Opinion

05/22/2018 - 4:57pm
Age of the Geek Column: All eyes in Iowa have been on Maddie Poppe this week as the small town girl from Clarksville takes the national stage as finalist on "American Idol." (Note: this column was written on Monday before the results of the contest) Win or lose, Poppe has a bright future ahead of her. Her story is one we all aspire to in one form or another. She's living the dream...
05/09/2018 - 10:15am
Age of the Geek column: The whole world is reacting to "Avengers: Infinity War." A generation of children are shattered, fans are furiously theorizing over what happens next, and memes are spreading across the internet like a dust storm. One would think that, with ten years of build up, "Avengers: Infinity War" would leave the...
05/09/2018 - 10:13am
Ragan Report: Meeting Iowans mental health needs is one area where the Legislature has achieved bipartisan success this session. As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May, I am pleased with the steps we’ve taken and eager to do more to ensure Iowans get the care they need. This year, we built on Iowa’s regional Mental Health...
05/09/2018 - 10:12am
Editoral: Rumors don’t do anyone any good. Like wildfires, rumors can spread to an uncontrollable level with the slightest of pushes. In today’s world of social media dependency, one post can reach across the country in a matter of seconds. It takes a lot less time to spread a rumor than it does to spread the facts of a situation and...
05/09/2018 - 10:10am
Dear Hampton Chronicle Editor, Recently I received a letter from Franklin County Auditor Gwana Wirtjes notifying me that exterior and interior inspections of my home would be conducted starting in April 2018. I understand all Franklin County property owners received this letter. Initially, I was taken aback by Ms. Wirtjes’ letter – and...
05/01/2018 - 5:44pm
Age of the Geek Column: Lootboxes are still a hot topic in the gaming industry and last week Belgium weighed in after the country's Gaming Commission investigated whether or not video games that employ lootbox systems should be legally considered as gambling. As expected, the inciting incident leading to this ruling was the high profile train...
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