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An ally says ‘thank you’ to America

April 2, 2015 Too often, American service men and women make great sacrifices for seemingly unappreciative people in foreign countries. more »»

Yemen developments raise questions

April 1, 2015 In January, President Barack Obama referred to U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in Yemen as a “model” for avoiding massive deployments of American troops. In recent days, however, U.S. more »»

This measure must be approved

March 31, 2015 Of course, Congress should approve a measure to prevent steep cuts in amounts the Medicare program would pay health care providers. And of course President Barack Obama should sign it into law. more »»

Visits to nation’s capital produce results

March 30, 2015 Visiting our nation’s capital is always an adventure. Walking the hallways where history was made and continues to unfold is seductive for even the most jaded among us. more »»

Follow the letter and the spirit of the law

March 29, 2015 Any meeting with three or more of the Webster County Supervisors is subject to Iowa’s open meeting law. more »»

Rival budget plans have shortcomings

March 28, 2015 Republicans in Congress are being criticized by liberals for a budget proposal that makes relatively modest cuts in federal spending. more »»

U.S. should treat Israel with respect

March 27, 2015 American officials often intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, usually while insisting no such thing is happening. more »»

Area heroes deserve strong praise

March 26, 2015 People whose positive actions go far beyond the ordinary warrant particular praise. more »»

Gift makes new auditorium possible

March 25, 2015 Finding the funds to turn worthwhile projects from dreams into realities is a challenge for towns of all sizes. more »»

New EPA target may hurt farmers

March 24, 2015 Farmers are in the Environmental Protection Agency’s crosshairs now. more »»

Not exactly an ‘era of open government’

March 23, 2015 Early in his presidency, Barack Obama pledged it would “usher in a new era of open government.” His administration has done just the opposite. Government is more secretive than ever. more »»

It’s time for spring and farming

March 22, 2015 Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa’s 88,000 farms. more »»

ACA fines may affect millions across U.S.

March 21, 2015 Millions of Americans already have learned that?the Affordable Care Act is hazardous to their financial health. more »»

We need, open transparent government

March 20, 2015 Below are a few examples of “winners” and “sinners” in the area of open, transparent government. more »»

Secret Service misconduct continues

March 19, 2015 After a string of scandals and failures involving the agency’s key duty of protecting the president and first family, President Barack Obama was urged to appoint an outsider to head the Secret... more »»

Help celebrate National Ag Day

March 18, 2015 In just a few days, another winter will come to an end. As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. more »»

What we don’t know can be bad for us

March 17, 2015 Most Americans are not old enough to remember the ongoing, intense controversy over what happened to 18 1/2 minutes of tapes secretly recorded in then-President Richard Nixon’s office in 197. more »»

This project needs to be concluded

March 16, 2015 The problems that have prevented a new prison from opening in Fort Madison are quickly turning the situation into one of the more notorious fiascos involving state tax money in recent Iowa history. more »»

This is Sunshine Week across America

March 15, 2015 Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it. Iowa and most other states have what are called “sunshine” laws. more »»

Clinton’s email explanation falls short

March 14, 2015 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who seems all but certain to be a candidate for president, is telling voters that on matters of importance to every American, we will have to trust her. more »»



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