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Teachers deserve our praise, support

May 13, 2016 Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good school teachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. more »»

Move ahead with extreme caution

May 12, 2016 We Americans have big hearts. They go out to people forced from their homes by vicious terrorists, including the Islamic State. But we have wide-open eyes and ears too. more »»

Subway woes in D.C. warrant action

May 11, 2016 Because terrorists have targeted subways several times in the past, security officials often pay special attention to that mode of transportation. more »»

Too little force can be disastrous

May 10, 2016 We have warned that feeding U.S. troops into Iraq and Syria in relatively small units risks a massacre of them by Islamic State terrorists. A U.S. more »»

John Kasich should be Trump’s pick

May 9, 2016 Ohio Gov. John Kasich fought the good fight for his fellow Americans. He should be given the opportunity to continue doing so — and should take it. more »»

Mothers deserve our thanks

May 8, 2016 If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. more »»

This appointment should be opposed

May 7, 2016 Whether they refuse to even consider him or hold hearings on his nomination, U.S. senators should not place federal Judge Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court. more »»

North Korea remains a major problem

May 6, 2016 North Korea clearly is working feverishly to increase its military capability and to heighten worry about it among other world leaders. more »»

Freedom of speech must be protected

May 5, 2016 Many Americans probably believe the First Amendment is our ironclad guarantee of freedom of speech. more »»

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is Saturday

May 4, 2016 Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. more »»

We must learn how to protect bees

May 3, 2016 A major producer of products used to control garden pests and weeds, the Ortho company, announced recently it will stop using a category of chemicals believed to be harmful to bees. more »»

Bureaucratic nonsense again intrudes

May 2, 2016 The pamphlet titled “Common Sense,” written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. more »»

It’s once again Beef Month in Iowa

May 1, 2016 Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. more »»

Obama’s approach in Iraq is risky

April 30, 2016 F eeding more American troops into Iraq little by little is an invitation to disaster, yet President Barack Obama persists in the practice. Obama vowed U.. more »»

Cubans still seek to escape tyranny

April 29, 2016 When he changed U.S. policy toward Cuba, despite widespread opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted his goal was to improve life for the people of that island country. more »»

Honoring veterans is a laudable tradition

April 28, 2016 Only those Americans who have served in our nation’s military during wartime fully understand the sacrifices veterans make to preserve our freedoms. more »»

Iowa Central helps area prosper

April 27, 2016 Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. more »»

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

April 26, 2016 From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. more »»

Government waste is rampant in US

April 25, 2016 Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fas. more »»

It’s time for artists to come forward

April 24, 2016 The search for artists to be honored in the fifth annual “”Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award” competition is underway. more »»



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