Opinion

05/15/2018 - 5:08pm
Alternative Column: The letter to the Hampton Chronicle concerning the assessor's right to enter our homes was long overdue. Franklin County claims a right to assess the value of our homes, inside and out, in order to establish a fair property tax rate. I understand the need for taxes in order to maintain infrastructure here. But like taxes on the federal level, I doubt the original intent...
05/09/2018 - 10:10am
Dear Hampton Chronicle Editor, Recently I received a letter from Franklin County Auditor Gwana Wirtjes notifying me that exterior and interior inspections of my home would be conducted starting in April 2018. I understand all Franklin County property owners received this letter. Initially, I was taken aback by Ms. Wirtjes’ letter – and...
05/01/2018 - 5:44pm
Age of the Geek Column: Lootboxes are still a hot topic in the gaming industry and last week Belgium weighed in after the country's Gaming Commission investigated whether or not video games that employ lootbox systems should be legally considered as gambling. As expected, the inciting incident leading to this ruling was the high profile train...
05/01/2018 - 5:42pm
Alternative Column: While driving home from Forum Club, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but four tiny hooves, a flash of fur, and $10,000 that won't be spent to further Iowa's economy. You have to wonder what goes through the minds of these deer that jump out of nowhere into the path of a speeding car. Are they depressed? I am. To...
05/01/2018 - 5:41pm
It’s a funny thing. Try to protect your home, you’re labeled. Expect to breathe clean air, you’re labeled. Want a clean lake to take your kids to, you’re labeled. Fight for your rights, someone calls you names, someone “warns” you about what you’re doing. Ask your legislator for help, you’re ignored...
05/01/2018 - 5:40pm
Ragan Report: The country has seen a spike in deaths from drug overdoses in recent years. In 2015, Iowa had 59 opi-oid overdose deaths and 163 opioid-related deaths; in 2016, that number rose to 86 over-dose deaths and 180 opioid-related deaths; and in 2017, we saw 99 overdose deaths and 202 opioid-related deaths. The abuse and misuse of opioids...
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