Opinion

05/26/2015 - 2:16pm
Poultry show cancellations a tough call, but the right one        The dreaded bird flu virus claimed more victims last week, but this time it was poultry shows at county fairs across the state.      The Iowa Department of Agriculture’s decision to cancel all live bird exhibitions, poultry sales and other events was less than shocking – the...
05/26/2015 - 2:15pm
A Last Top Ten For David Letterman         It's the end of another era. Last week David Letterman, the true successor to Johnny Carson, hosted his final episode of The Late Show.      I never watched his work on "Late Night with David Letterman," but his move to CBS in 1993 eventually...
05/26/2015 - 2:15pm
New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed        Memorial Day was observed on Monday. The history of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, began three years after the end of the Civil War when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan ordered his posts to decorate graves in 1868.      “We should...
05/26/2015 - 2:14pm
Guns, drugs and taxes: Legislature still busy as it creeps towards adjournment        The House continued to work toward adjournment this week as we considered the last remaining budget bill, the Standings Appropriations bill, on the House floor. That being said, most of the budget bills will now be discussed in conference...
05/19/2015 - 10:22am
Failing our faith?   Letter to the Editor:        Upon hearing on the news that belief in God has shrunk to 70 percent, I took a look at the attendance at our churches and the lack of dedication by some members who claim faith, but have totally abandoned attending and listening faithfully to what God’s Word says...
05/19/2015 - 10:21am
Hampton woman grateful for quality local health care   Letter to the Editor:        I fell and crushed my hip on April 12. I went to Mercy in Mason City to have it replaced, and a few days later came back to the hospital here in Hampton. Trust me, if you need to be in the hospital or care center for some reason, be...
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