Opinion

06/21/2016 - 4:28pm
Whole-grade sharing conversations are a great first step    Long have been the days where conversations about the future of education in Franklin County have been held. For many years, prognosticators have spelled the doom and gloom of smaller schools. However, in the day and age of smaller classrooms, higher expectations and fewer dollars to spend, local school board members from CAL...
05/17/2016 - 12:30pm
Primary pregame      Though some Iowans are still nursing their hangovers from caucus season, we’ve got more hot political action coming down the pike: The June 7 primary election.      The local ballot features a few contested races on the GOP side. As you’ve probably noticed on yard signs...
05/17/2016 - 12:30pm
Renovated jail “may put Hampton on the national map”   Letter to the editor:        Who in his right mind would want to go to jail?      Well, not many people, but I’ve learned that a lot of people want to find out what it would be like to spend some time locked up without...
05/17/2016 - 12:18pm
The failed hog plant project      Hogs paid for our farm. I remember hearing them called “the mortgage-lifter.” Now I know why.      They also provided our kids with responsibilities, something my aunt from California says is lacking in urban environments. Looking back, I wouldn’t have...
05/17/2016 - 12:17pm
The Marvel Way      There’s a lot to unpack about “Captain America: Civil War.”      I knew I was going to write about it this week, but had a hard time deciding what exactly to write about. Do I breakdown the philosophical battle between Captain America and Iron Man? Do I apply the film...
05/17/2016 - 12:13pm
Maintaining our commitments in tight budget times      The 2016 legislative session wrapped up April 29. It was a tight budget year, but as always, we balanced the state budget responsibly. Iowa will end the fiscal year with a $75 million surplus and $700 million in reserve funds.      Some of our biggest...
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