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Second chances, yes; lack of disclosure, no

November 4, 2015 America has been a land of second chances for many people. For that reason, President Barack Obama’s call for better efforts to integrate ex-convicts into society probably will resonate among many. more »»

50 Special Ops troops are now in harm’s way

November 3, 2015 Members of U.S. military special operations units are very, very good at what they do. But they are not that goo. more »»

Why is our government spending so much on PR?

November 2, 2015 Why is our government spending so much on PR? Environmental Protection Agency officials would have us believe they do an enormous amount of good in saving lives, safeguarding our health and, to... more »»

Et Cetera ...

October 31, 2015 Police chief earns kudos The folks in Dunnell are praising the work of their police chief, Al Helmers, for his role in breaking up a string of burglaries affecting businesses in Northrop, Truman,... more »»

Funding decision should not end ongoing reviews

October 30, 2015 Fairmont Area School Board voted this week to have the district assume financial responsibility for two varsity sports that have been funded by local associations. more »»

School looking to hire resource officer again

October 29, 2015 Fairmont Area Schools has done an excellent job of managing its money in recent years. more »»

Why can’t bureaucrats be held accountable?

October 28, 2015 Look under “accountability” in the dictionary and who knows whose pictures you may see? What will not accompany the text is a portrayal of a federal bureaucra. more »»

Government spending must be campaign issue

October 27, 2015 Government spending must be campaign issue During the next several weeks, conservative members of Congress will face a perfect storm of politics over government spending. more »»

Feds spend too much

October 26, 2015 Feds spend too much The government needs more of our money, liberal politicians insist. Really? During the fiscal year that ended Sept. more »»

Et cetera ...

October 24, 2015 Good communication We believe that a public forum held this week to address the possible threat to Fairmont Area Schools — and the response to it — was productive. more »»

Junior Achievement serves great purpose

October 23, 2015 We want to take some time and space here to laud the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce and local schools for participating in Junior Achievement, an economics education program. more »»

Iowans should consider principles, then choose

October 22, 2015 People living in northern Iowa are among those who face a huge responsibility this year and next — helping choose a new president. more »»

Obama shifts again on Afghan troop needs

October 20, 2015 President Barack Obama may have begun doing the right thing in Afghanistan — but time will tell whether he will follow through. more »»

Why would anyone trust U.S. anymore?

October 19, 2015 Why would anyone trust U.S. anymore? Americans can’t be trusted. They don’t keep their commitments. more »»

Et Cetera ...

October 17, 2015 Officials forced to act Fairmont school officials and local police overreacted in an abundance of caution this week to an online threat, which led to the arrest of a teen in Jeffers. more »»

Nobel Prize winner has insights into poverty

October 16, 2015 To the jeers of liberals who claim they are merely insensitive to the poor, conservatives have argued for years that simply throwing money at the economically disadvantaged is foolish. more »»

Case could create real dangers on state roads

October 15, 2015 A case in the Minnesota court system is raising eyebrows as well as questions, as a defendant argues that he should not have been charged with refusing to take a blood test for possible DWI because... more »»

What Freedom Caucus deserves is more support

October 14, 2015 Minnesotans and Iowans may or may not grasp or care about the power struggle taking place in the U.S. House of Representatives. They should. There is much at stake. more »»

Police body camera reveals heroic action

October 13, 2015 What would you do if you were a policeman who — fortunately wearing a ballistic vest — had just been shot by a suspect? Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often... more »»

Taliban fooled us once; it shouldn’t happen again

October 12, 2015 Taliban fooled us once; it shouldn’t happen again We Americans seem to be viewed as suckers by many of our enemies. more »»



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