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Our local arts world is thriving

February 21, 2015 The arts are thriving in our community. The Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association, which has been part of the local nonprofit world since 1985, is moving aggressively to spread that word. more »»

Congress should proceed with care

February 20, 2015 The more territory they capture, the more recruits they get and the more money they accumulate in their war chest, the more likely Islamic State terrorists are to launch an attack on the U.S. more »»

Jordan deserves strong U.S. backing

February 19, 2015 Islamic State terrorists have beheaded Christian children, buried prisoners alive and crucified people, often videotaping their atrocities and sharing them with the world. more »»

It’s time for some accountability

February 18, 2015 Four U.S. senators who may be viewed by some as unlikely allies are sponsoring a bill that could be one small step toward a rational defense spending policy. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. more »»

Federal deficit must be controlled

February 16, 2015 President Barack Obama and other liberals attempt to bolster their argument for higher taxes and bigger, more expensive government by noting deficit spending has been reduced from the $1... more »»

Foreign sales boost the ag economy

February 15, 2015 Selling products abroad can benefit for all parts of the U.S. economy. In recent years, however, it has been especially important to American agriculture. more »»

Farmland ownership is in transition

February 14, 2015 Farmland is frequently passed from generation to generation. The large number of Heritage and Century farms in the Hawkeye State is testimony to that tradition. more »»

Foster care helps children thrive

February 13, 2015 When youngsters lack a loving and supportive home life — even if that is just a temporary circumstance — they are put at an enormous disadvantage. more »»

Fort Dodgers help combat hunger

February 12, 2015 Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit organization composed of volunteers who package meals for delivery to starving people around the world. more »»

Asset forfeiture policy needs review

February 11, 2015 When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the mov. more »»

Gov. John Kasich is on a mission

February 10, 2015 It is no wonder that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been received so favorably in his multi-state tour on behalf of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. more »»

Iowa benefits from USDA initiative

February 8, 2015 The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced more than $370 million in funding for what it characterizes as “100 high-impact projects” as part of its Regional Conservation Partnership Program. more »»

More government isn’t the answer

February 7, 2015 More and more of what Americans work hard to produce is being taken out of our pockets and sent to Washington. more »»

Reflections on ‘American Sniper’

February 7, 2015 The second-most jarring scene in “American Sniper” takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle’s home in Texas. more »»

The destruction of Ukraine

February 7, 2015 In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touted his Ukraine strategy as a demonstration of “the power of American strength and diplomacy. more »»

Congress should resist spending hikes

February 6, 2015 Barely had “sequestration,” the government spending limits Congress put in place Jan. 1, 2013, celebrated its second anniversary when President Barack Obama urged throwing any restraint to the wind. more »»

Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

February 5, 2015 Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years. The state’s 21st-century economy is characterized by increasing diversit. more »»

Lawmakers save ‘529’ savings plans

February 4, 2015 Making community college free for virtually anyone who wants to attend is a plan President Barack Obama is eager for the public to know about — and, of course, to be grateful to him as its author. more »»

Auschwitz must be remembered

February 3, 2015 Seventy years ago, Soviet army troops stormed through the front gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern Poland. What they found stunned many of the battle-hardened soldiers. more »»

Iowa Power Farming Show starts Tuesday

February 2, 2015 What organizers say is the largest indoor agricultural equipment show in the upper Midwest — and the third largest in the United States — kicks off Tuesday and continues through Thursday at the Iowa... more »»



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