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Editorials

Slices of Life – The patio project

I am tired. My back is sore. My arms ache. My husband put me through the ropes this weekend. He had me completely tied up with yard work.Our little project involved considerable moving of earth and sod as well as lifting and placement of 4,524 pounds of patio blocks. But that's just an ...

Storms Create Emergencies Across Iowa

Because of bad weather throughout June, the Governor has already proclaimed disaster emergencies in 48 counties, including Black Hawk. This proclamation allows state resources to be used to respond to and recover from the storms. Black Hawk is also among 25 counties in which the proclamation ...

Happy Birthday, America

Celebrating the 4th of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. It's also the time to reflect on the charter of freedom that immortalized our destiny for 238 years and counting.In the months leading up to America's historic ...

Renewables Can Put the Brakes on High Gas Prices

As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon.With prices rising so fast, there's never been a more important time for America to invest in alternative ...

Slices of Life – Picture perfect

When my kids were babies, I took lots of photos - always hoping to get the one perfect shot. This was during the prehistoric, pre-digital age, when cameras required film and film required developing. You couldn't take a million pictures and preview them on your screen. You had to send them away ...

Don’t Muzzle Freedom of Speech

There are few things more sacred to the individual rights of citizens of the United States than the Bill of Rights. The Founders embraced the natural rights of individuals and secured for posterity these timeless principles to thwart infringement of individual liberties by government ...

Q&A on Checks and Balances

Q: What's significant about the recent ruling on the President's use of recess appointments?A: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a definitive rebuke of President Obama for misusing authority delegated by the Constitution. The unanimous decision affirms fundamental constitutional boundaries ...

Slices of Life – Picture perfect

When my kids were babies, I took lots of photos - always hoping to get the one perfect shot. This was during the prehistoric, pre-digital age, when cameras required film and film required developing. You couldn't take a million pictures and preview them on your screen. You had to send them away ...

Don’t Muzzle Freedom of Speech

There are few things more sacred to the individual rights of citizens of the United States than the Bill of Rights. The Founders embraced the natural rights of individuals and secured for posterity these timeless principles to thwart infringement of individual liberties by government ...

Q&A on Checks and Balances

Q: What's significant about the recent ruling on the President's use of recess appointments?A: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a definitive rebuke of President Obama for misusing authority delegated by the Constitution. The unanimous decision affirms fundamental constitutional boundaries ...