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How about some consistency?

January 3, 2014 Rest assured that if a leading Republican compared Democrats in Congress to members of a murderous cult, there would be calls for the offender to be shunned in Washington. more »»

Don’t repeat the mistake

January 3, 2014 The “Great Recession” from which the nation still is recovering was sparked in large measure by a massive downturn in real estate markets. more »»

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014

January 1, 2014 Today, we welcome in a new year. more »»

Hang on, here we go again

January 1, 2014 Remember last month, when official Washington was assuring the American people a controversial budget deal would prevent any new fiscal crises for some time to come? Well, forget it. more »»

The waste goes on and on

December 30, 2013 Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released his annual “Wastebook,” giving us all a window into the positively absurd ways in which the federal government spends the hard-earned tax dollars we give it. more »»

Governors launch pro-trade initiative

December 29, 2013 International trade is crucial to economic growth both in Iowa and in many other parts of the United States. That’s why Iowa Gov. more »»

Here’s the real story

December 28, 2013 As part of their ongoing campaign to blame Republicans for everything bad that happens in the United States, President Barack Obama and fellow liberals warned this fall that the partial shutdown of... more »»

These proposals have merit

December 28, 2013 When members of Congress get copies of bills under consideration, they also receive estimates of the measures’ costs — not that it seems to do much good in controlling government spending. more »»

More problems at IRS

December 26, 2013 If you owe the Internal Revenue Service money, chances are you will be harassed until you pay up or at least make arrangements to do so. Unless you happen to be doing business with the IRS. more »»

It’s hard to trust this agency

December 26, 2013 One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives. more »»

A day for Christmas thoughts

December 25, 2013 Some 2,000 years ago, an event took place that changed the course of history. more »»

Silent night, holy night ...

December 24, 2013 All across the nation, a feeling of anticipation is in the air. more »»

FDSH band is heading to Outback Bowl

December 23, 2013 The day after Christmas, the members of the Fort Dodge Senior High marching band will leave wintry Fort Dodge for warm and sunny Florida. more »»

Branstad leads RFS protest

December 22, 2013 The biofuels industries are an important part of America’s strategy to have diverse sources of energy. more »»

Local stores deserve support

December 20, 2013 Most people put a considerable amount of thought into their Christmas shopping. Finding just the right gifts and staying within the budget is important, after all. more »»

Problems persist with health law

December 19, 2013 As many as one-fourth of the people who thought they had obtained health insurance through the government’s website,, may be “orphans,” officials confirmed last week. more »»

Congress must stop this farce

December 19, 2013 In Washington, government spending is discussed in terms of billions and trillions of dollars. A million bucks isn’t even enough to merit decimal-point mention in most agency budget. more »»

Congress must demand more accountability

December 18, 2013 The Pentagon cannot account for more than $8 trillion U.S. taxpayers have given it since 1996, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. more »»

Study this plan carefully

December 16, 2013 Proponents of accountability in political campaign financing may have applauded President Barack Obama’s proposal recently to curb tax-exempt groups that use donations made anonymously to influence... more »»

Bill Northey helps Iowa agriculture

December 15, 2013 Once the election season is over, some politicians seem to disappear. Not Bill Northey. more »»



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