Opinion

05/24/2016 - 2:49pm
Sayonara, seniors!        It’s time to say goodbye to the newly-minted Class of 2016. Though graduation season always brings with it a mixed bag of emotions, it’s an exciting time for these young adults as they prepare to make their mark on the world.      Some of you may be heading to college, entering the workforce or taking a moment to...
05/17/2016 - 12:17pm
The Marvel Way      There’s a lot to unpack about “Captain America: Civil War.”      I knew I was going to write about it this week, but had a hard time deciding what exactly to write about. Do I breakdown the philosophical battle between Captain America and Iron Man? Do I apply the film...
05/17/2016 - 12:13pm
Maintaining our commitments in tight budget times      The 2016 legislative session wrapped up April 29. It was a tight budget year, but as always, we balanced the state budget responsibly. Iowa will end the fiscal year with a $75 million surplus and $700 million in reserve funds.      Some of our biggest...
05/17/2016 - 12:12pm
Fighting addiction      While it’s an honor and privilege to serve the people of our district and of Iowa, I’m grateful to be done with spending so much time in Des Moines and being able to spend more time at home in the district. As I said in my last newsletter, I’m very proud of the work we accomplished this...
05/10/2016 - 11:26am
FDCA: Punching above our weight   Letter to the Editor:        We thank the Hampton Chronicle for publishing a thoughtful and informative article about Franklin County Development Association’s history and resume of success over the past 50 years.      We also thank our many partners,...
05/10/2016 - 11:25am
Oh, so close      The entire region missed out on a huge opportunity last week when the Mason City City Council failed to pass a development agreement with Prestage Foods. Though the company’s plans for a $240 million pork processing facility in north Iowa are now dead, so too are any hopes of immediate economic expansion...
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