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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 »»

Dissatisfied with U.S. Postal Service?

March 4, 2015 Reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with changes made by the U.S. more »»

Fighting disease is a permanent battle

March 3, 2015 President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. Nothing accomplishes that like saving lives abroad. more »»

Our allies in this fight need some help

March 2, 2015 Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq — with several dozen American volunteers fighting alongside them — have scored notable successes against Islamic State terrorists. more »»

Is your family’s farm eligible?

March 1, 2015 It’s been more than 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. more »»

Do these negotiations have a chance?

February 28, 2015 No wonder Iran’s rulers thought they could continue developing nuclear weapons without fearing U.S. action to stop them. Under President Barack Obama, they have gotten away with it for years. more »»

Environmental trust fund warrants support

February 27, 2015 In November 2010, the people of Iowa chose to amend Iowa’s Constitution and create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. more »»

Gas tax increase a positive measure

February 26, 2015 Few political moves raise the ire of voters as quickly as a tax hike. more »»

Commercial air service is back

February 25, 2015 After more than a year without scheduled airline service, Fort Dodge Regional Airport is now served by Air Choice One. Flights began Monday. more »»



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