Opinion

11/29/2016 - 4:57pm
21 Century Zines      Who remembers the “Fanzine?” Or as they would become more well known in the 1970 counter-culture movement, “Zines?” As a quick refresher, these “zines” were magazines put together by small groups of people for the most niche of audiences. They found their popularity in the 70s as an underground, newsletter-esque method...
11/01/2016 - 4:07pm
Iowa newspapers retain second amendment mandate with FOIC      After several months of legalese debate, the flexing of bureaucratic muscle and newspapers across the state in a stalemate with county recorders and the Iowa Department of Public Health, a decision has been made by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council declaring...
11/01/2016 - 4:07pm
Counting down the days      It's almost over. Thank the deity of your choosing because this is America and, for at least the next few days, the First Amendment still gives you that right.      But no, this column is not about Donald Trump, or even the presidential race at all.     ...
11/01/2016 - 4:06pm
Oh deer     Many years ago our garden was being whipped by the wind and so we decided to plant a row of bushes to protect it. Later, we built a small feedlot south of there. A row of trees next to the bushes made sense to keep snow out of the feedlot and the cattle comfortable. We have been buying seedlings from the soil office...
11/01/2016 - 4:05pm
Iowa is tough and smart on crime      In tight budget times, it is more important than ever that we be smart on crime. There are some excellent ways to reduce the number of repeat offenders, keep people out of prison and save taxpayer dollars. Family treatment courts, a better approach to sentencing and helping offenders re-...
10/25/2016 - 4:09pm
Too much of a good thing      The Des Moines Register published an investigative report early this week about the state of legislative funding towards Iowa schools.      Since 2008, funding for schools has been tight, with either continually less or stagnant funding coming from the state, while enrollment...
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