Opinion

06/30/2015 - 10:26am
A boost for broadband       A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Terry Branstad has the potential to spark economic growth in rural Iowa by expanding broadband Internet service through new incentives.     Branstad signed the Connect Every Acre initiative following Legislative approval in June. The law establishes a series of property tax incentives for...
06/23/2015 - 12:16pm
Finding hope after tragedy        Last week’s unthinkable tragedy in Charleston was undoubtedly one of the most heartbreaking events in recent memory. Though endless media coverage has detailed the killer’s life and hateful ideologies, the most dominating message out of South Carolina has been one of hope,...
06/23/2015 - 12:16pm
Graffiti grinds Hampton woman’s gears   Letter to the Editor:        This letter is meant for the idiot that used spray paint on the Rolling Prairie Trail and other areas in Hampton.      Hampton is my home. I was sickened to see all the graffiti that was sprayed on the trail and buildings...
06/23/2015 - 12:15pm
Ready or not, here it comes      A movie about rampaging dinosaurs is the king of the box office. A violent video game called “Doom” is inciting a moral panic among clueless busybodies. And now we have a Bush and a Clinton campaigning for the White House.      We are officially living in the...
06/23/2015 - 12:11pm
Budget decisions keep Iowa’s financial health in check   As local swimming pools, lakes and rivers begin to fill up across the state, it’s hard to believe we are already in the latter part of June!      Town festivals celebrating our communities’ rich and unique heritages are well underway. County fairs...
06/16/2015 - 4:01pm
Celebrating our dads        Dads across the country will be honored this Sunday on Father’s Day. The annual holiday gives us a chance to celebrate dad the right way and thank him for his years of dedicated parenting.      Our dads are all special in their own unique ways. They’ve watched us...
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