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Branstad announces 2016 agenda

January 17, 2016 Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday in his Condition of the State address — delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2016. more »»

Keep science and politics separate

January 16, 2016 Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. more »»

FD moves forward in community competition

January 15, 2016 There was a time when the news that Fort Dodge is advancing in a nationwide competition would be somewhat surprising. But not now. more »»

Visa restrictions should be enforced

January 14, 2016 Members of Congress were right to tighten visa requirements for citizens of 38 countries who formerly did not have to possess the documents to travel to the United States. more »»

Use American troops with caution

January 13, 2016 American troops are being used in a dangerous political balancing act by President Barack Obama. Some already may have died needlessly because of it. more »»

ISIS is just part of a bigger problem

January 12, 2016 Thankfully, President Barack Obama no longer is talking in terms of “containing” Islamic State terrorists. Finally, as he told reporters recently, he is determined to destroy the murderous horde. more »»

Iowa agriculture remains robust

January 10, 2016 On New Year’s Eve, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey shared his observations regarding the state of the farm economy as the new year was about to begin. more »»

Nuclear threat, unfortunately, is real

January 9, 2016 Nuclear war is a “real and growing danger,” former defense Secretary William Perry warned recently. There can be no reasonable argument about that. What is open to question is what U.S. more »»

Congress leaves major work undone

January 8, 2016 Another year has come and gone with neither Congress nor the White House doing anything to ensure Social Security is viable for future generations. more »»

Here’s the real threat to our future

January 7, 2016 No nation on earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable on combat. more »»

The federal debt keeps on growing

January 6, 2016 Among America’s creditors, 2016 promises to be a good new year indeed. Our national debt will top $19 trillion sometime during the yea. more »»

City Council members are sworn in

January 5, 2016 On Monday, the members of the Fort Dodge City Council elected in November were sworn i. more »»

Hawkeye State is in very good hands

January 3, 2016 As 2016 begins, many Americans are unhappy about the direction of the nation. Cynicism about the motives and integrity of elected officials is commonplace. more »»

Good news in the fight against terrorism

January 2, 2016 Bravo, to Saudi Arabia and the 33 other predominantly Muslim nations forming a coalition to fight terrorism. U.S. more »»

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016

January 1, 2016 Today, we welcome in a new year. more »»

Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2015 It is that time of year when holiday parties pile up one after the other over the course of a couple of weeks — and many of them are held after dark and feature alcoholic beverage. more »»

The need for giving is year-round

December 30, 2015 Another Christmas is history. Once again our compassionate area residents have worked something of a miracle for our less fortunate neighbors. more »»

US game plan needs re-examination

December 29, 2015 To hear President Barack Obama, the United States is pouring resources into the battle against terrorism —î and is winning. Unfortunately, it just isn’t so. more »»

Protecting the power grid is crucial

December 28, 2015 What if you flipped the switch some evening and the lights did not come on? Worse, what if the temperature outside was below zero and the furnace would not work? It happens, almost always because o... more »»



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