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US taxpayers deserve better than this

June 13, 2015 Seventeen billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security program. more »»

Market on Central resumes Saturday

June 12, 2015 Downtown Fort Dodge is on the rebound. more »»

Hacker threat must be curtailed

June 11, 2015 Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves out. more »»

The Iraq blame game is underway

June 10, 2015 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s attitude in demanding more help in the fight against an Islamic State terrorist army should worry U.S. more »»

FBI aircraft use requires scrutiny

June 9, 2015 Claims of “black helicopters” spying on us for the government are not just wild conspiracy theories, it turns out. more »»

TSA’s failings are unacceptable

June 8, 2015 Most people who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulation. more »»

USDA’s new portal makes life easier

June 7, 2015 Late last month the U.S. Department of Agriculture added an online enhancement to its services that promises to make life easier for farmers and ranchers. more »»

It’s time to rethink Iraq strategy

June 6, 2015 American officials should rethink how military assets are being used in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, President Barack Obama said recentl. more »»

Frontier Days kicks off summer

June 5, 2015 Warm weather returned to our area somewhat later this year than most of us would have preferred. more »»

Why is no one held accountable?

June 4, 2015 Why are top leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs not firing bureaucrats by the dozens? That may be the question some veterans were asking during Memorial Day weekend, as one more VA scandal... more »»

LifeFlight service is a huge asset

June 3, 2015 Trinity Regional Medical Center is a remarkable health care facility. more »»

IRS security failings must be fixed

June 2, 2015 Thieves stole about $5.8 billion from the Internal Revenue Service in 2013, by taking tax refunds due to people whose personal information they used to make the claims. more »»

Family farms are still thriving

May 31, 2015 Family farms have been at the heart of American agriculture since early in the nation’s history. more »»

US defense secretary spoke the truth

May 30, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s assessment of why the Islamic State terrorist army took Ramadi — “the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight” — probably destroyed his popularity in Baghda. more »»

Saudis move to counter Iran’s influence

May 29, 2015 Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who commands U.S. special operations forces, said recently the withdrawal of American troops from Yemen hampers action against al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. U.S. more »»

Spring into Fort Dodge is a splendid event

May 28, 2015 As the local economic boom accelerates, more and more new people are becoming part of our community. more »»

Iraq strategy requires a reappraisal

May 27, 2015 Contrary to what some commentators are saying, Islamic State terrorists’ conquests of the Iraqi city of Ramadi do not raise questions about U.S. strategy to defeat the vicious group. more »»

Procrastination harms the nation

May 26, 2015 Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue — highway and bridge funding — that lawmakers’ toes must be getting sore. more »»

Take the time to remember

May 25, 2015 Today is Memorial Day. For many people, it is a time to welcome the summer season by taking advantage of a three-day holiday weekend to spend relaxing time with friends and family. more »»

Out-of-towners can help FD prosper

May 24, 2015 It’s often difficult to appreciate blessings close at hand. Hawkeye State tourism may well be in that category for many Iowan. more »»



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