Opinion

12/05/2017 - 5:21pm
Age of the Geek Column: In case you hadn't heard, Senate Republicans actually fulfilled a campaign promise by passing a tax reform bill… in the middle of the night… that had been published for review mere hours before… with amendments literally scribbled on the sides of pages. We get the government we vote for. It's too early to tell what the final bill will look like...
11/14/2017 - 10:24pm
Newsplaining Column: What do Sarah Palin, Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana, Third District), former President George W. Bush, Representative Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana, First District), Representative Sam Graves (R-Missouri, Sixth District), Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) — to name a few — all have in common? They’re all on...
11/14/2017 - 10:22pm
Alternative Column: Not long ago Rock Island Clean Line was threatening Iowa landowners with an eminent domain taking of their property for a power line to supply Iowa wind energy to the East. I have never been a fan of eminent domain. “Just compensation” (cash promised in exchange for property lost to eminent domain) can only be...
11/07/2017 - 4:29pm
Age of the Geek Column: So far this year I've gone to the movie theater ten times. Four of those times were to see movies made by Disney related studios. That number will go up to five later this year when the next Star Wars movie comes out. Between Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and their own theatrical offerings, Disney's power in the movie...
11/07/2017 - 4:27pm
Paul Pate Column: Thousands of elementary, middle school and high school students across Iowa participated in Secretary of State Paul Pate’s 2017 Iowa Youth Straw Poll on Wednesday. The Straw Poll is an exercise designed to inspire civic engagement among Iowa’s youth and give them a feel for how the electoral process works. “I...
11/07/2017 - 4:26pm
It’s been an outspoken and popular point-of-view for what seems like the last decade that if you see someone is winning, that must mean you are losing. Or, in other forms of the euphemism, if you aren’t making progress or consistently winning, then you’re losing; or, the appearance of favoritism towards another means that you are...
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