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Pentagon budget includes much waste

January 21, 2015 When he warned Americans about what has come to be called the “military-industrial complex” in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower left out a vital component — politician. more »»

Keystone XL pipeline is good for America

January 20, 2015 Members of the House of Representatives have approved a measure that would force President Barack Obama to allow construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipelin. more »»

Remembering Fort Dodge’s past

January 19, 2015 Hollywood has its famous Walk of Fame honoring legends of the movie industry. Stars on the walkway permanently preserve the names of performers long after their careers have become largely forgotte. more »»

Charles Grassley assumes a major new role

January 18, 2015 With Republicans now the majority party in the United State Senate, all of that body’s committees are now chaired by members of the GOP. more »»

It’s out of the headlines — for now

January 17, 2015 Remember Ebola? For a few weeks last year, the disease was the big story in the news. It has become an afterthought for many Americans, however. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. more »»

MLK Remembrance Ceremony is Saturday

January 16, 2015 On Saturday the local Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Ceremony will take place in Fort Dodge at the First Presbyterian Church, 111 Fifth Ave. N., commencing at 9:45 a.m. more »»

Branstad announces agenda for 2015

January 15, 2015 Gov. Terry Branstad announced a bold plan for action Tuesday in his Condition of the State Address in front of a joint session of the Legislature. more »»

An unfettered free press will survive

January 13, 2015 We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate — even encourage — severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. more »»

John Boehner will remain speaker

January 12, 2015 Much is being made in the press — and in Democratic circles trying to ignore the message voters sent in November — about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives. more »»

International Year of Soils is underway

January 11, 2015 The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced early this month that it had begun its observance of the International Year of Soils. more »»

Torture report warrants dialogue

January 10, 2015 Release of a report on CIA use of torture to get information from a few captured Islamic terrorists raises more questions than it provides answer. more »»

Annual purse drive

January 10, 2015 To the editor: On behalf of It Gets Better — FD and myself, I want to thank each and every one of you personally for the purses and toiletries. more »»

Reacts to Palo Alto firing

January 10, 2015 To the editor: Most days I am proud to be a resident Palo Alto County. On Jan. 6 at 8:30 a.m., this pride was questioned after attending a Board of Supervisors meeting. more »»

Still appreciates Daryl Beall

January 10, 2015 To the editor: With the Iowa Legislature commencing this week, one of its best legislators, Sen. Daryl Beall, will not be in attendance. Sen. more »»

A party at war with itself

January 10, 2015 For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. more »»

Congress must set funding priorities

January 8, 2015 Among President Barack Obama’s budget requests last year was $5.4 billion to fight Ebola abroad and ensure this country is better prepared for an outbreak. Ebola made big headlines, after all. more »»

Federal debt is $18 trillion and growing

January 7, 2015 At more than $18 trillion and climbing swiftly, the U.S. national debt is a very real threat to our prosperity as a natio. more »»

Keeping spending in check is vital

January 6, 2015 Cutting the size and, therefore, the cost of government is a promise politicians at all levels make. Reducing the number of people employed by government is a key to the process. more »»

U.S. missile force needs updating

January 5, 2015 Nuclear weapons proliferation may mean that, if anything, the United States needs a strong, flexible deterrent force. more »»

U.S. and China need ag cooperation

January 4, 2015 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Iowa’s former governor, was a guest participant at the Goals in Food & Agriculture Session of the U.S. more »»



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