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Common sense was lacking

April 11, 2014 Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost. more »»

Veterans deserve better than this

April 8, 2014 Veterans Administration officials insist they are making progress in reducing the time those who have served our country in uniform must wait for decisions on disability benefits. more »»

Don’t miss out on Citizen’s Academy

April 7, 2014 Television shows, movies and novels about law enforcement have been successful for decades. That’s strong evidence that a great many Americans are fascinated by this aspect of our modern world. more »»

Branstad seeks to protect Iowa’s egg industry

April 6, 2014 Egg production is hugely important to the agricultural economy in the Hawkeye State. Iowa leads the nation in egg production with an annual output of more than 14.4 billion eggs. more »»

Not the way law enforcement should work

April 4, 2014 It should be clear to Americans that President Barack Obama’s opinion is that the law is what he and he alone says it is — even if it encourages wholesale slaughter of bald eagles, the nation’s... more »»

Administration needs to be more transparent

April 3, 2014 Nearly 400 airplane flights taken for personal reasons by Attorney General Eric Holder and other top Justice Department officials were not included in government reports on use of aircraf. more »»

2014 Fur Ball deserves support

April 2, 2014 It would be hard to imagine 21st-century America without pets. They contribute wonderfully to the happiness and well-being of people of all ages. more »»

Obama is not dealing effectively with Putin

March 31, 2014 Russian leader Vladimir Putin and many other world leaders know how to use power. They understand diplomacy, military might and economics. Some use their personalities to exert pressure. more »»

Let’s slow down on RICL

March 30, 2014 Rock Island Clean Line is working on securing easements across 375 miles of Iowa, looking to string a direct current electric transmission line that will flow electricity generated from a... more »»

It’s vital to sell Fort Dodge and Webster County in Washington, D.C.

March 29, 2014 Visiting our nation’s capital is always an adventure. Walking the hallways where history was made and continues to unfold is seductive for even the most jaded among us. more »»

Area heroes deserve praise

March 28, 2014 People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. more »»

FAA is slowing innovation

March 27, 2014 There are all sorts of possibilities for using unmanned drone aircraft to make our lives better. No pun intended, but the sky’s the limit. Except in the United States. more »»

Not fulfilled: A promise of transparency

March 25, 2014 When President Barack Obama took office, he promised Americans the most transparent administration in history. Just the opposite has occurred. more »»

Protect volunteer fire departments from ACA rules

March 24, 2014 For many years, many Americans have been able to count on volunteer fire departments to come to our aid in emergencies. more »»

Help celebrate National Ag Day

March 23, 2014 After an especially brutal winter, spring has finally arrived. As another growing season approaches, Tuesday has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. more »»

All coups are not treated the same

March 22, 2014 No wonder so many foreign leaders are reluctant to go along with U.S. policy initiatives. more »»

Who cares about senior citizens?

March 22, 2014 President Barack Obama does not have to worry about votes from senior citizens this fall. more »»

This is Sunshine Week across America

March 21, 2014 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 »»

Sending too mixed a message

March 20, 2014 Apparently neither Attorney General Eric Holder nor his boss, President Barack Obama, are familiar with the concept of sending mixed messages. more »»

Not connecting the ‘dots’

March 19, 2014 Islamic terrorists hoping for another opening to massacre Americans must wonder sometimes whether we can even see the “dots,” much less connect them. After the Sept. more »»



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