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Editorial: Success in the field, track
Opinions/Editorials · July 17, 2014
Excuse us if this seems a bit late, but we could not let another week go by — storms or no storms — without recognizing the fantastic efforts by our West Branch High School track and field athletes from the past season.

Soapbox Philosophy: Signs of spring against summer backdrop leads to ...
by Gregory R. Norfleet · Opinions/Editorials · July 17, 2014
Hey, kids — perhaps you can help me figure this out. I’ve got this hunch that something is going on.

Main Street Matters: Don’t let storms wash away assets
by Mackenzie Krob, Main Street West Branch · Opinions/Editorials · July 17, 2014
There is no debate that the recent rains have wreaked havoc upon our community. Events like these are never one’s choosing. But in the darkest clouds, if we choose, we can see a silver lining.

Editorial: Setting Small Town example
Opinions/Editorials · July 11, 2014
Storms hit West Branch with a one-two punch June 30, clean up began the next day, July 1, and, not surprisingly, talk of weather-related damage hovered over the tables at the West Branch Lions Club meeting on July 2.

Soapbox Philsophy: 50th year since Hoover’s state funeral
by Gregory R. Norfleet · Opinions/Editorials · July 11, 2014
Jerry Fleagle and the Hoover Presidential Foundation want big things for the Hoover Complex, and with this year marking the 50th anniversary since the 31st president passed away, they want to bring grandeur and class.

Senate Update: Storms create emergencies in Eastern Iowa
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · July 11, 2014
Because of bad weather throughout June, the Governor has already proclaimed disaster emergencies in 48 counties, including Cedar, Johnson and Muscatine.

Letter: UI punished for its diverse student body
Opinions/Editorials · July 11, 2014
In regard to the University of Iowa being economically punished for having a diverse student body, Governor Terry Branstad says, “I don’t think we should subsidize out-of-state students.”

Editorial: Flood of support showing
Opinions/Editorials · July 04, 2014
No doubt flooding into homes and businesses and public buildings causes a great deal of stress, frustration and uncertainty.

Jerry's Jottings: Need help with 50,000 Hoover Cookies
by Jerry Fleagle, Hoover Association · Opinions/Editorials · July 04, 2014
Growing up in West Branch, I take great pride in calling West Branch “my home town.”
And I am sure I am not alone! Once a “West Brancher,” always a “West Brancher!” If you haven’t made your Hoover’s Hometown Days plans yet, check out the Web site,

Your Capitol Voice: Thoughts go to those hit by storms
by Bobby Kaufmann, State Representative · Opinions/Editorials · July 04, 2014
I hope that everyone has had a fruitful beginning to their summer. It seems as though the rains will never stop.

Letter: Spin on Christianity nothing like this sinner
Opinions/Editorials · July 04, 2014
Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter published June 26 entitled “Conservatives don’t understand Christ.”

Letter: Spread democracy, take nothing for granted
Opinions/Editorials · July 04, 2014
We live in a country of opportunity and freedom, founded and defended through the years by people who believed in the spirit of democracy. So what is this democracy so many have given their lives to defend?

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