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Fighting disease is a permanent battle

March 3, 2015 President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. Nothing accomplishes that like saving lives abroad. more »»

Our allies in this fight need some help

March 2, 2015 Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq — with several dozen American volunteers fighting alongside them — have scored notable successes against Islamic State terrorists. more »»

Is your family’s farm eligible?

March 1, 2015 It’s been more than 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. more »»

Do these negotiations have a chance?

February 28, 2015 No wonder Iran’s rulers thought they could continue developing nuclear weapons without fearing U.S. action to stop them. Under President Barack Obama, they have gotten away with it for years. more »»

Environmental trust fund warrants support

February 27, 2015 In November 2010, the people of Iowa chose to amend Iowa’s Constitution and create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. more »»

Gas tax increase a positive measure

February 26, 2015 Few political moves raise the ire of voters as quickly as a tax hike. more »»

Commercial air service is back

February 25, 2015 After more than a year without scheduled airline service, Fort Dodge Regional Airport is now served by Air Choice One. Flights began Monday. more »»

Let’s not send the wrong message

February 24, 2015 After Islamic terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, members of Congress wasted no time in giving then-President George W. more »»

Ashton Carter takes helm at Defense

February 23, 2015 When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, they went in with the most sophisticated technology available. Helicopters, jet fighters, tanks, “smart” bombs, etc. more »»

It’s FFA Week all across America

February 22, 2015 FFA was established in 1928 as Future Farmers of America. It was renamed the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the rapid changes and greater employment diversity in agricultur. more »»

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 »»



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