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IRS needs to face budget realities

July 23, 2015 Taxpayers were not given good service by the government tax agency this year, officials admit. Advocates for the Internal Revenue Service blame —î you guessed it — budget cuts. more »»

Data thefts raise serious questions

July 22, 2015 A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers’ secrets would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. more »»

Military spending is under review

July 21, 2015 The future of military spending is underway in the nation’s capital. “I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go,” Army Chief of Staff Ge. more »»

Girls softball is back in Fort Dodge

July 20, 2015 One of summer’s most enjoyable events begins today. The Girls State Softball Tournament will be the highlight of the season for the 40 teams that made it to state-level competitio. more »»

RAGBRAI arrives in FD Monday

July 19, 2015 Now in its 43rd year, RAGBRAI is a summer event in the Hawkeye State that is known not only all across America but internationally as wel. more »»

Keep the Delta Queen on our rivers

July 18, 2015 Government protects us, or says it does, from virtually every risk. Sometimes it also protects us from our heritage. more »»

Greece finally confronts reality

July 17, 2015 No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country’s economy from going belly-up. more »»

Urban-Ag Academy is a worthy endeavor

July 16, 2015 There was a time when the majority of those people elected to the nation’s legislatures knew a great deal about the issues that are important to rural America. more »»

It’s time for some innovative thinking

July 15, 2015 Federal funding to help low-income children in public schools does not necessarily aid all of them. Under Title I, the biggest such initiative at about $14. more »»

Some things sound good but aren’t

July 14, 2015 Former Maryland Gov. more »»

Let’s keep our farms safe for kids

July 12, 2015 According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, agriculture is the second most dangerous occupation in the nation with a death rate at 22.7 per 100,000 workers. more »»

Greece’s problems have a message

July 11, 2015 The recent vote by Greeks to reject a bailout offered by the European Union reflects a dangerous game of “chicken” being played by that country’s people, encouraged by their government. more »»

Taliban extremists just might win

July 10, 2015 As many critics of President Barack Obama’s get-out-at-any-price policy in Afghanistan warned, it has emboldened Taliban extremists. more »»

Study has implications for US policy

July 9, 2015 Throughout the Middle East are schools in which millions of boys and girls are taught mathematics, language skills, science and hatred of Jews and sometimes Americans. more »»

Clinton’s email use remains an issue

July 8, 2015 Federal officials are required to use government email accounts and servers for their official correspondence whenever possible. more »»

A whistleblower retires at the VA

July 7, 2015 Perhaps the most important person in the Department of Veterans Affairs is retiring, leaving behind a long list of critics. Some say he did not do his job well enough. more »»

What are they waiting for in D.C.?

July 6, 2015 Federal budget deficits in the half-trillion-dollar a year range apparently are being viewed as a success by President Barack Obama and some in Congress. more »»

Be sure to attend your county fair

July 5, 2015 Times change. Even so there are a few constants in life. One is the pleasure provided by the county fairs that continue to be a highlight of summer in the Hawkeye Stat. more »»

Community Health Needs Assessment is underway

July 5, 2015 Every three years UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment. more »»

It’s a day to celebrate America

July 4, 2015 Whether you spend this Fourth of July picnicking, swimming, boating, enjoying a parade, attending a community celebration, watching a fireworks display or just plain loafing, there should be at leas... more »»



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