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Editorials

Freedom is Precious

On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 238 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.Although the human spirit yearns for freedom, ...

Letter to the Editor: North Tama FCCLA

Dear Editor,North Tama High School FCCLA would like thank the local community for helping make our Halloween shoe trick-or-treating fundraiser a success. We collected a total of 250 pairs of shoes. 218 pairs of shoes were donated to Soles for Souls, which is a non-profit organization that ...

Slices of Life – Charger envy

It's become an integral part of my family's everyday life: Charging. And I'm not talking about the kind you do at a store with a plastic rectangle - although I am proud to announce we are pre-approved at least once a week.Plugging in has become a part of our daily routine and at my house we're ...

Q&A on Flag Day

Q: Why celebrate Flag Day?A: Flag Day observes the anniversary of the adoption of the "Stars and Stripes" on June 14, 1777, as the national flag of the United States of America. The alternating red and white stripes represent the 13 original colonies. The white stars reflected the "new ...

Slices of Life – Charger envy

It's become an integral part of my family's everyday life: Charging. And I'm not talking about the kind you do at a store with a plastic rectangle - although I am proud to announce we are pre-approved at least once a week.Plugging in has become a part of our daily routine and at my house we're ...

Q&A on Flag Day

Q: Why celebrate Flag Day?A: Flag Day observes the anniversary of the adoption of the "Stars and Stripes" on June 14, 1777, as the national flag of the United States of America. The alternating red and white stripes represent the 13 original colonies. The white stars reflected the "new ...

Slices of Life – The day of Doug

He bounded into the yard Saturday morning around 10:00 - unannounced and uninvited - with an enthusiasm usually reserved for squirrels. He was off-putting at first, in part because of his exuberance and in part because of his mouth. It had teeth and a tongue and when it comes to unknown dogs, ...

Helping Iowans break through bureaucratic inertia

During the recent two-week break in the congressional calendar, I continued my 2014 road trip across Iowa in April, visiting with Iowans in schools and on-the-job in their hometown communities. For the last 34 years, I have held meetings with Iowans in every county, every year.Keeping in touch ...

Letter to the Editor: John Kerry

Dear Editor,Is it possible that his Secretary of State John Kerry is the same John Kerry who became a hero to the North Vietnamese in the Viet Nam War by being a traitor to the United States and now calls young Edward Snowden a traitor ?Is this the same John Kerry who claimed before Congress ...

Letter to the Editor: I support Rod Blum

Dear Editor,I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with U.S. Congress Candidate Rod Blum.As a business owner, I can appreciate Mr. Blum's understanding of the tax and regulatory burdens that our government has placed on both large and small business owners such as farmers, store ...