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Freedom of speech must be protected

May 5, 2016 Many Americans probably believe the First Amendment is our ironclad guarantee of freedom of speech. more »»

Friends of St. Edmond Ball is Saturday

May 4, 2016 Catholic education has been an important part of life in Fort Dodge almost since the town was founded. The first Catholic school got underway in 1862. more »»

We must learn how to protect bees

May 3, 2016 A major producer of products used to control garden pests and weeds, the Ortho company, announced recently it will stop using a category of chemicals believed to be harmful to bees. more »»

Bureaucratic nonsense again intrudes

May 2, 2016 The pamphlet titled “Common Sense,” written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. more »»

It’s once again Beef Month in Iowa

May 1, 2016 Gov. Terry Branstad has officially proclaimed May as Beef Month in Iowa. For many of us, every month is a time to partake of a food that ranks high on the list of culinary favorites. more »»

Obama’s approach in Iraq is risky

April 30, 2016 F eeding more American troops into Iraq little by little is an invitation to disaster, yet President Barack Obama persists in the practice. Obama vowed U.. more »»

Cubans still seek to escape tyranny

April 29, 2016 When he changed U.S. policy toward Cuba, despite widespread opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted his goal was to improve life for the people of that island country. more »»

Honoring veterans is a laudable tradition

April 28, 2016 Only those Americans who have served in our nation’s military during wartime fully understand the sacrifices veterans make to preserve our freedoms. more »»

Iowa Central helps area prosper

April 27, 2016 Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to all of north central Iowa. more »»

Conservation keeps Iowa prosperous

April 26, 2016 From the time the first European settlers made Iowa their home, the state’s rich, productive farmland has been at the heart of the state’s economy. more »»

Government waste is rampant in US

April 25, 2016 Remember when Congress said it was eliminating earmark spending? Absurd wastes of taxpayer money through pork barrel projects were going to be a thing of the past. Not so fas. more »»

It’s time for artists to come forward

April 24, 2016 The search for artists to be honored in the fifth annual “”Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award” competition is underway. more »»

North Korea poses a major threat

April 23, 2016 A new missile defense system will be deployed in South Korea, despite Chinese opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters recently. more »»

Earth Day is a time for unity

April 22, 2016 The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built. more »»

Censorship has no place in America

April 21, 2016 Nearly everyone agrees censorship and eliminating access to books are wrong. more »»

IG criticizes management of EPA

April 20, 2016 When the tables are turned, the U.. more »»

Transparency isn’t being achieved

April 19, 2016 Sometimes, sweeping unpleasantness under the rug does work. more »»

Fur Ball is Saturday at FD Ford Toyota

April 18, 2016 It would be hard to imagine 21st-century America without pets. They contribute wonderfully to the happiness and well-being of people of all ages. more »»

Water quality gets a major boost

April 17, 2016 Keeping water everywhere in the Hawkeye State as free of contaminants as possible is an important goal. more »»

Dysfunction continues in VA system

April 16, 2016 On a Wednesday, it was announced the Martinsburg, West Virginia, veterans hospital would be closing its inpatient psychiatric facility. more »»



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