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Congress should require transparency

December 20, 2014 With all the worry over a “government shutdown” predominating news from Capitol Hill earlier this month, one failure by Congress passed almost unnoticed. more »»

Congress helps people with disabilities

December 19, 2014 Millions of people with disabilities and their families are poised to receive an early Christmas present this year, thanks to Congress. The U.S. more »»

Preserving natural areas is important

December 18, 2014 Many Americans live within a few hours’ drive of valuable, often beautiful, natural areas preserved in part because of a federal tax break. It ought to be made permanent. more »»

Parks, historic sites are a priority

December 17, 2014 Some national parks and historic sites are much more than beautiful places and reminders of our heritage as Americans. more »»

Help make future holidays festive

December 16, 2014 The holiday season is made more festive by outdoor decorations and light displays. more »»

Report about CIA raises concerns

December 15, 2014 Much of the contents of a Senate report on use of torture by the CIA was known before the document was released this week. more »»

Pipeline project offers opportunities, controversy

December 14, 2014 The oil boom in North Dakota has emerged in recent years as one of the Midwest’s most important economic stories. more »»

Great news from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica

December 13, 2014 A decision made public Friday by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica should make the holiday season merrier for area residents. more »»

Holmes Christmas Club helps make holidays merrier

December 12, 2014 In just about every community, there are some individuals and families for whom — because of difficult financial straits — the holidays are something less than truly festive. more »»

Deere Tractor & Engine Museum opens

December 11, 2014 FROM OTHER EDITORS Area residents who have lived in the Cedar Valley for any significant amount of time know well the huge impact John Deere has had on this area. more »»

Micromanaging is creating problems

December 10, 2014 As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military. more »»

The cost of health care is on the rise

December 9, 2014 Saving most Americans money on health insurance by repealing the most objectionable sections of the Affordable Care Act ought to be a priority when the new Congress convenes early next year. more »»

Did Democrats not get the message?

December 8, 2014 Democrats in Congress seem to have learned nothing from the Nov. 4 elections. By repudiating President Barack Obama’s policies, many voters also were being critical of Democratic leaders in the U.S. more »»

The Santa Cops are back once again

December 7, 2014 The Santa Cops project — now entering its 14th year — is a delightful effort to make the holiday season a bit brighter for area youngsters whose families need a hand up to make this time of year as... more »»

GEAR UP Iowa has a crucial mission

December 6, 2014 More than a half century ago, the Iowa General Assembly created the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, which is a state agency “dedicated to making the path to education and training beyond high... more »»

Congress has some vital work to do

December 5, 2014 Time is running out for Congress to act on critical pieces of legislation. more »»

The fight against terrorism is vital

December 4, 2014 Kenyans on the bus stopped by armed men at dawn on a recent Saturday knew they were in trouble when their assailants demanded each recite the Shahada, part of Islamic scripture. more »»

Hagel’s departure is not good news

December 3, 2014 President Barack Obama does not seem to have very good luck in keeping secretaries of defense. The third one of his administration, Chuck Hagel, is resigning. more »»

This death did not need to happen

December 2, 2014 Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland probably would be alive today had he not brandished a realistic-looking gun when challenged by a police office. more »»

Let’s celebrate 4-H achievements

December 1, 2014 The Webster County 4-H Leaders Recognition and 4-H Awards Banquet was Sunday at the Best Western Starlite Village in Fort Dodge. more »»



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