Opinion

01/17/2017 - 4:36pm
A semi-permeable wall      Last week, President-elect Donald Trump reiterated to the country his campaign promise of building a wall along the border of Mexico and the U.S., except that Mexico will now be reimbursing the costs, fronted by the American people.      Many have responded with outrage about the financing of the multi-billion dollar project,...
12/13/2016 - 4:46pm
Community leaders can guide us, but when is it time to vouch support?      United Way of North Central Iowa stopped by Hampton earlier this week, its biggest turnout out of the five trips to towns it’s made thus far. United Way is a non-profit organization that aids in developing grants and supporting community programs....
12/13/2016 - 4:45pm
Long winter nights     As stated in this space before, I dreamt of a career as a movie director. Despite having learned to call them films instead of movies, I never had the ambition to get a start in that direction. It was the art, not the business that interested me.  The art still fascinates me, and Dawn and I watch a lot of...
12/13/2016 - 4:45pm
Primer time      It's December! And you know what that means?      That's right. Star Wars!      Now, if you're a regular reader of this column, we know you're a cool person that knows the ins and outs of Star Wars lore, but just in case somebody happens upon these words...
12/13/2016 - 4:44pm
Stopping the epidemic of overdose deaths      Twenty-three Iowans died from prescription opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Department of Public Health.      A report from the Trust for America's Health tells us that prescription drug and heroin overdose deaths are climbing in Iowa, just as they...
12/06/2016 - 3:17pm
FDA bill passes the House with big compromises in the balance      They say that a true compromise is when both sides meet at a table, and leave, having gotten nothing that they wanted; because compromising on your ideologies is hard, and usually requires a lot of catering to from either side. A bill that’s on its way to...
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