Opinion

02/20/2018 - 6:00pm
Age of the Geek Column: Well, they've gone and done it now. Regular readers may be familiar with video game loot boxes and the controversy surrounding them, but, for those that need a refresher, here's the scoop. For years now video game publishers have shifted their business models from making video games as a one-time purchase to games as an ongoing service. This started with "...
02/06/2018 - 5:58pm
Age of the Geek Column: What a game on Sunday, right? What a great story for Philadelphia, finally getting their revenge on the Patriots, even taking Tom Brady's play and showing them how to do it properly. But now what? What do sports fans do with their weekends? Once Philadelphia is re-built after the Sunday night celebration, what can...
02/06/2018 - 5:56pm
Alternative column: Dereck knows I still hold a perverse sort of affection for Oakland. So he texted from Jack London Square one day to say he was having lunch there. I was riveted to Jack London's books as a kid. They were an introduction to adulthood and the possible brutality of life. They softened the blow of the evening news because...
02/06/2018 - 5:55pm
Ragan Report: Senate File 2117 calls for im-mediately cutting $5.4 million from Iowa's community colleg-es, when the budget year is more than half over. What's the reason busi-nesses aren't moving to Iowa or expanding in our communi-ties? We don't have enough skilled workers to do the jobs they need to fill. Forcing community...
02/06/2018 - 5:53pm
Upmeyer column: Over the last several years, we have consistently made schools our top priority. Nearly 45 percent of the state's budget goes K-12 schools, demon-strating our strong commitment to education. Even in difficult budget years, we have protect-ed schools from cuts, and have actually increased funding dur-ing those times. Our...
01/30/2018 - 2:17pm
Age of the Geek Column: Yeah, that's a thing now. Apparently the younger generation's latest step in their quest to make their elders say, "I did some dumb things as a kid, but I never did that," is to chew on packages of highly concentrated laundry soap. To be honest, I'm not terribly worried about this so-called epidemic of...
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