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Boko Harum must be destroyed

May 27, 2014 It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible. more »»

Take time to remember

May 26, 2014 Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and famil. more »»

Visitors can help FD prosper

May 25, 2014 It’s often difficult to appreciate blessings close at hand. Hawkeye State tourism may well be in that category for many Iowan. more »»

Iowa leads in egg production

May 24, 2014 Egg production is big business in Iowa. The Hawkeye State has more than 50 major egg producers. The state’s nearly 60 million layers generate a remarkable 1. more »»

This approach makes no sense

May 23, 2014 A demonstration of the topsy-turvy, self-defeating nature of U.S. energy policy is being provided right now in Washington, D.C. U.S. senators are debating a major energy bill. more »»

Support veterans — buy a poppy

May 22, 2014 The men and women who have served this nation in times of war should have a place in our hearts at all times, but most especially as the Memorial Day weekend approaches. more »»

Double standards aren’t acceptable

May 20, 2014 Federal regulators demand that the rest of us, including individuals, companies and states, comply with rules intended to safeguard the environment. more »»

This tax fraud must be stopped

May 19, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop the. more »»

Graduates are a source of pride

May 18, 2014 All across Iowa, this is the time of year when high schools celebrate at commencement exercises an important milestone in the lives of seniors — graduation. more »»

Meddling may cause waste

May 17, 2014 As chairman of a special U.S. Senate committee investigating logistical aspects of how the U.S. was conducting World War II, then-Sen. more »»

Apply this simple test

May 17, 2014 Members of Congress should apply a simple test to the American Legion’s demand that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two high-ranking subordinates resig. more »»

Build this pipeline now

May 16, 2014 U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., may be familiar to some Iowans because he is often in demand for nationally televised interview programs. more »»

Disease threats are very real

May 15, 2014 Several years ago, the book and resultant movie “Outbreak” sparked some public interest in diseases that spread like wildfire and are virtually impossible to treat. more »»

These charges require action

May 15, 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs officials have testified in Congress that there is no basis for allegations of corruption and mismanagement that may have killed as many as 40 veterans at a VA?hospita... more »»

Burning ban is sensible policy

May 14, 2014 On Monday, the Fort Dodge City Council voted 5-2 to temporarily lift the city’s ban on open burning. more »»

Pass pipeline authorization

May 13, 2014 President Barack Obama is fond of using executive orders to pursue his agenda even when Congress disagrees. Perhaps it is time for lawmakers to return the favor. more »»

We need more information

May 13, 2014 Institutionalized bigotry was abolished years ago in the United States. Yet, as we are reminded regularly, some Americans’ hearts still are closed to the idea of equalit. more »»

This is National Transportation Week

May 12, 2014 National Transportation Week began Sunday and runs through Saturday. This celebration of the transportation industry has taken place each May since it became a permanent event in 1962. more »»

Mothers deserve our thanks

May 11, 2014 If you think that Mother’s Day is one of those holidays created by the greeting card industry, you may be in for a surprise. more »»

Wrongdoing is rampant

May 10, 2014 You’ve seen it happen dozens of times: A government official breaks the law. He or she is “severely reprimanded” and forced to resign. And there the episode end. more »»



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