Opinion

10/14/2014 - 12:55pm
Prioritizing downtown street renovations a must        A recent in-depth study on Hampton’s downtown district revealed some interesting statistics about future economic development here in the heart of Franklin County. Customers and shop owners completed surveys that gauged their opinions on the local business climate, and the results provided a treasuretrove...
09/23/2014 - 11:06am
As we get closer to the election, everyone naturally begins to think about what his or her priorities are. This is something I really look forward to because I love to hear what you would like to see us work on in the Legislature. Throughout my conversations, it has become clear that a lot of you remain concerned about jobs and the economy....
09/16/2014 - 1:56pm
Always on our minds        It's been one whole year since Ethan Kazmerzak went missing on Sept. 15, 2013. Monday's somber anniversary was highlighted by a press conference marking the unfortunate date, and it was no doubt a difficult day for the 23-year-old's family, friends and massive group of...
09/16/2014 - 1:55pm
TV Goes        Finally! After a long summer drought, it's time for the fall television season to start!      There's a lot of new shows hitting the small screen this year. Here's a list of some of the shows I'm planning on checking out this season.   Agent Carter...
09/16/2014 - 1:53pm
Wasting time at the new faucet Our old faucet leaked and we bought one that had a sprayer hose coming out of the spout. It could either spray or run a solid stream. Then as I was thinking I needed something to read while waiting for the teapot to fill, it occurred to me how much I missed the leaky one. This new thing only puts out 1.5 gallons...
09/09/2014 - 11:15am
More big rig enforcement needed        Editor’s note: The author of this letter attached a newspaper clipping of an article about a four-vehicle crash on Highway 65 between Chapin and Sheffield that occurred Aug. 27. Also included was a spreadsheet with vehicle crash statistics in Iowa. In 2010, 16.5 percent of...
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