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Security breach is unacceptable

June 23, 2015 No wonder it took government officials so long to admit the gravity of a computer security breach a few weeks ago. It may be the most significant intelligence failure of all time. more »»

This criminal got what he deserved

June 22, 2015 John Donald Cody’s luck nearly ran out in 2013, when a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, judge sentenced him to 28 years in prison for running a massive scam in which he claimed to be running a charity for Nav... more »»

It’s time to honor our fathers

June 21, 2015 Father’s Day is upon us once again. That’s good news for the greeting card vendors. In recent years, they have sold upwards of 100 million cards to Americans intent on paying tribute to good old da. more »»

Exotic diseases remain a real threat

June 20, 2015 We Americans are so accustomed to medical marvels and other technological advances that when a big problem drops out of the page one headlines, we sometimes forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind. more »»

Accountability issues persist in D.C.

June 19, 2015 One might think that when the government pours billions of dollars into a program, there would be some oversight to ensure the money is not wasted. That would not be an accurate assumption, however. more »»

The decades-long dream moves forward

June 18, 2015 The news keeps getting better regarding the more than five-decade-long dream of turning U.S. Highway 20 into a statewide, four-lane thoroughfare. more »»

Decisions about Iraq must be made

June 17, 2015 It turns out that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s assessment that many Iraqis lack the “will to fight” against?Islamic State terrorists may be accurate. What to do about that remains a question. more »»

Government transparency is vital

June 16, 2015 President Barack Obama’s administration, which he promised in 2009 would be the most transparent in history, instead is on track to set new records for concealing information. more »»

Still out of touch in Washington, D.C.

June 15, 2015 National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart has provided new validation for Americans who think many in government have lost touch with reality. more »»

Ag trade continues to boom

June 14, 2015 America’s economy would be more robust if this nation were able to sell in the international marketplace more of the products that are made or grown here. more »»

Ah, the stories I’ve gotten to tell

June 14, 2015 A major frustration for any newsroom is when local civic or business leaders make an announcement to their group or their employees, but won’t confirm it for the newspaper because they don’t want it... more »»

The super PAC minuet

June 14, 2015 WASHINGTON — Campaign finance “reformers” think America would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of... more »»

Relay for Life of Webster County is Friday

June 14, 2015 From close family members to close friends, we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer at some point. We don’t face cancer alone and neither should you. On Friday at 6 p.m. more »»

US taxpayers deserve better than this

June 13, 2015 Seventeen billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security program. more »»

Market on Central resumes Saturday

June 12, 2015 Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. more »»

Hacker threat must be curtailed

June 11, 2015 Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out. more »»

The Iraq blame game is underway

June 10, 2015 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s attitude in demanding more help in the fight against an Islamic State terrorist army should worry U.S. more »»

FBI aircraft use requires scrutiny

June 9, 2015 Claims of “black helicopters” spying on us for the government are not just wild conspiracy theories, it turns out. more »»

TSA’s failings are unacceptable

June 8, 2015 Most people who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulation. more »»

USDA’s new portal makes life easier

June 7, 2015 Late last month the U.S. Department of Agriculture added an online enhancement to its services that promises to make life easier for farmers and ranchers. more »»



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