Opinion

05/24/2016 - 2:49pm
Sayonara, seniors!        It’s time to say goodbye to the newly-minted Class of 2016. Though graduation season always brings with it a mixed bag of emotions, it’s an exciting time for these young adults as they prepare to make their mark on the world.      Some of you may be heading to college, entering the workforce or taking a moment to...
04/26/2016 - 3:11pm
Notes on the local news        Every once in awhile the Chronicle has a couple of doozies. We are all busy, so oftentimes we can read a truly amazing news story and not think much more about it.      Last week there was a story about the Hampton Public Library and another story about a Mexican in an...
04/26/2016 - 3:11pm
Tax Day        Late nights at the Capitol filled our week as we continued to put the final pieces of the budget together. We completed a significant amount of work on a path towards adjournment.      Last week, the day that the majority of Iowans (and Americans) dread the most, came and went – Tax...
04/19/2016 - 4:16pm
Passing on progress        Despite initial optimism for a productive year, the Iowa Legislature stalled on a few key topics recently as the session inched toward adjournment.      Things like water quality funding and medicinal cannabis oil expansion seemed poised to fail early this week due to a lack...
04/19/2016 - 4:15pm
White as a ghost      This week Paramount released the first image of Scarlet Johansson as “The Major” in their upcoming adaptation of “Ghost In The Shell,” and people were shocked to discover that Johansson was, in fact, white.      Outrage ensued.      Let’...
04/19/2016 - 4:12pm
46 years ago, I was a watermelon        I was in college in Oakland when Sen. Gaylord Nelson instigated Earth Day on a Wednesday in April so college students could participate to the fullest extent. They are malleable and the professors thought the cause was urgent enough that class could wait.     ...
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