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Editorials

The greatest gift!

Iowans are blessed with two of the greatest gifts that could ever be given the gift of bountiful and rich natural resources that provide a dynamic social and economic vitality. The second gift is a special set of citizens that respect and enjoy that bounty and the livelihood and cultural ...

Saluting service and sacrifice

Iowans will welcome friends and family home for the holidays this month to celebrate the joys of the season together. Kids home from college and relatives from far and near will gather under one roof to enjoy each other's company. For U.S. military families, the return of 45,000 troops from ...

Calling all Iowans

Iowa's greatest-generation war heroes need your help: 1,000 U.S. World War II veterans die each day. This why Central & Western Iowa Honor Flight created a fund designed to help get these incomparable men and women to the National War Memorial in Washington, D.C. and Arlington National ...

Iowa needs Democrats for education reform

Every Democrat in the Iowa Legislature was opposed to Governor Branstad's preschool program, and many have expressed opposition to his proposed education reforms. However, not all Democrats in other state Legislatures are opposed to the use of scholarships to address education failure. All ...

Air raid on Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized. A total of twelve ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine ...

Character and integrity

With the sordid details of the alleged Penn State child abuse scandal we are reminded yet again that character and integrity does matter. Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in NCAA division one history has gone from being the proverbial "king of Pennsylvania" to a disgraced coach who was fired ...

The ideology of environmentalism

President Barack Obama's presidency is associated with the continuation of policies that originated in the early 20th century with the Progressive Movement. The Progressive Movement, which contained both Republicans and Democrats, was a diverse group of individuals whose goals included more ...

Working together to embrace education reform

The political winds have already started to drift through the media and into our homes in anticipation of next year's presidential election. For obvious reasons, much of the rhetoric is focused on the economy and job creation. There is little doubt that these will be the paramount issues of ...

Five steps to finding your lucky this Thanksgiving

It is November, the leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter, and families are making their Thanksgiving plans. For me, I can close my eyes and the aroma of my mother's house on Thanksgiving Day rushes over me. She always makes her famous mushy-mushy, what she calls stuffing and more ...

Giving a hand to the less fortunate

As we gather this Thanksgiving to spend time with our families and to enjoy the bounty of the season, we must also remember the many Americans who struggle to put food on their tables.It is hard to imagine any family, child or individual in a nation as fortunate as ours going without food, but ...