Opinion

11/14/2017 - 10:30pm
Age of the Geek Column: Last week I wrote about the media behemoth that is the Walt Disney Company, lamenting that the company can throw its considerable weight around without much fear of reprisal. After all, what am I going to do if I don't like what Disney is doing as a company? Not see the next Star Wars or Marvel Studios movie? That's not going to happen. Of course, just as I had...
11/07/2017 - 4:26pm
It’s been an outspoken and popular point-of-view for what seems like the last decade that if you see someone is winning, that must mean you are losing. Or, in other forms of the euphemism, if you aren’t making progress or consistently winning, then you’re losing; or, the appearance of favoritism towards another means that you are...
10/31/2017 - 4:40pm
Age of the Geek Column: It's been years since we've had a Star Trek show on television. Now, amazingly enough, we have two. "Star Trek: Discovery" is about halfway through its initial season, but running alongside it is "The Orville," which isn't an official Star Trek show, but only by a technicality. "The...
10/31/2017 - 4:38pm
Upmeyer Column: As the recent chilly weather has shown us, fall is definitely here. Fall sports are coming to an end, the leaves are turning color, and harvest is underway after some delays. But this cold and wet weather won’t stop Iowa farmers from doing what they do best: feeding the world. Be sure to watch for slow moving vehicles and...
10/31/2017 - 4:35pm
Pate Column: An election that could have a major impact on your daily life is rapidly approaching. City elections will take place throughout Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Although these elections do not receive much attention, they are every bit as important as the general elections held in Iowa every two years. As a former mayor of the state’s...
10/31/2017 - 4:34pm
Alternative Column: Back in my college days I had an interest in Buddhism. I carried around a little book that basically said a clear mind enables a happy and productive life. I thought Buddhists were supposed to be peaceful. But then comes Burma, now known as Myanmar, where 7,000 Rohingya Muslims have been murdered, untold numbers raped and 600,...
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