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It’s almost time to caucus in Iowa

January 30, 2016 Iowa’s presidential nominating caucuses get enormous attention from the national news media and respected political pundits because they come at the very start of the presidential campaign. more »»

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

January 29, 2016 What organizers say is the largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest — and the third largest in the United States — kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa... more »»

Distracted drivers endanger everyone

January 28, 2016 Cellphones are everywhere. The notion of a telephone that could be instantaneously available anywhere was the stuff of science fiction in the quite recent past. more »»

Screening measure blocked in Senate

January 27, 2016 Already approved by the House of Representatives, a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States has been blocked by a procedural vote in the U. more »»

Obamacare’s woes are persisting

January 26, 2016 Like shady sales people who need to meet quotas, federal officials in charge of the Obamacare program are far more concerned with numbers than quality care for customers. more »»

Kurds deserve prompt US assistance

January 25, 2016 Leaders of the Kurdish people in Iraq, who have battled Islamic State terrorists more courageously and effectively than the Iraqi army, say they are in desperate need of money. more »»

Plan to attend the Pork Congress

January 24, 2016 For more than four decades, the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Iowa Pork Congress has been an event where pork producers and assorted experts gather to share views and information about an... more »»

Hillary Clinton backs ‘Obamacare’

January 23, 2016 During the most recent debate of the rivals for the Democrat nomination for president, Hillary Clinton pledged to retain the Affordable Care Act health insurance system —î “Obamacare. more »»

Jordan is a valued American ally

January 22, 2016 Americans may have no better friends in the Muslim world than the people and leaders of Jordan. Even before Islamic terrorists began making headlines on Sept. 11, 2001, Jordan was our ally. more »»

US Supreme Court is poised to act

January 21, 2016 Labor union leaders may have had their fingers crossed, hoping no one would spot the Achilles heel in the self-preservation argument they have used so successfully for many years. more »»

Body cameras make sense for police

January 20, 2016 The work of law enforcement officers is vitally important to everyone who lives in this community. Our town is fortunate to have an exceptionally professional Police Department. more »»

Branstad announces 2016 agenda

January 17, 2016 Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday in his Condition of the State address — delivered at a joint session of the Legislature — a sensible plan of action for 2016. more »»

Keep science and politics separate

January 16, 2016 Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. more »»

FD moves forward in community competition

January 15, 2016 There was a time when the news that Fort Dodge is advancing in a nationwide competition would be somewhat surprising. But not now. more »»

Visa restrictions should be enforced

January 14, 2016 Members of Congress were right to tighten visa requirements for citizens of 38 countries who formerly did not have to possess the documents to travel to the United States. more »»

Use American troops with caution

January 13, 2016 American troops are being used in a dangerous political balancing act by President Barack Obama. Some already may have died needlessly because of it. more »»

ISIS is just part of a bigger problem

January 12, 2016 Thankfully, President Barack Obama no longer is talking in terms of “containing” Islamic State terrorists. Finally, as he told reporters recently, he is determined to destroy the murderous horde. more »»

Iowa agriculture remains robust

January 10, 2016 On New Year’s Eve, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey shared his observations regarding the state of the farm economy as the new year was about to begin. more »»

Nuclear threat, unfortunately, is real

January 9, 2016 Nuclear war is a “real and growing danger,” former defense Secretary William Perry warned recently. There can be no reasonable argument about that. What is open to question is what U.S. more »»



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