pm
Whole-grade sharing conversations are a great first step    Long have been the days where conversations about the future of education in Franklin County have been held. For many years, prognosticators have spelled the doom and gloom of smaller schools. However, in the day and age of smaller classrooms, higher expectations and fewer dollars to spend, local school board members from CAL...
06/14/2016 - 3:42pm
Choose wisely this election season Letter to the editor:        When our children play sports, we teach them sportsmanship with principles and values. We tell them it is not whether you win or lose but it is how you play the game.      Should this be applied to the 2016 election? If you are a Democrat...
06/14/2016 - 3:41pm
The millennials' distopian utopia        I’ll never forget when our oldest son came home from college and declared the welfare state to be legitimate because “we” voted for it. I can’t think of a better illustration of “democratic socialism.”      No founding...
06/14/2016 - 3:40pm
Tourism grows the economy and improves quality of life      Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy all that Iowa has to offer.      Our great quality of life is bolstered by the arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities and amenities are important to local communities. They attract families and...
06/14/2016 - 3:40pm
Final action        With the arrival of June, it means that warmer weather and summer is here. Our free time will soon be filled with county fairs, cook outs, parades and more time with family. I know that I’m looking forward to this summer!      Recently, Gov. Terry Branstad completed action on...
06/07/2016 - 11:58am
    Goodbyes have never been my strong suit. I really don’t like them and tend to get sad when it comes time to bid farewell. But just like death and taxes, they’re inevitable, and this is my goodbye to Hampton and Franklin County.     I covered this community and its people for the past three years. I...
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