Opinion

02/20/2018 - 6:00pm
Age of the Geek Column: Well, they've gone and done it now. Regular readers may be familiar with video game loot boxes and the controversy surrounding them, but, for those that need a refresher, here's the scoop. For years now video game publishers have shifted their business models from making video games as a one-time purchase to games as an ongoing service. This started with "...
01/23/2018 - 5:14pm
Ragan Report: Since April 2016, when Iowa Medicaid was turned over to out-of-state companies, constituents have complained about the obstacles they face getting care and services. Many hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers - especially in Iowa's small towns and rural areas - agree the privatized system is not working. They...
01/23/2018 - 5:12pm
Editorial: Competitive sports at any level have the ability to elicit strong emotions from fans, players and coaches from both sides. Sometimes, unfortunately, those emotions turn into verbal harassment and physical violence. Just this weekend, videos surfaced of Philadelphia Eagles fans throwing full cans of beers and making lewd gestures at...
01/23/2018 - 5:11pm
Alternative Column: The crisis in Korea is worsening. Several elements of the divided nation have agreed to participate together in the Winter Olympics. I wouldn't doubt that secret meetings are being held between defense contractors and their tools in government to stave off the threat of peace. Music has been central to many discoveries of...
01/16/2018 - 8:53pm
Age of the Geek: We're a good month removed from the release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" I think we're in safe enough territory to finally talk about it. Or, at least talk about the reaction to it. I'll keep spoilers to a minimum, but reader beware. Episode VIII has been divisive, to put it mildly. High praise from critics...
01/16/2018 - 8:51pm
Upmeyer Column: We officially gaveled in for the 2018 legislative session on Monday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m., and have quickly gotten to work on behalf of our constituents. The first week of session is largely ceremonial with remarks from legislative leaders of both parties as well as speeches from the Governor, the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme...
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