Opinion

08/19/2014 - 12:18pm
Fast-forwarding through summer        The end of the State Fair typically marks the proverbial close to summer for most Iowans. Ball diamonds are quiet, traffic at local pools has slowed and days are getting shorter and shorter. These seasonal changes can mean only one thing despite the wishful thinking of area children and teens: it seems a new school year has...
08/05/2014 - 3:02pm
Education initiatives a priority for Legislature in 2014        ment time is always a good reminder that the next school year is right around the corner. Families will soon be making the transition from one routine to another: As summer sports, pool time and camps wrap up, fall sports, academics and extracurricular...
08/05/2014 - 3:01pm
Remove the carrot to stem influx of unwanted newcomers        With all the hoopla over the children flooding into our country from Central America, we should be asking why. Why in the world would a parent send their young children off to another land with nowhere specific as a destination?     ...
08/05/2014 - 3:01pm
Soapboxing at the state fair   It’s state fair time here in Iowa; a magical 11-day spectacle featuring a smorgasbord of events that draws visitors in from across the Midwest. People come from miles around for the amusement rides, great entertainment, delicious food and politicians?      It’s hard to...
08/05/2014 - 3:00pm
Hooked on a Feeling        It’s official. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a hit.      The space adventure filled with sarcastic aliens and 70s pop music didn’t just set a high bar in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but proved that Marvel Studios could take one of their...
07/29/2014 - 2:23pm
  The Iowa pipeline predicament                   A proposed underground oil pipeline cutting through the heart of Iowa has sent landowners throughout the state scrambling to address this surprising development in recent weeks. Advocates claim the project will...
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