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Editorial: Sportsmanship challenge
Opinions/Editorials · September 18, 2014
Yes, we are glad to see West Branch coaches and parents pounding the drum for local athletes to practice good sportsmanship. Yes, we are glad that the Iowa High School Athletic Association recognized West Branch Community Schools for going an entire year without seeing a single player or coach get ejected from a sporting event.

Senate Update: Iowa ranks high for fiscal responsibility
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · September 18, 2014
A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best-run states in the country.

Letter: Bernie Sanders would make best president
Opinions/Editorials · September 18, 2014
Sen. Tom Harkin’s 37th and final steak fry is over and in paraphrase of it being time to fish in place of just endlessly cutting bait; it’s time to stop the grilling and to bite into some red meat.

Letter: Braley and most Dems voted for this fiasco
Opinions/Editorials · September 18, 2014
Here we go again, like President Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter in a debate Mr. Reagan had with him. What a great statement that was; put Carter on the defense.

Letter: Children should value, celebrate Constitution
Opinions/Editorials · September 18, 2014
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Editorial: Hoover Complex draws visitors, economic impact
Opinions/Editorials · September 11, 2014
Looking across the neatly trimmed and pristine landscape that includes the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, it may surprise you that it last year drew nearly 129,000 people spending more than $7.1 million in the area.

Soapbox Philosophy: Ice Bucket Challenge? That’s cool
Opinions/Editorials · September 11, 2014
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge swept through West Branch in the past two weeks, with many individuals, children and community leaders dumping buckets of near-freezing water on their heads to participate in some good-natured fun and to raise money for an affliction also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Letter: Forget Utopias and work on things together
Opinions/Editorials · September 11, 2014
Looking for a way forward, a new vision for our country calls us to step outside of our comfort zones.

Editorial: Working like a dog park
Opinions/Editorials · September 04, 2014
Congratulations to Dog Park Inc., the city’s Animal Commission and the many volunteers and civic groups who helped create the new West Branch Dog Park.

Senate Update: Training a skilled Iowa workforce
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · September 04, 2014
Studies repeatedly find that employers are unable to find workers with the skills to fill job openings, education and training don’t match workplace needs, and workers are not aware of programs that can train them in new skills.

Letter: Don’t make democracy a laughingstock here
Opinions/Editorials · September 04, 2014
Mark Twain once said, “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.”

Letter: Make Cedar County a leader in voter turnout
Opinions/Editorials · September 04, 2014
A few weeks ago, an editor for the Tipton Conservative posed a question for her readers.

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