Opinion

04/17/2018 - 4:13pm
Age of the Geek Column: How hard can it be to not be terrible on the internet? It's a question that seems to come up a lot lately. Politicians, performers, and regular old people, nobody seems immune to the internet's limitless ability to draw out the worst in a person. For a brief, shining moment, Tyler "Ninja" Belvins looked like he was going to be the exception to the rule....
03/27/2018 - 3:34pm
Upmeyer Column: We have officially reached spring and I am really hoping that warm weather will soon follow. It's normally around this time that Rep. Lee Hein, a colleague and farmer from the eastern part of the state, starts giving me the daily soil temperature report. That's usually a good sign that we are reaching the end of the...
03/27/2018 - 3:33pm
Ragan Report: Iowa's lack of adequate mental health services is a big concern for most Iowans, according to an Iowa Poll earlier this year. Extensive bipartisan work established Iowa's regional Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) system a few years back. This week, the Iowa Senate approved the next step to providing the right...
03/20/2018 - 4:24pm
Upmeyer Column: We just wrapped up second funnel, where policy bills that came over from the Senate are required to be approved by at least one House committee to remain eligible for consideration this session. With the second funnel come and gone, we have a much smaller list of bills that still need to be acted on and work on next year's...
03/20/2018 - 4:23pm
Ragan Report: Once again, Iowans are frus-trated by how long it's taking to get their state tax refunds. It was unacceptable last year, and it appears to be worse this year. Iowans want answers about why they've waited for weeks for their refunds for the second year in a row. Data shows the state has issued even fewer refunds this year...
03/20/2018 - 4:22pm
Editorial: There is no reason a child shouldn't feel safe at school. Both locally and statewide, we've recently seen an increased emphasis on student safety with more headlines dedicated to school violence. Earlier this month, the senate passed a bill that would require schools to have emergency drills to account for active shooter...
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