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Branstad announces agenda for 2015

January 15, 2015 Gov. Terry Branstad announced a bold plan for action Tuesday in his Condition of the State Address in front of a joint session of the Legislature. more »»

An unfettered free press will survive

January 13, 2015 We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate — even encourage — severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. more »»

John Boehner will remain speaker

January 12, 2015 Much is being made in the press — and in Democratic circles trying to ignore the message voters sent in November — about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives. more »»

International Year of Soils is underway

January 11, 2015 The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced early this month that it had begun its observance of the International Year of Soils. more »»

Torture report warrants dialogue

January 10, 2015 Release of a report on CIA use of torture to get information from a few captured Islamic terrorists raises more questions than it provides answer. more »»

Annual purse drive

January 10, 2015 To the editor: On behalf of It Gets Better — FD and myself, I want to thank each and every one of you personally for the purses and toiletries. more »»

Reacts to Palo Alto firing

January 10, 2015 To the editor: Most days I am proud to be a resident Palo Alto County. On Jan. 6 at 8:30 a.m., this pride was questioned after attending a Board of Supervisors meeting. more »»

Still appreciates Daryl Beall

January 10, 2015 To the editor: With the Iowa Legislature commencing this week, one of its best legislators, Sen. Daryl Beall, will not be in attendance. Sen. more »»

A party at war with itself

January 10, 2015 For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. more »»

Congress must set funding priorities

January 8, 2015 Among President Barack Obama’s budget requests last year was $5.4 billion to fight Ebola abroad and ensure this country is better prepared for an outbreak. Ebola made big headlines, after all. more »»

Federal debt is $18 trillion and growing

January 7, 2015 At more than $18 trillion and climbing swiftly, the U.S. national debt is a very real threat to our prosperity as a natio. more »»

Keeping spending in check is vital

January 6, 2015 Cutting the size and, therefore, the cost of government is a promise politicians at all levels make. Reducing the number of people employed by government is a key to the process. more »»

U.S. missile force needs updating

January 5, 2015 Nuclear weapons proliferation may mean that, if anything, the United States needs a strong, flexible deterrent force. more »»

U.S. and China need ag cooperation

January 4, 2015 U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Iowa’s former governor, was a guest participant at the Goals in Food & Agriculture Session of the U.S. more »»

Cyber attacks warrant more action

January 3, 2015 M embers of Congress are eager to provide military hardware to the Pentagon, whether the armed forces want it or not. The recently approved $1. more »»

Who had the worst year?

January 3, 2015 Jonathan Gruber, sage of MIT and proud champion of the Affordable Care Act, may well have had the worst year in American public life. more »»

Year of the fainting couch

January 3, 2015 The fainting couch doesn’t have the same cachet it did in the 19th century, which is a shame, because it should be more in demand than at any time since the age of corsets and delicate sensibilitie. more »»

Commercial air service to resume

January 2, 2015 For more than half a century there was scheduled airline service at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport. That ended temporarily on Feb. more »»

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015

January 1, 2015 Today, we welcome in a new year. more »»

Let’s take time to reflect on 2014

December 31, 2014 In a short while, 2014 will be in the record books. That makes today an especially good time to reflect on the year that is about to end. more »»



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