Opinion

02/03/2016 - 10:58am
Killing cancer 1 penny at a time Franklin County’s reputation as a generous community is well known throughout the area, so it’s really no surprise local fundraising efforts for cancer research earned high praise recently.      The county’s annual Relay For Life event was honored by the American Cancer Society for raising an outstanding sum in 2015. Local...
01/12/2016 - 11:57am
A lotto philosophy      So I was planning on finishing my list of anticipated movies for this year, but this Powerball thing has given me a better topic. Something I’ve been meaning to touch on for a while now.      As of this writing, the Powerball jackpot is approaching a record $1.3 billion. That...
01/12/2016 - 11:56am
What's “The Alternative?”      Ryan, the publisher of this paper, has graciously offered “The Alternative” to several other Mid-America publications. He suggested I give a little background. I agreed, as I always consider the source of information to be as important as the information itself in...
01/12/2016 - 11:55am
Working for you in 2016      With the 2016 legislative session under way, I remain committed to my constituents in Butler, Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties. My primary job is listening to you and to ensuring the state honors its commitments to Iowa families.      These commitments include:     -...
01/05/2016 - 1:01pm
Hitting the home stretch Though months of advertisements, polls and phone calls have made this year’s presidential campaign feel like a decade-long marathon, Iowans can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. We’re less than a month away from the 2016 Iowa Caucus and Feb. 1 couldn’t come soon enough for many folks across the...
01/05/2016 - 1:01pm
16 movies for 2016   Welcome to 2016!      After a somewhat lackluster 2015, it looks like things will start to pick up again this year. So, as is the New Year’s tradition, here are 16 movies I’ll be keeping an eye on over the next 12 months.      Well, six months. I’m splitting this...
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