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Schools are out — drive safely

June 19, 2014 Commencement exercises are over and area schools for the most part have closed their doors for summer vacatio. more »»

Youth Shelter Care honors Dee Krueger

June 18, 2014 Youth Shelter Care was established June 17, 1979, to serve as a community resource for “youth and families through a diversity of services. more »»

Job picture is still troubling

June 16, 2014 Some young Americans unable to find jobs after they graduate from college, simply stay on campus, working toward advanced degrees. more »»

It’s time to honor our fathers

June 15, 2014 Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old da. more »»

Today is Flag Day

June 14, 2014 More than two centuries ago, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress of the newly established United States of America adopted a resolution making an early version of the stars and stripes our... more »»

Space program needs revision

June 13, 2014 At one time, Americans would have been able to laugh off a thinly veiled threat recently by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. No more. more »»

Congress should intervene

June 13, 2014 A health insurance company that notified one-fourth of its customers their rates might go up or they might not get coverage at all because of an in-office mistake with records might well pay the... more »»

EPA’s action may prove costly

June 12, 2014 The announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency is coming down hard on existing coal-fired power plants raises literally hundreds of question. more »»

Mental health issues require more attention

June 10, 2014 Nearly all the mass murders that have occurred in the United States during recent years have been committed by deeply disturbed people who “fell through the cracks” of laws intended to keep them fro... more »»

VA scandal requires more forceful action

June 9, 2014 At Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the country, lying, cheating bureaucrats are hoping the buck stops with former VA?Secretary Eric Shinseki. It should not. more »»

Keep Iowa’s roads safe

June 8, 2014 Spring is a time when slow-moving farm vehicles begin to reappear on roadways dominated by faster-paced traffic. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who lives in farm country. more »»

Frontier Days kicks off summer

June 6, 2014 Warm weather returned to our area somewhat later this year than most of us would have preferred. more »»

This deal is a wake-up call

June 4, 2014 A major new natural gas contract will do more than keep tens of millions of Chinese warm. It also will thaw relations between their government and Russia. Meanwhile, U.S. more »»

Let’s get this pipeline built

June 4, 2014 Oil prices are back above $100 a barrel, and that will hit U.S. motorists at the gasoline pumps. The most recent price increase, to $103.04 a barrel for benchmark U.S. more »»

VA reforms must be a top priority

June 3, 2014 No wonder some bureaucrats think they can get away with shabby, dishonest treatment of veterans. more »»

Make your voice heard

June 2, 2014 Primary Election Day is almost upon us. On Tuesday, those citizens who choose to vote have the opportunity to shape the future of not only their party but our community, state and nation as well. more »»

World Pork Expo is worth a look

June 1, 2014 The 2014 incarnation of the World Pork Expo gets underway in Des Moines Wednesday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and runs through Friday. more »»

Let’s keep Highway Trust Fund strong

May 31, 2014 No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund. more »»

Northey salutes conservation support

May 30, 2014 Iowans concerned about water quality in the Hawkeye State can take pride in the record of the Legislature this year. That’s Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey’s messag. more »»

This can’t be tolerated

May 29, 2014 Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one’s duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. more »»



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