Opinion

02/03/2016 - 10:58am
Killing cancer 1 penny at a time Franklin County’s reputation as a generous community is well known throughout the area, so it’s really no surprise local fundraising efforts for cancer research earned high praise recently.      The county’s annual Relay For Life event was honored by the American Cancer Society for raising an outstanding sum in 2015. Local...
01/26/2016 - 1:29pm
Boldly going where copyright law hasn't gone before      A column about copyright law and Star Trek? Is it Christmas again?!      Actually, this is a column I’ve been wanting to write since around Christmas, but haven’t had a chance to until now.      It probably won...
01/26/2016 - 1:28pm
Class sizes will increase if school funding falls short Another year of inadequate state funding for K-12 schools will result in larger class sizes.      That’s what school administrators tell us in a new survey. Superintendents, principals and other school officials completed the survey in recent weeks to help us better...
01/26/2016 - 1:27pm
First in the nation: Whoopee!      Caucus season is upon us and the second most frequent comment I hear is, “I can’t wait until it is over.”      I think one of the biggest mistakes of my life was waiting until after an election cycle to dump our land line phone. Believe me, you won’t...
01/26/2016 - 1:26pm
Budgeting like Iowa families and businesses      The second week of session is in the books and work within policy committees is underway. I am happy to report that this week the House Education Committee passed a bill that would increase funding for our local K-12 schools by $81 million.      The bill will...
01/19/2016 - 1:45pm
Remembering the dream        Monday marked another observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. While the holiday is meant to celebrate the birthday and honor the accomplishments of America's most well known civil rights leader, there's still much work to do as the country strives to improve race relations.  ...
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