Opinion

04/24/2018 - 5:10pm
Age of the Geek Column: This is it. We're just days away from "Avengers: Infinity War." I once marveled at the thought of the first Avengers movie. The unprecedented ambition of making five movies over four years to build up to a single crossover event film. In 2012, it was the greatest thing I'd ever seen. Now, in 2018, it almost seems quaint. If "The Avengers" was...
03/27/2018 - 3:33pm
Ragan Report: Iowa's lack of adequate mental health services is a big concern for most Iowans, according to an Iowa Poll earlier this year. Extensive bipartisan work established Iowa's regional Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) system a few years back. This week, the Iowa Senate approved the next step to providing the right...
03/20/2018 - 4:24pm
Upmeyer Column: We just wrapped up second funnel, where policy bills that came over from the Senate are required to be approved by at least one House committee to remain eligible for consideration this session. With the second funnel come and gone, we have a much smaller list of bills that still need to be acted on and work on next year's...
03/20/2018 - 4:23pm
Ragan Report: Once again, Iowans are frus-trated by how long it's taking to get their state tax refunds. It was unacceptable last year, and it appears to be worse this year. Iowans want answers about why they've waited for weeks for their refunds for the second year in a row. Data shows the state has issued even fewer refunds this year...
03/20/2018 - 4:22pm
Editorial: There is no reason a child shouldn't feel safe at school. Both locally and statewide, we've recently seen an increased emphasis on student safety with more headlines dedicated to school violence. Earlier this month, the senate passed a bill that would require schools to have emergency drills to account for active shooter...
03/20/2018 - 4:20pm
Alternative Column: There was an author being interviewed on the radio who was pointing out the overreactions the government makes to events. He was referring to The War On Terror. I was nodding in agreement until he started faulting conservatives for dragging their feet on Climate Change. They are both crises that are not allowed to go to waste....
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