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U.S. should treat Israel with respect

March 27, 2015 American officials often intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, usually while insisting no such thing is happening. more »»

Area heroes deserve strong praise

March 26, 2015 People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. more »»

Gift makes new auditorium possible

March 25, 2015 Finding the funds to turn worthwhile projects from dreams into realities is a challenge for towns of all sizes. more »»

New EPA target may hurt farmers

March 24, 2015 Farmers are in the Environmental Protection Agency’s crosshairs now. more »»

Not exactly an ‘era of open government’

March 23, 2015 Early in his presidency, Barack Obama pledged it would “usher in a new era of open government.” His administration has done just the opposite. Government is more secretive than ever. more »»

It’s time for spring and farming

March 22, 2015 Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa’s 88,000 farms. more »»

ACA fines may affect millions across U.S.

March 21, 2015 Millions of Americans already have learned that?the Affordable Care Act is hazardous to their financial health. more »»

We need, open transparent government

March 20, 2015 Below are a few examples of “winners” and “sinners” in the area of open, transparent government. more »»

Secret Service misconduct continues

March 19, 2015 After a string of scandals and failures involving the agency’s key duty of protecting the president and first family, President Barack Obama was urged to appoint an outsider to head the Secret... more »»

Help celebrate National Ag Day

March 18, 2015 In just a few days, another winter will come to an end. As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. more »»

What we don’t know can be bad for us

March 17, 2015 Most Americans are not old enough to remember the ongoing, intense controversy over what happened to 18 1/2 minutes of tapes secretly recorded in then-President Richard Nixon’s office in 197. more »»

This project needs to be concluded

March 16, 2015 The problems that have prevented a new prison from opening in Fort Madison are quickly turning the situation into one of the more notorious fiascos involving state tax money in recent Iowa history. more »»

This is Sunshine Week across America

March 15, 2015 Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it. Iowa and most other states have what are called “sunshine” laws. more »»

Clinton’s email explanation falls short

March 14, 2015 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who seems all but certain to be a candidate for president, is telling voters that on matters of importance to every American, we will have to trust her. more »»

The campaign against evil widens

March 13, 2015 In what counts — displays of pure evil — there is no difference between Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Libya and their cousins with Boko Haram in Nigeria. more »»

Racists have no place on campuses

March 12, 2015 Just days ago, Americans had reason to celebrate the virtual destruction of institutionalized racism in our country. more »»

Keystone XL pipeline should be built

March 10, 2015 President Barack Obama can provide no scientifically based specific reason for vetoing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline — but he has killed the measure anyway. more »»

Iran pact must be carefully assessed

March 9, 2015 Reaction by President Barack Obama and some other liberals to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning about Iran’s weapons buildup was curious, to say the leas. more »»

FD celebrates economic success

March 6, 2015 Thursday evening an event took place that was a good deal more than just a social occasion. more »»

These terrorists must be destroyed

March 5, 2015 M illions of young Muslim men throughout the world are unemployed. Yet the vast majority of them have never decided the answer to their dilemma is to behead someone. more »»


Aperture photography exhibit March 27, 2015

Photography Exhibit at the Blanden Art Museum, 920 3rd Avenue South, Fort Dodge, Iowa. Open January 17 through April 11, 2015. Blanden is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5p. more »

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