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A free press is vital to America

August 20, 2013 Our nation’s Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing — the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans’ rights — they were solidly in agreement. more »»

Schools are starting — drive safely

August 18, 2013 The fairs are over or soon will be. It won’t be that long before cooler weather becomes the norm rather than the exception — summer is drawing to a clos. more »»

World Bank should reconsider

August 17, 2013 For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. more »»

Trial raises troubling issues

August 16, 2013 Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went has gone on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, with his life on the line. Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the pos. more »»

New pollution rules needed

August 16, 2013 While power plants must stay within strict limits on the amount of pollutants they release into the air, rules intended to safeguard streams and lakes are much less restrictive. more »»

Bill Ryan will be missed

August 14, 2013 Many Fort Dodgers take pride in the history of their hometown. Bill Ryan, who died Monday, did more than that. more »»

EPA claims cause alarm

August 12, 2013 A poultry farmer is West Virginia named Lois Alt is letting the Environmental Protection Agency know its efforts to overstep its bounds will not go without a fight, even if that fight must come fro... more »»

Farmers markets are good for America

August 11, 2013 Farmers markets are becoming more common not only in Iowa, but also across the nation. The U.S. more »»

Some good news about fracking

August 9, 2013 A U.S. Department of Energy study concluding possibly hazardous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” at gas and oil wells does not pollute groundwater is good news. more »»

Bloomberg won’t give up his quest

August 9, 2013 After New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lost another court challenge to his attempt to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in some locations, he vowed to appeal to a higher court. more »»

Not the ‘reform’ we had in mind

August 8, 2013 Why is it that almost always, when the word reform is used in Washington, it means bigger, more expensive government? And why is it that when liberals talk about creating jobs, they really intend to... more »»

Korean War veterans deserve our thanks

August 7, 2013 Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. more »»

Congress needs to investigate

August 5, 2013 Beside and just below the American flag at many places can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. more »»

Nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair

August 4, 2013 If you love a parade, plan to be in Des Moines Wednesday evening at 6:15. more »»

Middle School open house is today

August 3, 2013 Few things are as important to the future of a community as is the education of its children. Top-notch teachers, of course, are one crucial ingredient of a superb school system. more »»

Iowa Sales Tax Holiday starts today

August 2, 2013 It’s hard to believe, but area families are already beginning to think about the items that will be needed to send young folks back to school properly equipped and looking good. more »»

Let’s focus on essential spending

July 31, 2013 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon’s civilian worker. more »»

U.S. should stay out of Syria

July 29, 2013 Presidents are right to insist the Pentagon prepare contingency plans to meet any eventuality, no matter how remote the possibility they may be used. more »»

Dragon boats are coming back

July 28, 2013 Tall corn and dragon boats may seem like an odd combination, but here in Webster County they both have emerged as symbolic of summer. more »»



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