Opinion

09/01/2015 - 2:59pm
Righting an obvious wrong State officials must act swiftly and restore services to Iowans affected by changes to a program that left some elderly residents without vital in-home health care assistance.      Last winter, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) tweaked the eligibility criteria of the Elderly Waiver program to align more closely with federal standards. The...
08/04/2015 - 7:52pm
Community support brightens future for Franklin County      If you haven’t noticed all the commotion going on throughout the area recently, then you obviously haven’t been paying attention.      Multiple projects are underway that will eventually improve the quality of life here in Hampton and...
08/04/2015 - 7:51pm
You're as young as you feel      A couple weeks ago while covering a county fair, one of the fair workers mistook me for a 4-H student, thinking I had an animal to show.      I am 30 years old.      It happens on occasion. Every so often somebody will assume I’m with a school...
08/04/2015 - 7:50pm
High-speed Internet a must for rural economic expansion      It’s hard to believe, but July is now over. With the help of some great weather, I have recently enjoyed spending more time outside gardening and playing with my grandchildren. Parade season is well underway and I’ve enjoyed seeing many familiar faces...
08/04/2015 - 7:49pm
Mental health treatment must be available to Iowans        Public safety and medical professionals say Iowa has a mental health crisis. Legislators have been tackling that problem by improving the way mental health services are provided in our state. This year, the Senate took steps to:      • Make...
07/28/2015 - 4:06pm
Beating back bird flu      Though we’ve entered into a summer lull, Iowa poultry producers are staring down an uncertain future as the industry continues its ongoing fight against the dreaded bird flu virus.      There have been no new cases of the disease in Iowa since June. However, wounds from its...
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