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National debt keeps on increasing

August 23, 2014 Another reminder of the seriousness of the national debt came earlier this summer, when foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities topped $6 trillion for the first time in history. more »»

Federal court demands IRS action

August 22, 2014 Internal Revenue Service officials finally are being called to account in court. more »»

Branstad pays tribute to Friendship Haven

August 21, 2014 Gov. Terry Branstad was in Fort Dodge Wednesday to take official note of the high quality of the care provided at a major component of Friendship Haven — the John and Lin Simpson Health Center. more »»

U.S. role in Iraq must not escalate

August 20, 2014 To Americans of a certain age, the news out of Washington may sound disturbingly similar to reports from more than a half-century ago. more »»

TSA failures seem to keep happening

August 19, 2014 Perhaps it is time federal airport security screeners are told to do more “profiling” of a sort. Recently, a San Francisco woman managed to sneak aboard an airliner in San Jose, Cali. more »»

Schools are starting — drive safely

August 18, 2014 The fairs are over or soon will be. It won’t be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception — summer is drawing to a clos. more »»

STEM initiative is succeeding

August 17, 2014 There is widespread agreement that if the years ahead are to be a time of growth and prosperity rather than stagnation and hardship, our nation and state must have a work force with the skills... more »»

Israel’s case is extremely persuasive

August 16, 2014 Israeli leaders have been criticized roundly by officials in the U.S. and other countries — and yes, by many in the media — for their handling of the conflict against the Hamas terrorist organization. more »»

More than air strikes will be needed

August 15, 2014 Islamic State terrorists poised to conquer Iraq will suffer from U.S. airstrikes — but that will not be enough to defeat them. Only attacks on the ground can do that. more »»

Liberal senators urge Obama action

August 14, 2014 President Barack Obama is being urged to use an executive order to crack down on what are being called “corporate deserters.” Three members of Congress requested the action. more »»

Racial bigotry has no place in politics

August 13, 2014 Claims that opposition to President Barack Obama has racist undertones have become common. more »»

Inspectors general are vital watchdogs

August 12, 2014 Perhaps the best friends Americans have in government are the inspectors general who act as watchdogs to root out waste and sometimes, crime by politicians and bureaucrat. more »»

Islamic State poses a huge threat

August 11, 2014 Al-Qaida, behind the Sept. more »»

Charles Grassley keeps his promise

August 10, 2014 When a politician makes a promise, it’s not uncommon for voters to respond with skepticism. When U.S. Se. more »»

Ebola threat is a serious concern

August 9, 2014 N early 20 years ago, author Richard Preston’s nonfiction book, “The Hot Zone,” told a horror story as disturbing as any make-believe tale. more »»

Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is back

August 8, 2014 Tall corn and dragon boats may seem like an odd combination, but here in Webster County they both have emerged as symbolic of summer. more »»

It’s National Farmers Market Week

August 7, 2014 F armers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.. more »»

It’s vital to keep Medicare strong

August 6, 2014 M any members of the House of Representatives want to forestall implementation of a proposal that would increase costs for the Medicare program, while forcing many older Americans to leave their own... more »»

BBC mandate is wrong approach

August 5, 2014 Americans are more fortunate than many know in having a wide variety of privately owned newspapers and other information source. more »»

VA needs to clean house aggressively

August 4, 2014 In the private sector, the penalty for not performing sometimes is losing one’s job. Lying about it is an almost certain route to a pink slip. more »»

 
 
 

 

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