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UN peacekeepers are performing poorly

August 22, 2016 When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations’ peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace? Been awhile, hasn’t it? More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the... more »»

Help keep our environment safe

August 21, 2016 Protecting the Hawkeye State’s soil and water resources is important both to the economic future of Iowa and the quality of life of everyone who calls this state home. more »»

Volunteers can make a big difference

August 20, 2016 Public-spirited people who make time in their lives to support worthy causes help make any town a better place to live. more »»

Winning on battlefield won’t be enough

August 19, 2016 A few weeks ago, we warned that defeating terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State on the battlefield probably will mean an increase in brutal attacks by their operatives. more »»

Growing debt hurts the US economy

August 18, 2016 Congressional Budget Office analysts estimate the national debt, now at 75 percent of the gross national product, will grow to 86 percent in a decade. more »»

Federal spending is still out of control

August 17, 2016 President Barack Obama brags that his stewardship over the federal budget has been praiseworthy. Why, spending deficits are going down, he proclaims. Wron. more »»

This fiasco is probably costing lives

August 15, 2016 One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died — no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers — as a result of the failure. more »»

Welcome news for Iowa beef producers

August 14, 2016 Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye State. more »»

‘Big money’ isn’t really the main issue

August 13, 2016 Hillary Clinton has pledged that if she is elected president, she will do something about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Cour. more »»

A truly pointless gesture

August 13, 2016 \The Obama administration is entering its final months, but it’s never too late to further diminish U.S. influence and discomfit our allie. more »»

Presidential debates should be moved

August 12, 2016 By late September, even voters interested in the presidential election may be ready for some football as an alternative to politics. more »»

Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is back

August 11, 2016 Tall corn and dragon boats may seem like an odd combination, but here in Webster County they both have emerged as symbolic of summer. more »»

Zika poses a significant health risk

August 10, 2016 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika viru. more »»

VA health care is still a major problem

August 9, 2016 Important progress has been made in caring for those who have served our country, President Barack Obama told attendees at the Disabled American Veterans national conference recently. more »»

Snell-Crawford Park is looking good

August 8, 2016 Snell-Crawford Park has long been one of our town’s most popular and impressive locales for a wide range of recreational pursuits. more »»

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

August 7, 2016 If you love a parade, plan to be in Des Moines Wednesday evening at 6:15. more »»

Farmers markets are good for America

August 6, 2016 Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. They are an important source of attractively priced, nutritious food. With that in mind, U.S. more »»

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts today

August 5, 2016 It’s hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. more »»

A sad spectacle in Baltimore is ending

August 4, 2016 On April 12, 2015, Baltimore, Maryland, police arrested 25-year-old Freddie Gray on a charge of possessing an illegal switchblade knife. more »»

It turns out there was a real conspiracy

August 3, 2016 It turns out there may be something to that vast conspiracy then-first lady Hillary Clinton condemned in 1998. She got one thing wrong, however. more »»



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