Opinion

02/13/2019 - 4:46pm
Age of the Geek Column: Once upon a time, in the wild west of the PC gaming market, there was a little developer called Valve that specialized in making popular first-person shooters. Looking for a way to better manage the online distribution of their games, they developed a client that would let users buy their games and automatically keep them updated to the latest version. Ever fond of...
01/23/2019 - 1:18pm
Ragan Report: The 2019 legislative session gaveled in on Monday, Jan. 14. It’s an honor to be back in the Iowa Senate to continue representing the people of But-ler, Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties. My focus is on moving Iowa forward. We can start by strengthening Iowa’s healthcare and mental health systems; adequately funding...
01/23/2019 - 1:17pm
Alternative Column: The government shutdown is mostly just a way to assign blame and gain power. As usu-al, those doing the assigning aren't out much. Neither am I. I'm lucky the beer brand I prefer had planned for an un-certain future like farmers did before they became hooked, like dope addicts, on govern-ment. Sierra Nevada Brewing...
01/16/2019 - 11:06am
Age of the Geek Column: Iowa is currently suffering from a 2.4% unemployment rate. Yes, suffering. In spite of what so-called "common sense" might tell you, low unemployment is just as bad for an economy as high unemployment. It turns out that it's really hard to staff your business, much less expand it, when there's nobody...
01/16/2019 - 11:04am
Editoral: A lot has been said lately of advancements made in business and industrial needs in the area and now there’s a service available to get from new spots to existing ones and vice-versa. With the addition of Uber in the area, a need is filled for some form of transportation that can get the public from Point A to Point B. While Uber...
01/09/2019 - 2:06pm
Editorial: A new year is upon us here in Franklin County and there are plenty of things to be excited about as we look ahead in 2019. The city, county and state levels have all unveiled and announced new ventures, grants and programs that will provide jobs, recreational opportunities and new businesses in the area. In this day and age, it’s...
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