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‘This is no way to run a government’

July 1, 2015 Even for the federal government, this one may be for the record books: In 1982, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, firm, Solenex, obtained an energy lease on national forest land in Montana. more »»

Cyber security concerns are growing

June 29, 2015 Claims all the personal information on tens of millions of Americans being collected through the Affordable Care Act is secure sound less reassuring in light of a massive cyber security breach a few... more »»

Help celebrate Hometown Pride

June 28, 2015 In every town there are special people who contribute to the success of the community through the giving things they do. more »»

US goals in Iraq aren’t being met

June 26, 2015 American military personnel hoping to help Iraq build an army capable of taking on Islamic State terrorists will not meet their goal of training 24,000 troops by this fall, Defense Secretary Ashton... more »»

Misdeeds at VA continue to unfold

June 25, 2015 It turns out that more than $54 million worth of prosthetic arms and legs purchased one at a time by Department of Veterans Affairs employees — charged on purchasing cards at $24,999 apiece — may be... more »»

World is proving quite dangerous

June 24, 2015 The Russian bear has been growling for some time now, as evidenced by Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine. Now, he may be sharpening his claws. more »»

Security breach is unacceptable

June 23, 2015 No wonder it took government officials so long to admit the gravity of a computer security breach a few weeks ago. It may be the most significant intelligence failure of all time. more »»

This criminal got what he deserved

June 22, 2015 John Donald Cody’s luck nearly ran out in 2013, when a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison for running a massive scam in which he claimed to be running a charity for Nav... more »»

It’s time to honor our fathers

June 21, 2015 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 »»

Exotic diseases remain a real threat

June 20, 2015 We Americans are so accustomed to medical marvels and other technological advances that when a big problem drops out of the page one headlines, we sometimes forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind. more »»

Accountability issues persist in D.C.

June 19, 2015 One might think that when the government pours billions of dollars into a program, there would be some oversight to ensure the money is not wasted. That would not be an accurate assumption, however. more »»

The decades-long dream moves forward

June 18, 2015 The news keeps getting better regarding the more than five-decade-long dream of turning U.S. Highway 20 into a statewide, four-lane thoroughfare. more »»

Decisions about Iraq must be made

June 17, 2015 It turns out that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s assessment that many Iraqis lack the “will to fight” against?Islamic State terrorists may be accurate. What to do about that remains a question. more »»

Government transparency is vital

June 16, 2015 President Barack Obama’s administration, which he promised in 2009 would be the most transparent in history, instead is on track to set new records for concealing information. more »»

Still out of touch in Washington, D.C.

June 15, 2015 National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart has provided new validation for Americans who think many in government have lost touch with reality. more »»

Ag trade continues to boom

June 14, 2015 America’s economy would be more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are made or grown here. more »»

Ah, the stories I’ve gotten to tell

June 14, 2015 A major frustration for any newsroom is when local civic or business leaders make an announcement to their group or their employees, but won’t confirm it for the newspaper because they don’t want it... more »»

The super PAC minuet

June 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — Campaign finance “reformers” think America would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of... more »»

Relay for Life of Webster County is Friday

June 14, 2015 From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. We don’t face cancer alone and neither should you. On Friday at 6 p.m. more »»

US taxpayers deserve better than this

June 13, 2015 Seventeen billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security program. more »»

 
 
 

 

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