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Government could be role model, instead of irresponsible with money

April 19, 2008 We’ve done a lot of talking about the government in recent days, particularly the Iowa Legislature and some of its recent actions. more »»

A lot of hypocrisy in smoking ban

April 17, 2008 Gov. Chet Culver signed a new statewide smoking ban into law this week. more »»

Legislation shows leaders have become too power hungry

April 13, 2008 Just who do Iowa legislators think they are? If there is one theme emerging from this year’s legislative session, it has to be “power.” Rather, a “power hungry” state government. more »»

The basic premise of guns on planes remains protection for all

April 12, 2008 Opponents of the federal policy of allowing airline pilots to take guns into their cockpits already have begun having a field day with a report of an incident in late March. more »»

Go ahead and apologize, then demand answers

April 1, 2008 At least snoops among contractors working at the State Department are nonpartisan in their approach to invading privacy. more »»

Customer service never is the focus of any giant Monopoly

March 30, 2008 Many of us have had the experience: We have a piece of mail that needs to go out immediately, so we go to the post office after normal operating hour. more »»

Congress should remove loophole that adds danger for troops fighting overseas.

March 23, 2008 It has been estimated that during the past five years, fraud involved in contracts between the federal government and private companies has cost taxpayers $14 billion. more »»

In battle for the nomination, don’t forget all the pork peddlers

March 16, 2008 Both Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton have claimed that they will not be influenced by “special interests” or “Washington lobbyists. more »»

Seriously, doesn’t Congress have anything better to do? We can think of plenty

March 15, 2008 The United States has a national debt of more than $9 trillion. American troops remain embroiled in a campaign against terrorism. The Social Security program is broken. more »»

William F. Buckley Jr.

March 11, 2008 No single public intellectual had a greater impact on the latter half of the 20th century than William F. Buckley Jr. more »»

Talk Back March 9, 2008

March 9, 2008 I wish the snowmobilers would shovel my sidewalk if they come down the sidewalk and put snow all over it again so I don’t get fined. more »»

Our economy will work itself out without the help of politicians

March 9, 2008 Americans once again are witnessing the strength of our economy in adjusting to errors — not to mention the eagerness of politicians to find ways to take credit for addressing “crises. more »»

It’s time to put the brakes on the return of one dangerous fad: Street Racing

March 8, 2008 A tragedy recently near Washington, D.C., is a reminder of the terrible risks taken by those who turn public streets and highways into racetracks. more »»

It’s time for America to beef up its history education

March 6, 2008 One reason so many young Americans may view Sen. Barack Obama as the “new JFK” may be that few of them know much about the real President John F. Kenned. more »»

Is Cuba’s change of guard a step toward freedom?

March 2, 2008 Most Cubans have never known freedom, in large measure because they have never lived without Fidel Castro as their nation’s dictator. That is about to change — officially, at least. more »»

Another stamp increase?

March 1, 2008 First-class U.S. Postal Service stamps will increase in price on May 12, going up to 42 cent. more »»

When the going gets tough, the ‘tough’ ... hold hearings?

February 28, 2008 Congress has yet to provide funding needed by American troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other trouble spot. more »»

If Marines aren’t welcome, then our tax dollars shouldn’t be either

February 26, 2008 Officials in Berkeley, Calif. have created a new mess for themselves, by allowing a few ultra-liberals to attempt to bully the Marines. more »»

Drug informants and police created a Nightmare

February 24, 2008 Law enforcement officials in and near Mansfield, Ohio, are involved in a nightmare — one that they helped create for more than two dozen innocent people. more »»



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