Opinion

09/16/2014 - 1:56pm
Always on our minds        It's been one whole year since Ethan Kazmerzak went missing on Sept. 15, 2013. Monday's somber anniversary was highlighted by a press conference marking the unfortunate date, and it was no doubt a difficult day for the 23-year-old's family, friends and massive group of supporters here in Hampton and greater Franklin County....
09/09/2014 - 11:12am
Prioritize those properties, people        Recent efforts by the Hampton City Council to keep our town looking nice have been valiant attempts at addressing a perpetual problem – too many people are failing to keep up their properties, and too few are taking city ordinance seriously.     ...
09/09/2014 - 11:11am
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”      Rural folk are notorious for their deep faith roots and determined stoicism in the rugged face of hardship. And the rich tap roots and inspiring tales of Coulter’s early Danish history rank right up there with the...
09/02/2014 - 10:45am
More urgency needed to improve Iowa's polluted waters        Despite recent financial pledges from agriculture organizations and other groups, more effort is needed to reverse pollution and improve water quality in Iowa's lakes, rivers and streams.      A new joint effort called the Iowa...
09/02/2014 - 10:45am
Avoid short-term thinking A few years ago I got in trouble for refusing to buy a candy bar at a convenience store. I stuck to my guns though, and nobody starved to death. A friend of mine once said that needing immediate gratification is a sign of an uncivilized society. That idea is expressed in the story of the ant and the grasshopper,...
09/02/2014 - 10:44am
Upmeyer discusses Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy As summer activities draw to a close, the attention of many families has shifted to the upcoming school year.  The start of the school year means there will be more children walking to and from school as well as increased traffic on our roadways.  Be sure to take extra care...
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