Opinion

09/27/2016 - 3:07pm
Can some police records be forever sealed? The Des Moines Register shared this article with Iowa publications about the state of public records in Iowa.        Monica Speaks wants answers about her father’s death 30 years ago.      But like dozens of other Iowans this year, she was shut down by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  ...
08/30/2016 - 4:01pm
Newsplaining: America’s Drug Problem      Most everyone knows me here as the community news editor, but I also have a passion for politics. As a freshman in college, political science was my first major choice before journalism, as the political process has always left me amazed and dumbfounded.     ...
08/30/2016 - 3:59pm
The Maine question         Interesting things are happening in Maine.      You may have heard of Maine's governor, Paul LePage, making his way around the news cycle recently. No stranger to controversy, LePage made waves earlier this year for his comments about black and Hispanic drug dealers...
08/30/2016 - 3:58pm
Boosting student achievement this school year     A new school year is getting under way. I know local educators will provide great opportunities for our students with the resources they have.     The struggle to provide sufficient, timely funding has put local schools in a bind in recent years. We took a small step...
08/23/2016 - 12:25pm
Are you ready for some high school sports action?    This Friday night marks the kickoff of the high school preps season.    With the pigskins sailing though the air, teams from across the state will converge en route to a state or district title. For many, high school athletics is one of the purest forms of sports. Kids stand...
08/23/2016 - 12:25pm
Flossing has its benefits   To the Editor,     As a periodontist in Mason City, I need to say this to those who rejoiced at the recent Associated Press report that found little scientific evidence backing the effectiveness of flossing: You should definitely still floss.     More than 500 different types of...
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