Opinion

02/20/2018 - 6:00pm
Age of the Geek Column: Well, they've gone and done it now. Regular readers may be familiar with video game loot boxes and the controversy surrounding them, but, for those that need a refresher, here's the scoop. For years now video game publishers have shifted their business models from making video games as a one-time purchase to games as an ongoing service. This started with "...
01/30/2018 - 2:15pm
Editorial: In Monday evening's vote between the Hampton-Dumont and CAL Community Boards of Education, both sides took the right and just step of moving towards a conciliatory solution in the whole grade sharing agreement. While it may seem like a symbolic gesture as the past few months have made the vote appear inevitable, the districts can...
01/30/2018 - 2:13pm
Ragan column: Iowa is known across the country as a leader in renewable energy, including ethanol, biodiesel and wind. These industries are built on Iowa's natural resources and benefit Iowans through lower energy costs, increased crop values and new jobs. In 2016 alone, Iowa jobs in clean energy grew by seven percent. Solar energy holds even...
01/30/2018 - 2:12pm
Upmeyer Column: We had many visitors from the community colleges at the Capitol this week for their annual Day on the Hill. As the product of a community college and a former Trustee, it was great to have the chance to talk with some folks from NIACC who were visiting. It's always good to catch up with the people from back home while they are...
01/23/2018 - 5:21pm
Age of the Geek Column: Touching back on another development that happened over the holidays, it looks like The Walt Disney Company may actually be purchasing 21st Century Fox. When last I wrote about the potential for a Disney/Fox buyout, it was still just rumor and speculation. Today it's much closer to reality. The $52 billion dollar deal...
01/23/2018 - 5:16pm
Upmeyer Column: Last week, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor and remember a man who dedicated his life to the fight for civil rights and equality. Every year around this time I am reminded of this quote from Dr. King, "The time is always right to do what is right." I am convinced that each and every legislator that serves...
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