Opinion

05/23/2017 - 3:52pm
Contradictive ideology      Last week, fireworks became legal in Iowa. They can only be bought from June 1 through July 8, and from Dec. 10 through Jan. 3 and their firing is also legal on and between those dates, if your county allows it, and then, only if your city allows it. The rationality was that the taxes for the state would be upwards of $1 million, to be able to...
05/09/2017 - 3:14pm
“… They didn’t stop to think if they should”       There’s a quote in Jurassic Park where chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcom says to the scientists behind the park’s attractions, “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if...
05/09/2017 - 3:13pm
Serious Sam      The health care system is turning into a bit of a mess. Marketplace insurers are fleeing the state. Wellmark is raising premiums at unsustainable rates.      And we know who is to blame for all of this.      Sam.      That’s probably not their...
05/02/2017 - 3:35pm
Freedom, Not Just Freedom of Speech     I moved to Oakland for college during some interesting times.     This was a time when leftists were proud of their advocacy of free speech. Across the city limits, Berkeley was even known as the home of the free speech movement and the scent of tear gas. Well, things have...
05/02/2017 - 3:35pm
A new challenger appears      Some time ago I told you all about the unexpected revival of DC's "Young Justice," the short lived but much beloved animated series about a team of sidekicks. The show ran for two seasons on Cartoon Network between 2011 and 2013 and its fan base has spent the better part of the years...
05/02/2017 - 3:34pm
2017 session wrapped up     The 2017 session wrapped up on April 22. It was a hard year for working families and vulnerable Iowans. I have great concerns about some of the proposals that will drive down wages, cut health care and degrade our quality of life.      Iowa’s economy has slowed, the state budget...
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