Opinion

04/25/2017 - 4:08pm
When is a flaw not a flaw? A recently released video game has people asking this question. "Yooka-Laylee" is a 3-D platformer created by the developers behind the genre-defining "Banjo-Kazooie." This spiritual sequel brings back everything gamers loved about late-90s 3-D platformers, a genre that has all but died out in recent years. But the game also brings back things that...
04/04/2017 - 2:41pm
In like a lion, and out like a lamb      The last couple days — maybe even weeks — Franklin County has seen its share of Seattle. The windy, earthy heartland briefly became the Northwestern bay area, marred by consistent rain, clouds, puddles, mud, restless children, seasonally affected adults — the only thing...
04/04/2017 - 2:41pm
The joke's on all of us       Last Saturday was more than just April Fool's Day. It also marked the one year anniversary of the state's transition to privatized Medicaid.      For those of you that have forgotten, two years ago Governor Terry Branstad decided that Medicaid spending had...
04/04/2017 - 2:40pm
“Rights” trample rights     About a month ago in this column, I wrote about the right to an education as a form of stealing. Since that time I heard Jan Mickelson mention on his WHO radio show that there really is such a “constitutional” right. I had to look up the Supreme Court decision he referred to and it...
04/04/2017 - 2:39pm
Giving schools flexibility to ensure efficient use of funding     The Legislature is working on two bills to provide flexibility in how schools use their money.     When new programs are created, schools often must follow certain guidelines in spending the allotted money. This is called categorical funding. To help...
04/04/2017 - 2:39pm
Moving Iowa forward     The second legislative funnel deadline has passed which has narrowed our list of bills that remain eligible this session. With many policy discussions resolved, our attention will be focused on the budget as we work to complete our business on time this session.     This week the Governor...
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