Opinion

06/30/2015 - 10:26am
A boost for broadband       A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Terry Branstad has the potential to spark economic growth in rural Iowa by expanding broadband Internet service through new incentives.     Branstad signed the Connect Every Acre initiative following Legislative approval in June. The law establishes a series of property tax incentives for...
06/02/2015 - 1:20pm
"Hatred" isn't even worth hating        Two shooting games were recently released.      One is Nintendo’s “Splatoon,” a game where you play a humanoid squid child in a series of perpetual paintball battles against other humanoid squid children. It’s a lot of fun....
06/02/2015 - 1:19pm
Help needed for grave decorations   Letter to the Editor:      For about 10 years on Memorial Day, my husband, daughter and I have put artificial flowers on graves dating 1905 and older in the Hampton Cemetery. We began because most of those graves are never decorated, and that’s just sad.     ...
06/02/2015 - 1:18pm
Let's not make exceptions        American exceptionalism has a broader meaning than “we rock!” It has come to mean “except for.”      We, the community of humans on earth, really are God's creation, right? You won't convince me that He made a special race within a...
06/02/2015 - 1:17pm
Keeping higher ed affordable will strengthen Iowa’s economy        For many, school does not stop with high school graduation. Increasingly, good jobs require higher education or worker training. Iowans of all ages and backgrounds need access to college to build a better future for themselves and their families....
06/02/2015 - 1:17pm
Iowa lawmakers still crawling towards compromise        The calendar has flipped to June and our work in the legislature continues. You may be wondering why this session has gone into overtime. Simply put, we are fighting to ensure the long-term economic health of our state is not compromised and funding for services to...
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