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Economy is far from a success story

September 26, 2016 Applications for unemployment benefits were up during the first week of September. Retail sales slumped in August. Manufacturing was down in many areas of the country. more »»

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

September 25, 2016 Nobody knows exactly how long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. more »»

Something is seriously wrong in D.C.

September 24, 2016 Don’t worry, liberals ranging from Hillary Clinton to President Barack Obama assure us. The government can check all those immigrants from the Middle East to ensure none of them are terrorists. more »»

Fear of the truth is becoming a problem

September 23, 2016 Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack. more »»

The fight overseas must be continued

September 22, 2016 It is no longer as easy as it was 15 years ago for terrorist groups to mount major assaults within the United States. more »»

More business as usual in Washington

September 21, 2016 Even when egregious misbehavior occurs among federal officials, the punishment often is light or nonexistent. So it will be with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. more »»

North Korean threat continues to grow

September 20, 2016 There has been no indication for years that North Korea was slackening the pace of its arms buildup. Nothing the rest of the world has done in response has proven effective. more »»

Hate crimes are especially disturbing

September 19, 2016 As a nation, we Americans are a good, fair, compassionate people. Nearly all of our neighbors are that way. more »»

Let’s keep rural life accident free

September 18, 2016 National Farm Safety and Health Week begins today — it’s the 73rd consecutive annual observance. This year’s theme is “farm safety ... a legacy to be proud of. more »»

Hillary Clinton makes her views clear

September 17, 2016 Hillary Clinton made her feelings toward those who dare to disagree with her clear not long ago. more »»

The Clinton email scandal continues

September 16, 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly, sometimes under oath, that her lawyers and technicians turned over all the emails she stored illegally on a personal server while she was... more »»

Withholding news doesn’t make sense

September 15, 2016 During a visit to Bangladesh on Aug. 29, Secretary of State John Kerry had some advice for the press: Stop scaring people. Cut back on those reports of terrorist atrocities. more »»

Obamacare is destined to be changed

September 14, 2016 President Barack Obama’s signature federal takeover of health insurance clearly was a mistake. Millions of Americans are paying more, often much more, for coverage because of Obamacare. more »»

This expenditure is extremely troubling

September 13, 2016 Members of Congress finally are showing some overdue concern about another outrage at the Department of Veterans Affairs. more »»

There’s some good news from China

September 12, 2016 Beijing deserves credit for a striking achievement in conservation. The giant panda, native to China, no longer is an endangered species, an international conservation group has determined. more »»

A day for memories and fierce resolve

September 11, 2016 Sept. 11, 2001, is a day etched in the memories of Americans. The horrifying images of what began as a beautiful September morning and changed abruptly into hellish chaos remain vivi. more »»

Gorillas need our help without delay

September 10, 2016 Humankind has not done a very good job of stewardship involving the animal kingdom. more »»

Clay County Fair is an Iowa treasure

September 9, 2016 The days are a tad shorter. The kids are back in school. There’s a hint of fall in the air. The season for summer fairs and festivals is nearly at an en. more »»

Elephants need more help to survive

September 8, 2016 Elephants seem to be doing well in some African countries, but they are being slaughtered by poachers at an alarming rate in others. more »»

Mylan is part of much bigger problem

September 7, 2016 Mylan Pharmaceuticals deserves every bit of the bad press it is getting for taking advantage of the nation’s health care system to reap enormous profits by overpricing a life-saving devic. more »»



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