Editorial: Dying unions and flat wages in Iowa

Over the past century or two, labor unions brought about several positive changes: better safety standards, eight-hour workdays, health-insurance benefits, pensions, and many other aspects of the workplace that are taken for granted today. But unions' power has faded substantially in recent decades because of plummeting membership, according to data from the Current Population Survey.

Overton: The Internet won't save rural Iowa

After a long wait, we may soon get to welcome parts of rural Iowa to the late-20th century. Gov. Terry Branstad has decided that the state cannot let our fellows in the vast Iowa hinterland continue living in the dark ages, before the advent of the almighty Internet.

Richson: The upside of plasma donation

The first time I heard about receiving payment for plasma donation, I was a tad put off. For lack of better description, donating plasma is basically draining your precious bodily fluids in exchange for "free" money; I wondered if the people donating their plasma would miss it or even notice it was gone.

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