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Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2012 December 7, 2012, marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the day that does in fact live “in infamy. more »»

A smarter way to grade America's high schools

December 3, 2012 Everyone agrees that America's high schools need to do a better job of preparing students to be "college- and career-ready. more »»

Defending Liberty and the Second Amendment

November 30, 2012 The Second Amendment is once again under attack as many liberals and progressives are calling for new gun control measures in the aftermath of tragic shootings such as the incident which occurred at... more »»

Entitlements to die for

November 28, 2012 With the recent election we are now assured that the “Affordable Health Care Act” will now be fully implemented as an additional entitlement. more »»

November- A season of philanthropy

November 22, 2012 The month of November has traditionally been a time for Iowans to count their blessings. more »»

Be Kind, Kindness Matters

November 22, 2012 To all of the folks in our neighborhood, our community, and our families and to ourselves, be kind. This has been another year of hardships, sadness, helplessness and loss of hope. more »»

Iowa Valley reaches out to candidates

November 14, 2012 The establishment of an Iowa comprehensive community college system was created in 1965 as the result of legislation called “The Area Vocational Schools Act. more »»

They Did Their Share

November 11, 2012 On Veteran's Day we honor Soldiers who protect our nation. For their service as our warriors, They deserve our admiration. more »»

All quiet on the Iranian front

November 9, 2012 Editor’s Note:Dennis Lamb retired from the CIA?in 2002 after serving 30 years in its Directorate of Operations as a Case Officer and as an Intelligence Analyst. He is a native of Chelsea. more »»


November 7, 2012 With the theme of one of the political campaigns being “forward,” it is indeed time that we move beyond the political rancor of the campaign and move forward to solve this nations problems. more »»

Lessons learned

October 24, 2012 Editor's Note; Dennis Lamb retired from the CIA in 2002 after serving 30 years in its Directorate of Operations as a Case Officer and as an Intelligence Analyst. He is a native of rural Chelsea. more »»

VOTE?NOW! -For Tama County entries

September 28, 2012 Voting in the Dream Big Grow Here Cedar Valley grant contest is now underway. more »»

Community minded

September 27, 2012 After nine months in office as your mayor, I would like to give credit where credit is due. more »»

What is wrong with this picture? USPS picks winners and losers

September 19, 2012 The newspaper business—both small and large papers—has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.. more »»

The Farm Bill

September 17, 2012 Unlike the drought-stricken row crops which fell victim to a merciless season of cloudless skies, high temperatures and scorched earth, a bumper-sized crop of crowds turned out across the state this... more »»

Jech named “Friend of Agriculture”

September 14, 2012 Iowa Senate candidate Jane Jech has been designated a ‘Friend of Agriculture’ and endorsed for election to the Iowa Senate by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. more »»

IVCCD: Very good and getting even better through CQI

September 12, 2012 On Aug. 13, I addressed all Iowa Valley Community College District employees at our annual Staff Day event that we hold to “kick off” each new academic year. more »»

Living the Worry Free Life

September 9, 2012 Life is full of challenges. We are faced each day with the challenge of balancing work, family, and personal time. more »»

Drycleaners need your help!

August 30, 2012 The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute is asking you to help its member cleaners “Keep Our Earth Clean and Green. more »»

Being a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention

August 24, 2012 In less than three weeks I’ll be one of 5,556 delegates to the Democratic National Convention arriving in Charlotte North Carolina to cast a ballot to re-nominate President Obama as my party’s... more »»



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