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Sunshine Week is a vital reminder

March 20, 2016 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 »»

Visiting nation’s capital produces results

March 19, 2016 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 »»

MidAmerican is making Iowa greener

March 18, 2016 The American poet Joyce Kilmer wrote a famous tribute to the beauty and wonder of trees on a February day in 1913. more »»

North Korea remains a serious threat

March 17, 2016 Officials in the U.S. cannot say —î or at least, will not —whether North Korea has managed to miniaturize nuclear weapons enough to use them as missile warheads. more »»

Iran makes its game plan very clear

March 16, 2016 Recently, Iran test-fired two missiles. Painted on both, in Hebrew, was the phrase, “Israel must be wiped ou. more »»

Help celebrate National Ag Day

March 15, 2016 After an at times trying winter, spring is about to arrive. As another growing season approaches, today has been set as National Ag Day by the Agriculture Council of America. more »»

It’s important to prepare for trouble

March 14, 2016 Perhaps it is a reflection of the rough-and-tumble process Republicans are enduring as they attempt to pick a nominee for president, but for whatever reason, Cleveland police are expecting trouble... more »»

FD celebrates its booming economy

March 13, 2016 About 360 community leaders gathered Thursday at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites for food and camaraderie at the annual meeting of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. more »»

Eisenhower’s warnings prove accurate

March 12, 2016 Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a recent report that some Navy SEALs have to share rifles. more »»

Saying ‘goodbye’ to Nancy Reagan

March 11, 2016 During the first half of the nation’s history, wives of our presidents received little public credit or even notice for their behind-the-scenes involvement in public affairs. more »»

Seize the opportunity to learn more

March 10, 2016 Sometime within the next five years, taxpayers probably will have to find $250 million to replace a key bridge at Washington, D.C. more »»

Bureaucrats continue to misbehave

March 9, 2016 The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s former chief security officer knew two people he hired in 2011 had criminal backgrounds, an inspector general’s report has revealed. more »»

Setting a bad example for subordinates

March 8, 2016 Dozens of military intelligence analysts complained last year they were pressured to alter reports to make it look as if U.S. more »»

Muzzling the press isn’t an option

March 7, 2016 No doubt many politicians, both Republican and Democrat, cheered Donald Trump silently for a comment he made last week. more »»

Home & Garden Expo is the place to be

March 6, 2016 With spring in the air, the 2016 Home & Garden Expo should be the destination of choice this weekend for anyone with even the hint of a green thumb or a desire to spruce up the family home. more »»

IRS admits to major security failings

March 5, 2016 If you have used the Internal Revenue Service’s computerized program to obtain copies of your old tax returns, there is an excellent chance criminals have personal information about you. more »»

Obama will definitely have a legacy

March 4, 2016 Americans have to endure less than a year more of Barack Obama’s imperial presidency, but he seems determined to make the time pass painfully. more »»

Congress should ask tough questions

March 3, 2016 If as many as 200 U.S. troops were killed in a terrorist attack, Americans would demand to know how it could have happened. more »»

23rd annual Dayton Expo is Friday

March 2, 2016 The winding down of an Iowa winter is a preoccupation for everyone just no. more »»

We need more scrutiny of the Pentagon

March 1, 2016 Officials of our government reported recently that Cuba has returned a dummy Hellfire missile accidentally shipped there in 2014. more »»



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