Opinion

02/21/2017 - 5:02pm
Dominoes      There are many aspects of Iowa education that could be debated, from methods of school funding, to who should actually supply funding, to best practices of academic success. But what can’t be argued is the fact that the last several decades have shown the priority education is to our legislators.      This week, The Chronicle reported a...
01/31/2017 - 4:56pm
+10 Resistance to Economic Theory      Preparing for the arrival of the Nintendo Switch has me thinking again about the unusual nature of the video game industry, particularly when it comes to pricing.      As I've noted in the past, the retail price of video games has been strangely resistant to...
01/31/2017 - 4:55pm
Budget cuts will hurt Iowa education, economic growth and the vulnerable      Senate File 130 cuts more than $26 million from education, undermining the goal of creating an economy that helps all Iowans. Cutting $3 million from community colleges and $18 million from public universities takes Iowa in the wrong direction. These...
01/31/2017 - 4:55pm
Reaching agreement and moving forward     I had many visitors stop by my office this week including Brad Barber, a small business owner from Clear Lake, and Heather Englin, who works for the American Cancer Society in Waterloo. It’s always great to see people from back home as well as the various groups visiting the Capitol...
01/24/2017 - 4:52pm
Planned Parenthood logistics      Among the list of issues on the agenda for the Iowa Legislature is what to do about Planned Parenthood. It is a general view among legislative majority that there should be no public funding of Planned Parenthood facilities that provide abortions.        As members of...
01/24/2017 - 4:51pm
Switching it up      At long last, Nintendo has finally given some solid details about their upcoming new system, the Nintendo Switch. And, as is typical for the company, it comes with a mix of exciting new features and worrying drawbacks.        The Good - No gimmicks      Well, it...
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