Opinion

12/12/2017 - 5:39pm
Age of Geek Column: By now, if you use the internet at all, you've probably heard about net neutrality. For those that need a refresher, net neutrality is the idea that all the data zipping around the internet should be treated equally when it comes to how fast or slow it travels from a web host to your house. Whether it's a heavy bandwidth usage site like Netflix or your own personal...
10/31/2017 - 4:35pm
Pate Column: An election that could have a major impact on your daily life is rapidly approaching. City elections will take place throughout Iowa on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Although these elections do not receive much attention, they are every bit as important as the general elections held in Iowa every two years. As a former mayor of the state’s...
10/31/2017 - 4:34pm
Alternative Column: Back in my college days I had an interest in Buddhism. I carried around a little book that basically said a clear mind enables a happy and productive life. I thought Buddhists were supposed to be peaceful. But then comes Burma, now known as Myanmar, where 7,000 Rohingya Muslims have been murdered, untold numbers raped and 600,...
10/24/2017 - 3:57pm
Age of the Geek Column: Halloween is coming, but there's something even more terrifying lurking in the shadows for gamers. Modern DLC and microtransaction practices. I've touched on DLC (downloadable content) many times before, but here's a quick recap to get you caught up. Since the dawn of the 21st Century, it's become an...
10/24/2017 - 3:54pm
Ragan Report Column: Recommendations released Oct. 17 by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance lay out a plan to enhance the skills of Iowa workers so that they can fill local job openings. The recommendations build on our bipartisan work over the past several years. Iowa business leaders continually tell us that the number one problem facing our economy...
10/24/2017 - 3:53pm
Newsplaining Column: As I was watching college football for the first time this weekend, I found myself floating in and out of the controversy of whether or not I was perpetuating the taking advantage of college athletes or passing the time with a late Saturday night football game. An under the radar debate happening in collegiate sports world is...
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