Opinion

08/15/2017 - 5:10pm
AGE OF THE GEEK COLUMN: Congratulations, rural Iowa, if your access to broadband internet wasn't good enough last year, it might be good enough this year. Not that anything has changed in regards to said access. Last year, the FCC's annual review concluded that roughly ten percent (as of 2014) of the country, mostly rural areas, still lack access to fixed broadband at the benchmark speed...
08/01/2017 - 4:29pm
For the first time in a decades long debate, America now has the economic data to evaluate the consequences of a citywide raise in the minimum wage. In 2014, The City of Seattle gradually raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour, reaching approximately $13 an hour in 2016 (raised from $9.47 per hour). Previous research was centered around...
08/01/2017 - 4:28pm
Summer continues to move right along which means the Iowa State Fair is just around the corner. The State Fair is a wonderful opportunity for families from across the Midwest to spend time together and learn about the impact that agriculture has here in Iowa and around the globe. The Fair runs this year from August 10-20. I hope you’re able...
07/25/2017 - 3:40pm
Another year, another Comic-Con. The world’s largest pop culture event continues to get bigger and bigger. Everybody wants to go, which is starting to become a real problem for the people that manage it. I had a great time, of course. I hung out with the developers of “Sonic Mania” at a VIP party, interviewed the cast of “...
07/25/2017 - 3:35pm
I'm writing this in the middle of fair week. No, that doesn't mean everything is fair this week and unfair the rest of the time. The Franklin County Fair is one of the great perks of living here. It is also the topic at the top of my unscientific survey for requested topics. There are still enough independent livestock farmers to do competitive...
07/25/2017 - 3:34pm
“I feel great. I’m healthier than I have ever been,” says an overweight middle-aged male. “Well, in the next 10 years, you have a 25 percent risk of having a heart attack or stroke. That’s a little high,” I state as a gross understatement. If this was me, I would be very concerned. That’s serious. I follow...
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