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Editorial: WBFD’s quick response
Opinions/Editorials · April 28, 2016
West Branch citizens benefit from a fire department with a quick response time with an average that exceeds national standards.

Minds and Matter: Embracing change: Why schools want to move toward project-based learning
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · April 28, 2016
Embracing Change: Why Project-Based Learning?
First, as a proud, long time public school leader, educator, coach and parent, I find the seemingly endless beating of the anti-public school drum, well, offensive.

Senate Update: Finalizing a budget that keeps promises
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · April 28, 2016
As we wrap up the 2016 session, we are working on a responsibly balanced state budget based on details of an agreement between the House and Senate.

Editorial: Burger’s outstanding leadership
Opinions/Editorials · April 21, 2016
What caught our attention when Hoover Elementary Principal Jess Burger won the School Administrators of Iowa 2016 Elementary Principal of the Year was something her mother said: She’s been deeply interested in education since as far back as kindergarten.

Minds and Matter: K-5, 6-12 schools centerpiece to 15-year plan
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · April 21, 2016
West Branch students, staff, families and community members deserve outstanding school facilities.

Letter: From RINOs to Righty Dems: How to pick?
Opinions/Editorials · April 21, 2016
Over the past 30 years the most conservative-minded members of the Republican Party have turned it into a haven for people who consider change a sinful thing — so much so that progressively inclined party members have been treated as Republicans-In-Name-Only heretics to be driven unwelcome from the GOP — a Grand Old Party because it was once that of two forward moving visionaries that were so outstanding that they are affixed looking out on posterity from atop Mt. Rushmore: Presidents Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

Editorial: Wrestling with numbers
Opinions/Editorials · April 14, 2016
Fewer high school wrestlers took the mat this year, yet West Branch Wrestling saw their hard work turn into wins where they could get them, improvement throughout the season and another state qualifier.

School district not laying off full-timers with budget fix
by Kevin Hatfield, School Superintendent · Opinions/Editorials · April 14, 2016
Today’s article is the first in a series of three communications designed to update stakeholders regarding the ongoing strategic work happening in the West Branch School District.

Editorial: Music keeps growing, going
Opinions/Editorials · April 07, 2016
So much has been said about music, but we need to say something specific about it here, in West Branch: Don’t let it end.

Senate Update: REAP funds thousands of jobs, projects in Iowa
by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Opinions/Editorials · April 07, 2016
We’re always looking for ways to make Iowa a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Letter: Why do we treat ‘different’ differently?
Opinions/Editorials · April 07, 2016
Our long season of grays and browns is over. Returning to brighten our world are the greens and yellows of new growth, which will be followed by blossoms of every color imaginable.

Editorial: Langley’s do-something example
Opinions/Editorials · March 31, 2016
Irish author and political theorist Edmund Burke wrote that “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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