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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 »»

If allegations of favoritism, interference are true, we expect swift punishment

February 23, 2008 Federal Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson has been accused several times of using his agency for political purposes and interfering improperly in local housing projects in several locations. more »»

Clinton’s health care scheme attacks you

February 21, 2008 George Orwell may have chosen the wrong gender for his arch-villain in the novel, “1984.” To judge by comments made by Sen. more »»

Bush’s budget isn’t innovative unless it trims some major fat

February 19, 2008 In unveiling his $3.1 trillion budget proposal recently, President Bush referred to it as “innovativ. more »»

McCain would do well to remember how he got into the driver’s seat

February 19, 2008 Mitt Romney’s decision to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination for president seems to leave Sen. John McCain in the driver’s seat. more »»

City streets should be in list of council’s top projects for coming year

February 16, 2008 The Marshalltown City Council earlier this week released its list of goals for the coming year as well as a list of ongoing goals it hopes to see addressed. It’s a good list. more »»



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